Manchester derby contests rarely need to be hyped but given that City and United currently occupy the top two places in the Premiership respectively, Sunday’s showdown takes on a little extra significance.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges have won 22 of their last 23 league games on their own patch so it’s easy to see why they’re Sportingbet’s 11/10 favourites to beat their bitter rivals. The league leaders meanwhile, are 14/5 with to be the first team to win at Old Trafford since Chelsea’s 2-1 success in April 2010 but as City possess strong away form the eye catching bet has to be Skybet’s 5/2 posted against the draw.
The hosts tend to be strong defensively in their own backyard but as Norwich almost penetrated their defence on several occasions recently, the dangerous visitors can find the net. Paddy Power’s 4/6 for both teams to get on the scoresheet looks a safe bet then and punters could do worse than consider Partybets’ 11/2 for it to end one-each.
United have looked a touch vulnerable of late so if any team is to nick it, it could be City and they’re an enticing 13/8 in Stan James’ ‘Draw No Bet’ market. Nevertheless, punters should tread carefully in what is a tough-to-call tussle and indeed some might fancy a speculative flutter in the first scorer betting, where Ladbrokes price Wayne Rooney at 6/1 and Boylesports make Sergio Aguero 7/1.
Chelsea will be hoping that the Manchester bout provides them with a chance to rise up the table but the Blues first have to get the better of QPR in their own local derby, a result Betfred offer at 2/5 and Andre Villas-Boas men look decent value at 11/4 (Ladbrokes) to sneak it by a one-goal margin at Loftus Road.
Arsenal meanwhile, are just 8/15 with Sportingbet to see off Stoke, Totesport mark 10/11 against Spurs inflicting more misery on rock bottom Blackburn at Ewood Park and the stalemate, at 3.4 (12/5) courtesy of Betdaq, is the best bet as Fulham and Everton lock horns.