The Champions League group stage is now over, and both Manchester United and their city rivals can focus exclusively on the Premier league. City needs to close three point gap separating them from the leader, and they have an excellent opportunity to do just that, on Sunday afternoon.

Match: Manchester City vs Manchester United

Bet: Manchester City

Odds: Bet365 2.20

The hosts were eliminated from the most important European competition and even failed to make it to the groups of Europa league. This leaves them with no other important title in sight but the domestic championship, and the outcome of this fixture can shape their future. Although they face the most difficult opponent, they have an excellent track record against Manchester United and solid reasons to expect a victory this afternoon.

Last time the two teams met, it was City that prevailed by one goal to nil and that victory brought them the Premier league title. Manchester United still has to prove that the 1-6 home defeat against their rivals was nothing more than an accident, but Sunday is not the time to do it. The visitors have plenty of options upfront, but Ferguson will focus on strengthening the defensive, and would gladly settle for a draw.

BetPal Tip:

As long as Manchester City succeeds in keeping Rooney at bay, they should be capable of securing all three points. Wayne failed to impress in either of his recent matches against City, but tonight he would have Van Persie by his side in the offense. Punters shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity of backing the hosts at odds of 2.20 with Bet365, as they are rightful favorites for winning the third consecutive derby.