The Manchester derby could well decide the destination of the title, and our resident betting expert is backing City to win in what should be a heated affair full of cards and goals.
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Tévez would surely love to get one over his former employers and make amends for a controversial season by helping City towards their first Premier League title. The Argentine has scored four times against United (three since moving to City), and netted for the Red Devils against City in a Manchester derby in 2009. Tévez relishes the big occasions, and the Tipster’s opening bet is for the forward to score against United at a tempting 15/8.
City have bounced back from successive draws against Stoke City and Sunderland, plus a defeat at Arsenal, to win their last three games. Roberto Mancini’s side ran out comprehensive 6-1 winners in the reverse fixture in October, and home advantage could prove decisive on Monday night. The Tipster is backing City to beat the Red Devils at odds of 6/5 to move back to the league’s summit.
The Manchester derby is beginning to match the classic encounters between Newcastle United and Liverpool in the 1990s, and clashes between Arsenal and the Red Devils in the early 2000s in terms of excitement. There have been 17 goals in their three meetings this season, including City’s 6-1 rout at Old Trafford. So, over 3.5 goals at 13/8 is a value bet in this one.
Andre Marriner is faced with the difficult task of keeping a lid on what should be a tempestuous encounter between City and United with so much at stake. The official has already sent off five players this season, and there has been a red card in three of the last four Manchester derbies, plus a total of 23 cautions in those games. So, over 6.5 cards in Monday night’s clash is a good bet at 10/11.
Paul Scholes has been credited with inspiring United’s remarkable turnaround this season – the Red Devils have won 10 of 11 games when the 37-year-old has started. The former England midfielder has a great record against City, scoring seven goals against United’s local rivals in a career spanning three decades. Scholes’ most recent effort came in the shape of a 90th-minute winner back in 2010, and the Tipster’s long-range effort for this edition is for Scholes to score at any time at 6/1.
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