6/5 City represent value in Manchester derby

the Citizens have scored three or more goals in over 50% of their games this season

In a repeat of last year’s FA Cup semi-final, Manchester City host Manchester United in a third round contest between the Premier League’s top two.

United will be hoping to exact revenge on Roberto Mancini’s men following their embarrassing 6-1 mauling at Old Trafford earlier in the season which Sir Alex Ferguson referred to as his worst ever defeat. City will be eager to end United’s domestic cup hopes and to further stake their claim as the nation’s best.

Managers across the country will no doubt have little sympathy for Mancini in light of his admission that, despite having spent £227m on players in two years, he may be unable to name a full 18-man squad on Sunday. Both Kolo Toure and Yaya Toure are away on international duty while Gareth Barry is suspended and Mari Balotelli remains a doubt with an ankle injury. That leaves poor Mancini looking to the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri to pose the hosts’ main goal-threat.

Despite Manchester City’s embarrassment of riches, Sir Alex Ferguson, in contrast, has genuine cause for concern. The Red Devils have slipped to consecutive defeats at the hands of Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United and weaknesses have appeared throughout the team. Anders Lindegaard and David De Gea continue to battle it out for the number one jersey while Nemanja Vidic's long-term injury has left the defence looking vulnerable. The two recent defeats ensured that, for the first time in eight years, United conceded three or more goals in consecutive games. 

United have averaged almost two goals per game away from Old Trafford this season and therefore attack may be their best form of defence given their obvious frailties at the back. However, the Citizens have scored three or more goals in over 50% of their games this season and, having won their last 16 games at the Etihad Stadium, they look good value to outscore their opponents at 6/5 with William Hill. Coral offer the best price (4/5) for both teams to score while Ladbrokes offer a generous 9/1 for the home side to win 2-1. William Hill have also boosted the price of an injury time goal (in either half) from 9/2 to 7/1. Given the fierce rivalry between the two sides, there may be a significant amount of injury time and their collective aim to avoid a replay should add further value to an already exciting bet.

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Back Manchester City to Win @ 6/5 with William Hill

Back Both Teams to Score @ 4/5 with Ladbrokes

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 07/01/2012 - 17:04 PM
Filed in:- Man City Betting News, Manchester United, Manchester City


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