United are underdogs against City but will they fight for it?

It’s the Manchester derby, and United are 3.4 with Coral to beat City at the Etihad and pull six points clear of their arch rivals.

The Red Devils currently sit top of the table and come into the game on the back of three consecutive wins.

Although beaten 1-0 in their midweek Champions League game, they had already qualified and it was clear that Sir Alex was more concerned about this clash.

Robin van Persie was given a rest, and the Dutchman is capable of causing the City defence nightmares.

He is priced up at 7 with Coral and Ladbrokes to net the opener, and can also be backed at 2.63 with Boylesports to net anytime.

The former makes much more appeal from a betting perspective, as history shows that this is a traditionally tight and hard fought game where one goal is enough to secure all three points.

Five of the last six Manchester league derbies at the Etihad have finished with a 1-0 scoreline – with United winning 3, City 2 and the other match resulting in a 0-0 draw.

That makes 1-0 the obvious bet in the correct score market, and Coral and Ladbrokes go a top priced 7 about that outcome.

Under 2.5 goals also looks a rock solid punt at 2.2 with bet365 and Betfred if recent league encounters between the pair are anything to go on.



  1. I hope we win this one.

    Just don’t know how we will. Our midfield is lacking.

    Maybe Van Persie will be the difference.

    I’m not that confident about a clear win for us.

    Maybe City don’t show up and we grind out a victory.

    If they’re on their game I will be happy with a draw.

    But then we will have to beat them when they come to Old Trafford. Hopefully Kagawa and Vida and Anderson will al be back by then and in good form.

  2. match preview with only betting Odds?

    Red Rants surely has lost its Shine… i come less often.. Please be back to older rants..

  3. despicable, I think you are wrong mate. The harmony on this site is far better than it has ever been. There a great community now here, without the big egos with their belief they are Red Rants. The interaction between commenter’s is good, with varied opinions but with good spirit, Ian and the boys deserve credit.

  4. We are underdogs on Sunday. With injuries to Vida, Cleverley, Anderson, Kagawa, Nania and Vally this limits our forward play.
    Fergie will batten down the hatches and play for a draw.
    It could be very hard viewing……

    • @Stephen: If we set out to play for a draw, we could be in big trouble. Ian is right, let’s have right fooking go at them. Guaranteed, they’re not the side they used to be, but they’re not exactly Barcelona either. Beside, now they’re the favourites and we’re the underdogs (as they’ve been saying for months), therefore let’s go out there and shut them up.

  5. manchester united need this match to us be on top with six points different to d rival manchester city on sunday.we to be focus despart the fact that we have problem with our midfeild.

  6. If we win the game on Sunday it will be phenominal!

    We have been stripped (by injury) of 5 of our best players.

    I would love to see how City would perform without Kompany, Nasri, Silva,Barry and Toure?

  7. We will lose badly on Sunday. The midfield will be completely overrun, Aguero and Silva will be left one-on-one with our defence. There will be some ugly scenes if RVP doesn’t perform.

    • @Moscow: You’re brave enough to say what most United fans refuse to admit.

      We’re in proper trouble on Sunday.

      I love your ruthless objectivity.

      A draw will actually be a good result for us come Sunday.

      A win is not impossible, so we must cling to the belief that it is.

      A loss would be unthinkable.

    • @Moscow: Don’t worry. After I am done with my night-before FIFA, United will be a great shape!!! United to win!!!

    • @Daniele:
      that’s what The Guardian thinks may be the line up. It won’t be published till an hour before KO. I’d throw Smalling at rb and put Rafael at RM then switch fletch for Jones. Carrick and Jones cover for Rio and Evans, Jones is big enough to handle Toure, Rafael all over Silva like Sh*t on a blanket.

  8. Why are people so negative about united were not in trouble yes we havnt been playing great recently but we’ve been scoring goals and although the defence has been shit we’ll change that on sunday, have some faith people it’ll be close and a hard fought game but we’ll win

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