Title race going to the wire

The Citizens have only failed to win one of their last 22 Premier League games at the Etihad.

Manchester City host Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night as the Premier League’s top two battle it out in a potential title-decider. A United win would all but confirm their retention of the Premier League title but a City win would put them top of the table by virtue of a goal difference at least eight goals to the good with two games to play.

Roberto Mancini has a fully-fit squad from which to select his starting XI with Micah Richards and Mario Balotelli both available following injury and suspension respectively. 

The visitors have no new injury problems but long-term absentees Nemanja Vidic and Anderson remain sidelined. 

United have won 12 of their last 15 league games but recent slip-ups against Wigan Athletic and Everton have allowed their ‘noisy neighbours’ to close the seemingly insurmountable eight-point gap at the top of the table to just three points.

Although United knocked City out of the FA Cup in January with a 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium, it was assisted by the dismissal of City captain Vincent Kompany after just 11 minutes. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will still feel as though they need to exact revenge on the side that beat them 6-1 at Old Trafford earlier in the season. Jonny Evans was given his marching orders in the second half of that game and, with Andre Marriner appointed as referee for Monday night's derby, a sending off could be on the agenda. Marriner has brandished five red cards in 25 games this season and Betfred offer odds of 9/4 for there to be another sending off in this match.

The Citizens have only failed to win one of their last 22 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium and they have not suffered a league defeat at home since December 2010. Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero have scored 12 goals in the four games that they have started together this season and both are available at 7/1 with William Hill to break the deadlock.

Wayne Rooney has scored 16 goals in his last 14 games for United and, if he nets again on Monday night, Paddy Power will refund all losing first/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast singles on the match.

In any case, it is hard to see City's unbeaten league run coming to an end in a game that their opponents do not need to win. United would happily take a draw but if any side is going to take all three points, City would have to be favourites. On that basis Boylesports' odds of 8/13 looks good, low-risk, value for City to win in the Draw No Bet market. BetVictor's odds of 19/2 are significantly better than any other bookmaker for a 2-1 home win and may be worth a punt.

Recommended bets:

Back Manchester City (Draw No Bet) @ 8/13 with Boylesports 

Back a Sending Off @ 9/4 with Bet Fred


Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 30/04/2012 - 11:35 AM
Filed in:- Man City Betting News, Manchester City, Manchester United

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