Much more than mere points are at stake when Manchester United clash in a derby with rivals Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday at Old Trafford. Manchester United bid welcome to Manchester City, who ended last season as number 1 in the Premier League. The hosts can look back on a season which saw them end up as number 2.
The Red Devils lay claim to a ranking of 5th in the Premier League on 17 points after playing 10 matches. The difference to The Citizens is 3 points, which leaves the latter ranked as number 3 in the table from 10 rounds. With 2 defeats from their last 6 games, there is room to improve for Manchester United before their next assignment on home soil. Otherwise, they could be in for another disappointment this coming Saturday against Manchester City. Manchester United enter their next Premier League match averaging a decent 1.9 goals per game in their last 10 matches. They scored a moderate total of 19 goals, while also conceding 15 goals. That amounts to an average of 1.5 per game, in which they kept their opponents from scoring 2 times.
Stats and facts for Manchester United and Manchester City.
- Manchester United did not win the last 3 matches in a row at home;
- Manchester United scored in the last 13 of 15 matches;
- Manchester United conceded in the last 13 of 15 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Manchester United's last 5 of 7 matches.
- Manchester City unbeaten the last 4 matches in a row when playing away;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Manchester City's last 5 of 7 matches;
- Manchester City scored in the last 7 of 9 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Manchester City's last 2 of 4 matches.
Current form — Manchester United v. Manchester City
Manchester City to avenge embarrassing defeat
Results have been on par for The Red Devils in their past games, as they have performed more or less according to expectations. Manchester United have seen it all in their last 3 matches, which brought home 4 points. Against Liverpool, they came out empty-handed in a 5-0 defeat, whereafter they avenged themselves in a 3-0 win against Tottenham. Their latest match saw them sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw against Atalanta.
The Citizens continue to collect points.
Manchester City will be out to extend their fine run of results lately. Manchester City have seen it all in their last 3 matches which brought home 4 points. An encounter with West Ham brought a 0-0 draw which was followed by a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace. Their most recent game had them back on the winning trail as they beat Club Bruges by a 4-1 scoreline.
According to the bookmakers, The Citizens are favourites to win. If one is in favour of the away win, the odds are currently at 1.70 on the visitors. This means the bookies predict, they are in with a 59% chance of beating Manchester United. Placing your bet on Manchester United, the best price at the time of writing lies at 4.75.
Manchester United v. Manchester City — fixture history
The last time the pair played each other, Manchester United came away as winners in a Premier League, back in March 2021. At the time of writing, the bookmakers are offering the following prices on this encounter: A win for Manchester United pays out at 4.75, the best prize for a draw is 4.00, while an away win for The Sky Blues gets you odds 1.70. Manchester United have been able to win 40% of their last 10 encounters against upcoming The Citizens in the Premier League. In other words, they have a 4-2-4 recent record, with the latter winning 40% of the matches.
Current table in the Premier League
Looking at the current Premier League standings, Manchester United and Manchester City are currently 3 points and 2 places apart. The Sky Blues will no doubt attempt to grab all three points from Manchester United this coming Saturday to move further up the league table. Despite being the outsider in this clash, Manchester United will try to make this a miserable day for their opponents. The result of this game could have a big impact on both teams in their upcoming matches. There is every reason to zoom in on the clash between Manchester United and Manchester City.
Top scorers markets
Looking at the goalscorer market, it would seem a good idea to side with Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the top scoring player for Manchester United in their last 6 matches. He managed to find the back of the net 4 times, and will surely want to add some more goals against Manchester City.
The visitors will be looking to in-form Riyad Mahrez to find the net once again, as he has been their main man recently. Riyad Mahrez netted 2 goals for Manchester City in their last 6 matches.