Manchester Derby So Vital For Both Sides

The first Manchester derby of the 2020/21 Premier League season takes place at Old Trafford on Saturday evening as Manchester United host Manchester City.

Both clubs will come into the game sitting outside the top four after inconsistent starts, but it is United who sits one place above their city rivals. Four league wins in a row for the Red Devils has seen them move up to sixth place going into the weekend, while City are one point and one place behind in seventh.

Despite that, it is City who are favourites at 3/4 with William Hill to claim all three points on Saturday. United are a 10/3 shot, whilst the draw is priced at 3/1.

United go into the game in form

rashford martial greenwood 300x200Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is under huge pressure in the Old Trafford hot seat, despite four wins on the bounce, which has seen United climb significantly up the Premier League table. A 3-1 win at Everton at the start of November was the catalyst for an upturn in results in a run that has also seen them come from behind to win 3-2 at Southampton and 3-1 at West Ham.

In between those away wins was a 1-0 home success against West Brom. However, this has been United’s only league win at Old Trafford this term. Add to that the fact that United were dumped out of the Champions League after a 3-2 defeat at Leipzig on Tuesday, and you realise why a victory against their bitter rivals City takes on extra importance. However, perhaps a lack of fans is making the Theatre of Dreams less intimidating, with Crystal Palace, Tottenham and a struggling Arsenal all leaving with maximum points.

City’s slow start continues

Manchester City’s indifferent start to their Premier League campaign has continued, despite two comfortable home wins in their last two outings. A 5-0 win over Burnley and last week’s 2-0 success against Fulham had been preceded by a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham and 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

They had been many people’s favourites for the title, but just five wins from their opening 10 league games means they already trail Liverpool and Spurs by six points. Their away form, so often strong, has seen them win just twice on the road, at Wolves and bottom of the table Sheffield United, but they were held to 1-1 draws at Leeds and West Ham, before the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham.

Plenty of goal scoring talent on show

kdb 300x300One thing both sides possess is quality goal-scoring options. For the hosts, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood will carry the main threat, especially with Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial looking doubtful to play. Rashford is a 5/2 chance to score anytime with William Hill, who also price Mason Greenwood at 14/5 to find the back of the net.

For the visitors, there will be no Sergio Aguero, but they do have Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne among their ranks who all regularly get on the score sheet. Phil Foden has also been enjoying a good run of form and is a 2/1 hope to score for City.

Recent Premier League head-to-head record at Old Trafford

When the clubs last met at Old Trafford in the Premier League back in March, it was United who ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay. Prior to that though, City had enjoyed their visits to Old Trafford.

  • Mar 2020 Man Utd 2-0 Man City
  • Apr 2019 Man Utd 0-2 Man City
  • Dec 2017 Man Utd 1-2 Man City
  • Sept 2016 Man Utd 1-2 Man City
  • Oct 2015 Man Utd 0-0 Man City