There is a massive game in the Premier League this weekend, as the two biggest teams in Manchester go head to head at Old Trafford. Manchester United will be looking for a fifth league win in a row in the derby.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Odds
United Look To Continue Winning Run
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer always seems to be under pressure at Old Trafford, and the club’s exit from the Champions League in mid-week would have done little to ease his worries. United’s defeat against RB Leipzig means that it will be Europa League football for the Red Devils after Christmas, which would come as a massive disappointment as they had their own destiny in their hands heading into the final rounds of fixtures.
The club have performed more consistently in the Premier League over recent weeks, as they come into the Manchester derby having won their last four fixtures. However, Solskjaer’s side may have preferred for this game to be away from home, as they have struggled at Old Trafford throughout the season so far.
United’s only win at home this season came against West Bromwich Albion, with five of their six wins coming on the road. United will likely apply the same tactics as they have done away from home in this fixture, as they will allow City to dominate the possession.
City Hoping For Third Win In A Row
It hasn’t been the start that Pep Guardiola would have been hoping for this campaign, as City still remain outside the top-four in the Premier League. The Citizens haven’t been able to put together a long sequence of wins to this point, but a win this weekend would lift them into the top four for at least a short while. City have won two of their last four league games, and have won both of their previous outings.
That wouldn’t have come as a huge surprise to most, as they have played against Burnley and Fulham recently. City have kept clean sheets in both of those wins, and have scored a combined total of seven goals. However, it has been difficult to judge City from those wins, as they were playing against teams that will be fighting against relegation this season. It will be a tougher challenge for them at Old Trafford, but Guardiola will make sure that his side are ready for the fight.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Recent Meetings
United have been able to get positive results against City over the last couple of years, as they have won three from four in all competitions. City’s only win during this time came in the League Cup. However, United’s win against City in the league in March was the only win that they have recorded in the last five derbies at Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Picks
The game will hinge on well United can defend. They will need to perform much better in the first half than they have in recent games. Both teams will score in this exciting match-up, but United are too inconsistent to support so far this season.