This betting review covers the Manchester derby, between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford. While the title race is effectively over, neither side will be taking this fixture lightly. Here we review the key betting markets and highlight the bookmakers offering the best prices.
Match: Manchester United v Manchester City
Competition: The Premier League
Kick Off: 20:00 08/04/2013 (GMT)
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Manchester United have been relentless in their pursuit of the title. They are undefeated since mid-November, eighteen League games ago. They have won fifteen of those games, and also won their last seven on the bounce. No other team can compete with that form, hence their almost unassailable lead at the top of the table. The defence has been particularly strong of late, recording six clean sheets in a row. The only doubt through all this has been the form of Robin van Persie who has failed to find the net for the Reds recently – his hat-trick for Holland suggests it is little more than a temporary blip however. With fourteen wins from fifteen games at Old Trafford, the hosts are worthy favourites.
Manchester City would love to get a result at Old Trafford, to remind their city rivals that they remain a threat, and to lay down a marker for next term. The title has gone, but this game will be fiercely competitive come what may. It is the Citizens away form which has been their Achilles heel this term, with just seven wins recorded from fifteen fixtures on their travels. Defeats at Sunderland and more recently, Southampton, highlight the problem and any similar performance will make an away win very unlikely. Other than Arsenal, City have not managed to defeat any other team currently sitting in the top seven places when on the road, so they need to buck that trend here. With an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to, the League may no longer be the number one priority.
Other Betting Markets
BetVictor and Betfair currently dominate the ‘Anytime Goalscorer‘ markets. Robin van Persie leads the market, despite his current drought, he is priced up at 2.62, and the returning Wayne Rooney is 2.8 with BetVictor. Edin Dzeko is City’s leading scorer, and he and Carlos Tevez are priced up at 3.85 and 3.47 respectively (both Betfair). David Silva is an eye-catching price at 6.0, or for a really big price, Chris Smalling is 17.0 (again, both at BetVictor). Smalling may get his chance, given the doubts over both Vidic and Evans at the heart of the home defence.
Both defences have shown good form of late, and the 0-0 is available at 15.0 with William Hill. There are however, absences in both back fours, so perhaps the Over 2.5 goals price of 1.83 is nearer the mark (BetVictor).
Manchester United are 4.6 with Coral to win to nil, as they have in their last six League games, or a repeat of City’s 6-1 drubbing of United last season is 501.0 with Hills. Paddy Power also have a range of red card specials, including ‘Both teams to receive a red card‘, priced up at 23.0.