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Manchester City vs Manchester United Match Forecasts

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
2 March 2024, 07:58

Another Manchester derby sees the Citizens as obvious favourites, given that Manchester City is chasing down the fourth consecutive Premier League title. Manchester United still can’t present a cohesive game and despite several bright matches can easily fail the other. In the first round at Old Trafford, Guardiola's team celebrated a 3-0 victory – Haaland scored a double, and Foden scored another goal. Last season in the Premier League, the rivals exchanged home wins. 6-3 at the Etihad and 2-1 at Old Trafford, and Manchester City turned out to be stronger 2-1 in the FA Cup final.

Manchester City vs. Manchester United Preview 

Manchester City Preview

Pep Guardiola's team is second in the English Premier League standings after 26 rounds with 59 points scored. This is just one point less than the leading Liverpool and just one point more than Arsenal, which is in third position. The rest of the opponents have fallen behind by a rather impressive distance, so it is this trio who will play for the championship title.

The Citizens are in great shape – they have not lost a single match in the second half of the season. Moreover, in 11 meetings in 2024, Manchester City got 10 wins and only drew once. And if you add to them last year's series of 7 matches without defeats, it turns out that already in 18 consecutive matches in all tournaments, no one can beat Guardiola's team! In the last meetings, the "citizens" minimally won in the Premier League against Brentford and Bournemouth with the same score 1-0, and defeated Luton in 1/8 of the FA Cup with a score of 6:2. Erling Haaland scored 5 goals in the match, and Kevin De Bruyne made 4 assists.

Manchester United Preview

Eric Ten Hag's team takes the 6th position in the championship with 44 points. It seems that Tottenham are not far from fifth place, where they are located – only three points, but Spurs played one less match. Aston Villa, which closes the top 4, is completely ahead of the Red Devils by 8 points, so it will be almost impossible to cling to the Champions League zone. All that remains is to try to win all the matches and hope for the misfires of the competitors. Manchester United, unlike their opponent, have injured a good half of the main squad – Aaron Van Bissaka, Lisandro Martinez, Mason Mount and many others. These losses reduce the already small chances of winning the derby.

Betting Tips for Manchester City vs. Manchester United

Manchester City Handicap -1.5 Goals

It is hard to expect that Manchester United can have any chance of winning in this game. Guardiola’s team is looking monstrous in this stage of the season and in the pre-match analysis looks better than United in almost every aspect. There is a solid possibility that the match will end similar to the first-round clash, with a comfortable City handicap. For this Manchester City vs. Manchester United tip, Unibet gives 1.71.

Half Time/Full Time - Manchester City

In order not to repeat the match against Chelsea, where City was cruising near Chelsea’s gates until the very end of the match, Guardiola emphasised that it is important to start the match actively. Given the class of the players, Manchester City can resolve all the questions about the result of the match in the first half. Unibet gives 1.77 for this Manchester City vs. Manchester United prediction.

Erling Haaland to Score Two or More Goals

Haaland has already scored twice in the first round and since then his appetite for goals did not run dry. Having scored 5 goals against Luton, Haaland is ready to continue his fantastic statistics, and given that his main companion and assistant, De Bruyne, is likely to be in the starting eleven, there is a solid chance that Halland will score more than once. Manchester City vs. Manchester United odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 3.40.

Remember to gamble responsibly. Tips provided serve only as a recommendation, not as a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement.