4 to watch: Manchester City vs Manchester United

This entry was posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012

The Manchester derby on Monday evening is a Sky wet dream. A genuine title decider, three games from the end of the season between two of the fiercest rivals in English football. With City backed at odds of more than 20/1 to win the title not so long ago, punters up and down the country could be rejoicing in anticipation by 10pm on Monday. Here are our 4 tips for the game.

Jelavic’s opening goal for Everton last week was the only goal United have conceded during the first half in their last 11 games and given they’ve only trailed at the break in two Premier League away games all season, we think the value has be to the 13/10 Bet365 offer on the draw at Half Time.

Whilst many think goals are on the agenda, we’re not quite so sure. Yes, the FA Cup tie ended 3-2 and the game at Old Trafford 6-1, but the league fixture at City have had just four goals in total over the last five years. City can’t afford to lose and we expect them to keep things tight for the first hour before launching a late assault. We can’t resist the 2.26 you can get on Under 2.5 goals on Betfair.

Bet365 have Man City as an 8/13 chance to get more corners than Man United and we like those odds. They have outscored their opponents in 13 of their 17 home league games whilst United have only emerged victorious in the corner betting on six of their travels.

City are favourites given their almost perfect home record, (49 points from 51) and we would edge to supporting them on Monday, although we’d like to see slightly more than the widely available 6/5. With the price around 2.2 on Betfair now, we may wait to bet in-play, expecting a tight first half hour so that we can place our wager on City at odds of 2.5.

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