Jose Mourinho will have been delighted to see Sergio Aguero handed a three-match ban for elbowing Winston Reid and the bookmakers have installed Manchester United as warm favourites to win the derby on Saturday lunchtime.
This is a clash that has been eagerly awaited ever since Mourinho and Pep Guardiola were installed as the respective managers of United and City, with the bookies looking forward to record turnover on this English top flight game.
10Bet offer a generous 13/10 about United claiming three precious points and the bragging rights, with betway chalking up a tasty 9/4 that Manchester City cope without their star striker and come away from Old Trafford with a maximum haul.
Many are expecting this clash between Jose and Pep to be a cagey encounter, with Mourinho wary of the threat that the Premier League title favourites pose. NetBet go 23/10 that this match ends all square and the draw odds will shorten dramatically if the game is goalless approaching half-time.
Coral have some great prices for the First Goalscorer market, with the UK bookmaker taking a position on both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney. The former is 11/2 with this bookie compared to the 4/1 elsewhere and it’s worth noting that the Swede wasn’t on international duty over the past fortnight.
Meanwhile, Rooney is a 7/1 chance with Coral to break the deadlock and many of us will remember the overhead kick scored by the United striker that settled a Manchester derby a few years ago.
Marcus Rashford scored a hat-trick for the England Under-21’s on Tuesday night and the youngster is a 13/2 chance with LeoVegas to be the first name on the scoresheet, while Kelechi Iheanacho might be selected in attack for City.
Bet-at-home go 6/1 about the Nigerian deputising ably for Aguero by scoring the first goal of the game, with Raheem Sterling available at 21/2 with BetVictor to follow up that brace against West Ham with the first of this clash.
Coral are on hand to offer the best price about both teams scoring, with the bookie chalking up 5/6 that United and City find the net during the ninety minutes although there could be some juice in backing the 11/10 (BetVictor) that both teams don’t score.
Perhaps a 1-0 Manchester United win will occur and SunBets have 7/1 that the home side scrape past with a single goal, with the Red Devils defence looking mean and Mourinho hoping that Valencia and Shaw can still operate as full-backs.
NetBet have 10/1 that United win the game by a 2-0 scoreline, while a 2-1 win for the Red Devils can be backed at 10/1 with 32Red and that would also be a result to please the majority of supporters who attend this game on Saturday lunchtime.