Manchester City v Manchester United latest odds, news and free bets

One FA Cup third round fixture sticks out like a sore thumb and it is quite unbelievable that Manchester United have been handed ties against Liverpool and Manchester City in successive seasons

The Red Devils squeezed past the Reds last year, although they face a far tougher assignment when they make the short journey to Eastlands on Sunday, coming off the back of two straight defeats.

Blackburn Rovers stunned the champions last week by winning 3-2 at Old Trafford and Sir Alex Ferguson did not get the desired reaction at St James’ Park on Wednesday night as Newcastle tore them to shreds to win 3-0. Surely a home win is on the cards this coming Sunday?

Odds of 23/20 (Victor Chandler – £25 free bets) about a Manchester City win looks fair value considering they have a 100% record at the Etihad Stadium this term when it comes to domestic home form. Liverpool were the latest side to be easily beaten and whether to back them largely comes down to team selection.

Roberto Mancini won’t get his wish when it comes to retaining the services of the Toure brothers for one extra match before the African Cup of Nations and Yaya will be a big loss considering how successful he has been at turning defence into attack for the Premier League leaders.

Even so, the Italian will field a strong team on Sunday, with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko likely to start in attack, hungry for more goals after taking apart the Red Devils when winning 6-1 at Old Trafford a few months ago.

It will be interesting to see how United approach this match. Surely getting a draw would represent a decent achievement, especially as City are involved in a two-leg Carling Cup semi-final with Liverpool later this month. You can get 9/4 (bet365 – £200 free betting) that the game ends all square.

The Red Devils are as big as 5/2 to claim victory at Eastlands, with motivation surely not a problem considering the team will be desperate to bounce back in this match. Wayne Rooney was easily handled by the Newcastle defence, although he can be backed at 6/1 to deliver the goods and send the visitors in front.

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