One of our top betting picks for today comes from the Premier League with the Manchester derby as City hosts United. City could cut Arsenal’s lead at the top to just a single point with a win here. United are currently sixth in the table, but they could leapfrog both Chelsea and Brighton with a surprise victory. There is no denying the fact that City are the best team in England, and in the city of Manchester by far. However, in spite of their serious struggles ever since Six Alex left, the Red Devils have had some good games against their “noisy neighbors”, so it’s never a good idea to write them off in that particular derby.
City Look Unstoppable
City are one of the best teams in the world. Everyone knows that. Despite trailing Arsenal right now, they should be able to win the Premier League once again this year, especially given how Liverpool have crumbled. The big task ahead of Pep and his Citizens is to win the elusive Champions League. That’s the trophy they are really after, but it’s the one trophy no one can guarantee, because there are so many random factors there.
Still, Man City have done an excellent job of sustaining their great brand of football for over five years now. You can see the way Liverpool have fallen from grace – it’s not easy to retain success. Of course, City have been able to stay at the very top mostly thanks to all the millions the Sheiks have been pouring in. This year, they got even better by signing Haaland, who has already scored 14 goals in just 10 games, which is just absurd.
Fact of the matter is that Man City are nearly invincible. In the rare events where they do drop points, it’s mainly due to missing a lot of chances or just having an off day.
An important factor about this particular betting pick is that Pep has a couple of defensive issues to sort. Both of their starting central defenders will miss the game. John Stones picked up an injury while on international duty with England. Fellow centre-back Aymeric Laporte has returned to training, but he needs more time go regain his match fitness.
United Finally On The Way Up?
Whenever it would seem that United are finally turning the corner for good, they would put up a terrible performance and everything starts falling apart again. They managed to beat both Liverpool and Arsenal, but then they failed to score against Real Sociedad at home in the Europa League and ended up losing 0:1. They were, however, were able to redeem themselves with a 0:2 away win at Sheriff, but the Moldovian side cannot be taken as a serious measuring stick for them.
If you United are to truly show serious improvement, they really need to put in a good shift against their local rivals. With all the money they’ve spent once again this summer, they have a new manager and an improved squad. Better results must follow.
Casemiro is expected to be given his first start as a Red Devil as his defensive presence will be much needed against City. The big question though is whether Ten Hag decides to keep both Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes in the starting lineup. It could be a bit risky for United to put up such an attacking-minded team. The other option for the Dutch manager is to use a more defensive lineup and pair Casemiro with McTominay. If both Erkisen and Fernandes start, United should definitely get on the scoresheet.
Up front, Cristiano Ronaldo will be benched once again. Ten Hag has to put his trust in the young guns. After all, football is a game meant for fast and energetic players, especially when you play against one of the best teams in the world. Unfortunately, Ronaldo no longer has the pace he once had. We expect to see new signing Antony roaming on the right flank and Sancho on the left. Marcus Rashford should be spearheading their attack from the very first minute.
This game could actually suit United quite well, as they like to play on the counter and have just the personnel to excel at that. In terms of City v United predictions, it’s clear that the hosts will enjoy more of the ball at the Etihad Stadium.
Man City v Man United Prediction
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