Man United vs Man City prediction That Frustrate Man City Fans

The Red Devils face yet another stern test this weekend, as they welcome arch-rivals and defending champions City to the Old Trafford. While United have delivered some memorable performances lately, they are yet to rise to the level fans expect them to.

Meanwhile, the Citizens have been on a roll as usual – scoring at will, and have once again put their name in for another thrilling title-race.

By the looks of things, expect a fierce encounter at the Theatre of Dreams, but Pep Guardiola’s men should be going back with the three points.

Manchester City haven’t won a Premier League derby since April 2019 but they head into Saturday’s Old Trafford showpiece as red-hot favourites to pile more pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his side.

However, this doesn’t look as straightforward as the odds suggest. City are a very restrictive 7/10 chance with Grosvenor Sport, with the hosts priced up at 15/4, odds which will appeal to many despite United’s inconsistency.

United got the bounce-back they needed at Spurs last weekend, where the reversion to a back three proved a solid foundation for what tuned into an emphatic success.

Unfortunately for Solskjaer, injuries to Victor Lindelof, and to Raphael Varane in midweek, mean that the Reds’ boss faces a difficult choice between going back to the two centre-back scenario that was obliterated by Liverpool or test-drive a new back three that could see Luke Shaw move inside, with Alex Telles coming into the side on the left.

Clearly, that defensive issue is a concern but if United can get that right, they have a real chance of getting something from this. For all his obvious flaws, Solskjaer has got his tactics spot on when coming up against Pep Guardiola and it wouldn’t be the biggest shock if he did so once again.

United demonstrated last weekend that they were able to transition through the pitch incisively and effectively and, even allowing for the fact that that was against a poor Spurs side, this is a strategy that has worked a treat for the Reds against City in recent fixtures.

Pep Guardiola’s side highlighted once again that they can be vulnerable to a quality counter-attacking side by losing 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace last weekend where they were undone by to extremely clinical finishes. It’s a scenario that could easily repeat itself this weekend given the quality of offensive player at Solskjaer’s disposal.

Man City quite clearly have the capability to cut United, who haven’t kept a clean sheet at home all season, to ribbons – just like Liverpool did two weekends ago, but the absence of a top-class centre forward has been their Achilles heel at times and it is worth noting that they have failed to score in four of their last five matches against United.

Man City are a tricky side to assess from a betting point of view at the moment because they either score four or five, or none at all, which means they are capable of embarrassing anyone that backs against them. However, their recent record against United strongly suggest that punters should be wary of going in heavy on Pep’s side.

At least one side has failed to score in the last five meetings between these two and this once again has the potential to become quite a tight, tactical affair given United simply cannot afford to allow the game to open up.

In what could be a low-scoring game, the most appealing bet is to back United and the draw at combined odds of 6/5, a wager that would have collected in four of the last five Manchester derbies.

Man United vs Man City prediction

Manchester United to beat City or draw. No way United will lose to City in today’s game after huge lost to Liverpool.

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