Manchester United vs. Manchester City Betting Preview

The city derby between Manchester United and Manchester City is not just a battle between local teams, but a critical match between the top two sides in the England Premier League table.

Match Odds: Manchester United 2.10 / Manchester City 3.80 / Draw 3.45 (moneyline Man U +110 / Man City +280 / Draw +245)
Over/Under: 2.5 goals [ See the latest Manchester derby odds and pocket a HUGE FREE BET when you check out Bet365.com today ] 

Last week Manchester United played to a 1-1 draw against Liverpool and since Manchester City won they overtook first place with Man U only 2 points behind. Neither team has yet to lose in league play this season.

Even though Man City is in first place Old Trafford is never an easy place to win and unlike Man U City has yet to play any of the other Big 4 clubs of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool. Manchester City has a grand total of 1 win in the last 35 years at Old Trafford. [ EPL odds and 100% signup bonus on every new account ]

So far in the EPL season Manchester City has scored the most goals (27) and is tied with Man U and Newcastle for allowing the fewest goals (6) and Man U has scored the 2nd most goals in the league (25). This match pits a Manchester City team that has scored 10 goals in their last 3 matches against a Man U team that has only given up 1 goal in their last 3 matches.

In the last 2 matches these teams have played they have split with Manchester City beating Manchester United 1-0 in the semifinals of last season's FA Cup semifinal and Man U getting some revenge with a 3-2 win in the Community Shield.

Man U FW Wayne Rooney flew out of the gates of the EPL season, including scoring a hat trick in a rout of Arsenal, and while he has cooled off a bit he still leads the EPL in goals (9). He will likely start up front with Park Ji-sung, who tends to start in big matches.

Manchester United has been in a bit of a slump recently, at least for them, with 2 of their last 3 EPL matches ending in a draw as well 2 of their last 3 Champions League matches. They should have the star DF duo of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand back for this big league match, which will only improve their stellar defense.

The Man City duo of Sergio Agüero and Edin Dzeko rank 2nd and 3rd in scoring in the EPL, but the health of Agüero is a concern and he played in the Champions League match this week, but was a substitute.

There will be a lot of pressure on the Man City center DF combo of Vincent Kompany with Joleon Lescott as well as G Joe Hart, as Manchester United will use an attacking formation like they did in the Community Shield match.

The draw will help Manchester City more, so look for them to drop back and play cautious soccer, especially in the first half.

Manchester City Last 3 Matches

Oct 18 Manchester City 2 Villarreal 1 (Champions League)
Oct 15 Manchester City 4 Aston Villa 1 (England Premier League)
Oct 1 Blackburn 0 Manchester City 4 (England Premier League)

Manchester United Last 3 Matches

Oct 18 Otelul Galati 0 Manchester United 2 (Champions League)
Oct 15 Liverpool 1 Manchester United 1 (England Premier League)
Oct 1 Manchester United 2 Norwich City 0