This Sunday, the Premier League’s top two sides clash in Manchester as Manchester City host Manchester United in a game that is less about deciding the potential destination of the league title, and more about whether either of the two clubs’ lengthy records will remain intact after the game.

Manchester City have won all of their last 21 games in all competitions, an unprecedented and record-breaking winning streak and they are now just six wins away from beating Ajax’s all time record of 26 wins in succession. That run has taken then 14 points clear of United at the top of the Premier League table.

United though have not lost an away game in the Premier League all season long and if you extend that run back into last season, it is over a year since they were beaten on the road domestically. There’s sure to be lots of punters eagerly watching this game and if you fancy a bet and want to sign up with a provider with a great value offer, check out the latest bet365 Welcome Bonus.

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Let’s now take a look at how the two teams compare in Sunday’s big game, as well as a historical look at their records and of course, what the bets are that I would back for the game.

Manchester City v Manchester United

  • Date – Sunday 7th March
  • Kick Off – 4.30pm
  • Live – On Sky Sports
  • Venue – Etihad Stadium

Both these teams were amongst those in action in midweek with Manchester City racking up their 21st win in succession with a 4-1 win over Wolves at the Etihad. A day later, Manchester United played out a dismal 0-0 draw in the mist at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace which means that City are now 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

So while this game is a matchup between the top two in the division, it is not really one that is going to influence the destination of the league title (not unless Man City underwent a catastrophic loss of form, the likes of which they are just not likely to experience). As such, this is more about a battle for pride and also for United, a chance to keep themselves in a strong position for the Champions League places.

United have drawn four of their last five games and the goals do seem to have dried up for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men. That is a worry heading into a game against the team that have comfortably the best defensive record in the Premier League and who have also scored the most goals.

Team Comparison

  • Man City – Played 27, Won 20, Drew 5, Lost 2 – For 56, Against 17 – Points 65
  • Man Utd – Played 27, Won 14, Drew 9, Lost 4 – For 53, Against 32 – Points 51
  • Reverse Fixture – Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City
  • FA Cup – Both teams have reached the quarterfinals stage. Man City have been drawn away to Everton, Man Utd away to Leicester City.
  • Carabao Cup.- United have been eliminated, City will play in the final against Tottenham.
  • Champions League – United were eliminated after the group stage and dropped into the Europa League where they are now in the Round of 16 and will face AC Milan over two legs. Man City hold a comfortable 2-0 lead over Borussia Monchengladbach after their first leg away from home in the Round of 16.

Historic Record

There have been 185 Manchester derby games contested over the years and Manchester United have been the team with the most success winning 76 of those games. Manchester City have won 55m with the remaining 53 games all finishing in a draw.

However, a look at the most recent history between the teams reveals that it is much closer. Since November 2014, the 16 games contested between the two have seen seven wins for United, six for City with just three games drawn – and all of those draws have been by a 0-0 scoreline. That includes the most recent game between the two played in December 2020.

The data for recent matches also shows an interesting trend. Of the last ten games, seven have been won by the away team, two have been won by the home team and just one match has finished in a draw

Team News

After such a solid performance and good result against Wolves in midweek, it is hard to see Pep Guardiola making too many changes to his team for this game. However, I do expect Gundogan to come into midfield and perhaps Gabriel Jesus to make way, with Kevin De Bruyne pushed into a more offensive role. John Stones could also come back in alongside Ruben Dias with Aymetic Laporte making way.

  • Man City Team – 4-3-3 – Ederson, Walker, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Gundogan, Rodrigo, Silva.B, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling.

After another goalless draw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate for a more positive result this weekend but in truth, his side are struggling for goals at the moment and a game against the best defence in the Premier League is not the ideal opportunity to rectify that. With De Gea and Martial rested in midweek I think both will come into the team on Sunday,

  • Man Utd Team – 4-2-3-1 – De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, James, Rashford, Martial

What Are The Top Betting Tips For The Manchester Derby?

Before we formulate our best tips for this game, we need to take note of a number of sequences for this fixture that are worth considering.

  • Man City have won all their last 21 games.
  • Man Utd have not lost an away game in over a year in the Premier League.
  • Seven of the last ten games between the two have been won by the away team.
  • United have drawn 0-0 this season with Man City, Chelsea (twice), Arsenal and Liverpool and they have drawn their last three games in all competitions 0-0. Their record against ‘big six’ teams reads 8 games played, 6 draws and 2 defeats.

As you can see, these sequences and form do give somewhat conflicting information and as such, I think the overriding issue here is form and at the moment, City are looking unstoppable and their attack can get the better of any team on the day.

As such, I am going to go for a City win and I reckon the following bets are good choices for the game on Sunday.

  • Full Time Result – Manchester City win – 8/15
  • Correct Score – Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United – 15/2
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Raheem Sterling (Man City) – 7/5

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of Thursday 4th March 2021.

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