Man Utd vs Man City: News, Possible Lineups and Betting Odds
Lines will be drawn; loyalties will be tested, and a city will be divided as Man U vs Man City go head-to-head in the English Premiere League. It’s the Manchester derby as the Red Devils take on the Citizens in a game filled with opportunities for great football bets this weekend.
The match is set to take place at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United and an impregnable fortress for the Red Devils. But Manchester City will be taking no prisoners when they come into enemy territory. It promises to be a fast paced, no-holds-barred game.
MAN U VS MAN CITY: TEAM FORM
Both clubs go into the match in unfamiliar territory as they’re still looking to go into peak form before the winter break. Manchester City currently sits at third spot in the table with six wins, two draws and two losses in its first ten games. Manchester United is further off the pace as it’s currently at the fifth spot with five wins, two draws and three losses. But both sets of fans know that it’s too early to call for these iconic clubs that have lifted the coveted trophy many times.
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MAN U VS MAN CITY: TEAM NEWS
Of the two managers, Solskjaer is the one who needs the win more. The cries against him have continued to gain ground as the results have not been entirely satisfactory of late. While fans still hold him in high regard for his time as a player and how he’s transitioned the team, he needs to repay their faith soon if he is to keep his position. A famous win against their local rival will go a long way in silencing the critics.
Pep Guardiola has won it all and now seems to be more relaxed in his final year of contract. But he’s not going to be taking this match lightly as he knows how fanatical the fans are when it comes to local derbies. He’ll be hoping to make a statement with the club and the fans.
MAN U VS MAN CITY HEAD-TO-HEAD
Manchester United players will go as favorites in this match-up as they’ve lost only once in their five Premier League matches against their city rivals, winning three times with one game ending in a stalemate. The Red Devils are a formidable force on their home turf, winning 72% of their matches after going 1-0 up at home. They’ll be looking to press home the early advantage by scoring fast and putting the visitors under immense pressure from the start.
However, if there’s one thing that Pep Guardiola has instilled in City, it’s an unshakeable self-belief to come back from any position and they will not be intimidated by any occasion.
MAN U VS MAN CITY PREDICTED LINE-UPS
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will go into the match with their usual 5-3-2 formation with Ronaldo and Rashford up front and linked by Paul Pogba, who’s also United’s most potent assister, Tominay and Fernandes in the middle. The back five will comprise of Luke Shaw, Maguire, Varane, Bailly and Wan-Bissaka with David De Gea in front of goal.
Manchester City will go with a 4-3-3 formation with the front three comprising Jesus, Foden and Grealish. Club legend Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri and Silva will man the midfield with Walker, Dias, Laporte and Cancelo defending the goal along with the keeper Ederson.
MAN U VS MAN CITY BETTING ODDS
Despite Manchester United’s home advantage, odds are more in favour of Manchester City winning the game. The home team has 4.90 odds against the City’s 1.77 while a draw is expected at 4.30.
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