The first thing to mention about this game is that bet365 are offering new and existing customers a free £50 In-Play bet on the Manchester derby. To qualify for this offer, you need to place a pre-match bet on the game at Old Trafford and you will then get your first In-Play bet refunded to the same stake if it is a loser.
United’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool coupled with City’s comfortable 4-1 win over Aston Villa last Saturday means that it is the latter Manchester club who are top of the Premier League after eight games played and this isn’t a big surprise considering their fixtures have been generally easier.
Roberto Mancini’s team can actually open up a five-point gap at the top of the table by winning Sunday’s clash and they are 5/2 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to become the first team to win at Old Trafford for two seasons.
The visitors certainly have the quality to register victory against a side that have looked pretty ordinary in their last three games, with Sergio Aguero likely to be fit enough to take his place in the starting line-up and Roberto Mancini might also opt for Edin Dzeko’s physical presence despite the Bosnian’s recent performances being average.
Manchester United have been invincible at home in the Premier League this term, beating Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Norwich. However, Andre Villas-Boas was justified in feeling aggrieved about his team’s defeat in that match and the Canaries also looked threatening against Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.
The Red Devils are 11/10 (Blue Square – £25 free betting) to claim three points which would see them leapfrog City and this fixture brings back memories of last season where Wayne Rooney’s spectacular overhead kick won the match for United.
The England striker is a 6/1 chance with Ladbrokes who offer best Top Goalscorer odds about all Manchester City and United players, which includes 7/1 on Javier Hernandez and 12/1 about Nani.