Manchester City lost further ground on Chelsea in the title race last weekend as they failed to find an equaliser at West Ham and the champions know that a victory over local rivals Manchester United is vital if they are to stay in touch with Jose Mourinho’s charges.
Often disregarding the statistics, many punters tend to favour the stalemate in derby contests and it’s likely to be no exception at Eastlands given that United have shared the spoils in three of their four travelling assignments.
Stan James’s 11/4 about an inconclusive affair is set to prove popular then, alongside BetVictor’s 8/1 for the visitors to register a second consecutive 1-1 scoreline or Paddy Power’s 10/3 about them posting a third score draw on the spin.
Ladbrokes however, favour the hosts at 17/20, despite their recent wobble, and as Louis van Gaal’s team have thus far failed to convince on the road, the bookies appear to have got it spot on. Nevertheless, United are at least scrapping out results and they’re capable of keeping this close so a home win by one at 3/1 (bet365) isn’t without appeal.
The same meanwhile, can be said of William Hill’s 15/2 for the hosts to register a 2-1 success and in attack the bulk of the first scorer cash looks set to be carried on the shoulders of City marksman Sergio Aguero (4/1, BetVictor).
Man City to beat Man Utd by one – 3/1 (bet365)