Man United vs City: An early season clash between rivals and title hopefuls

by Sam Peoples


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Manchester rivals United and City clash in a mouth-watering encounter this Saturday with the game set to be an early season appraisal of the teams’ respective Premier League title ambitions.

Both clubs have recruited extensively over the summer transfer window, splurging over £100 million apiece on new players.

With the arrival of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola at opposite ends of the Manchester divide, these two world-class managers are set to resume their personal rivalry – which adds another spicy element to the fixture.

Emotions will be high and both sides will be desperate for three points as the high-flying and as yet undefeated sides meet at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Result

Home team United enter the encounter as favourites to claim the spoils and make it four wins from four Premier League outings under Mourinho’s stewardship.

The Red Devils are backed at 2.30 to receive all three points at Old Trafford, in what would be a real statement of intent from the historic club.

City have looked ominous so far this season without playing their best football to date and odds of 3.30 on the star-studded visitors to win will be an enticing proposition for some punters.

There are odds of 3.25 on the sides sharing the spoils and the game ending in a draw.

Goalscorer

Summer arrival Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken little time to introduce himself in English football, with the Swedish veteran netting three goals in his opening three Premier League games for United.

The former Paris Saint-German attacker is favourite to open the scoring at odds of 5.05.

Teenage star Marcus Rashford is pushing for his first start of the campaign and reminded Mourinho of his abilities with a hat-trick for England under-21’s in midweek. The 18-year-old is 7.25 to score first.

With Sergio Aguero serving a three-match suspension and unavailable, Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho looks the most likely to lead the City line and has odds of 6.45 to score first.

Other bets

Clashes between Mourinho and Guardiola in their time in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona were always close-run affairs – expect it to be no different here.

With the usual passion and emotion of a derby fixture coming into play, there are odds of 2.15 for a goal to be scored in the last 15 minutes of the game.

City are set to give new recruit Claudio Bravo his debut also and the Chile international will be keen to make an immediate impression.

Back the former Barcelona stopper to keep United at bay and City to keep a clean sheet at odds of 3.20.

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