A few short weeks ago, the title race was looking like it might take place between the two Manchester clubs. However, 21 wins in a row in all competitions have seen Manchester City eclipse a stumbling United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side only winning five of the 13 Premier League games they’ve played in 2021.
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Who’ll come out on top between the two Manchester clubs with pride, three points and local bragging rights on the line? Let’s analyse three bets that all come in at a great price.
Kevin De Bruyne to have one shot on target from outside the box and assist one goal (5/1)
There’s no question who City’s main danger man is. While others such as Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan have been invaluable to The Citizens this season, Kevin De Bruyne’s return spells doom for the rest of the Premier League.
‘KdB’ is never better than when facing an obstinate defence he needs to pick his way through, and United have kept a series of clean sheets so will be set in their ways expecting to do the same again. That presents the perfect opportunity for De Bruyne to put his stamp on the game and dominate the Red Devils with incisive through-balls and crosses that threaten Dean Henderson’s goal as the Englishman again deputises for the absent David De Gea, who welcomed his newborn into the world on Thursday.
The Belgian playmaker is great value to get a shot on target and provide someone with an assist from open play and at 5/1, we can’t resist it.
Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez & Bruno Fernandes to get a shot on target and Scott McTominay to be booked (12.5/1)
It’s sure to be an open game on Sunday afternoon and if there’s an early goal, particularly for City, then it could get extremely messy for the visitors.
Bruno Fernandes comes into the action on the back of a fairly quiet couple of games in London as Chelsea and Crystal Palace proved obstinate opponents. Can he find the space to put City to the sword? Maybe not, but it won’t stop the pocket Portuguese trying and he’s good value to hit the target even if its from 40 yards.
Elsewhere, with De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez two of City’s most potent attackers, and United midfielder McTominay likely to come flying into the action after being rested in midweek, the ingredients are all there for a lucrative 12.5/1 Bet Builder on the paddypower website. Even if Mahrez or McTominay don’t start, either could easily come on and fulfill their part of the wager.
Ilkay Gundogan to score first and Fred to be booked first (50/1)
No-one has scored more Premier League goals in the time it has taken for German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to notch 11 of them in recent weeks. With the talented former Borussia Dortmund player in great form, few would bet against him to get on the scoresheet.
When it comes to going into the book, while Scott McTominay is a good bet, Fred is a great one and as such is worth taking to get into the referee’s notebook first along with Gundogan opening the scoring.
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