Manchester City vs Manchester United Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
City vs United | Sunday 2 November, 2014 | Etihad Stadium | Kick Off: 13.30
United travel to the Etihad Stadium this Sunday for a crucial derby tie with third placed City and will be sweating on the fitness of inspirational skipper Wayne Rooney.
Rooney, 29, has been out of action for some time, serving a suspension for his rash lashing out at Stewart Downing in United’s recent 2-1 victory over West Ham.
However manager Louis van Gaal looks set to have to make do without his premier striker for the big derby game this Sunday after Rooney reportedly suffered a foot injury during training.
Van Gaal is looking to rev up his charges when they take on their bitter Manchester rivals City and believes his side are ready to take on the Citizens following an unbeaten run of four games.
Speaking after a hard fought, and at times acrimonious, clash against Chelsea, van Gaal praised the fighting spirit of his side saying, “The players are running until the 90th minute to equalise or win.”
“The most pleasing thing is we are believing in making a goal even when the score line is bad… My boys ran and fought until the end and at the end we scored and deserved it.”
It was Dutch superstar Van Persie who clinched that late equaliser against the Blues and a lot will rest on his shoulders at the Etihad Stadium this Sunday should Rooney not recover in time.
For their part, champions City will be coming into the game on the back of a 2-1 loss to West Ham.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini is refusing to panic following the defeat which leaves his side just a single point clear of fourth placed West Ham.
“We are just starting the season and we have 87 points left to play for. So it is early, we’ll continue fighting as there is no title being handed out at the moment,” he said.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Betting
This is a tight game to call and a lot could hinge on Rooney’s availability for the clash. Home ground advantage and vociferous City support will make United’s task all the more difficult and it is for this reason that City must be favourites, the bookies pricing them at 17/20 for the win.
Throw in the fact that Michael Oliver will be handling the whistle for the game and the potential is there for a fiery encounter.
United will arrive in a determined mood however and confident following their recent unbeaten run. The history and passion involved in this tie means no game between these sides is ever easy and United are not a bad punt for the win at 14/5 with Betway, stranger things have happened.
Paddy Power have City to win 2-1 at a temping 7/1 in the correct score market which could be worth a look.