This proved to be a key fixture in deciding the destination of the Premier League title last season and the early indications are that it could be every bit as significant this year too.
Manchester United are the top scorers in the top flight so far this season and on Sunday they make the short trip to face champions Manchester City who boast the best defence in the league.
City may have been dumped out of the Champions League but they are currently unbeaten in the Premier League and that will now be their main focus in the current campaign.
The Citizens are 6/5 (2.20) with bet365 to claim the three points that will take them back to the top of the table.
Of course, Sir Alex Ferguson and United will view this as an excellent opportunity to strengthen their position as a win would lift them six points clear of their city rivals.
The Red Devils have won six of their eight away games in the Premier League this season and with their goal power they will be confident of causing their opponents problems at the Etihad Stadium.
United are in the unusual position of being 11/5 (3.20) underdogs with bet365 to win this one. The draw is available at 5/2 (3.50) – although United have yet to draw a single game this season.
In the goalscorer markets, the joint-favourites to open the scoring are City’s Argentine duo of Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. They are both at 5/1 (6.00) to net the opening goal.
Strike pairing Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney were the two top scorers in the Premier League last season and are each in strong goalscoring form. They are at 11/2 (6.50) with bet365.
Backing a player to score in-play could be an ideal way to utilise the free in-play bet offer that bet365 are offering on this match.
With talent like that on the pitch it is tempting to assume that goals are on the cards.
There have been over 2.5 goals in 80 per cent of United’s league games this season and that outcome can be backed at 4/6 (1.67) with bet365.
But the smart money is to expect a cagey affair. In fact, punters might be wise to note that the two away games United did not win both ended in 1-0 defeats.
That was also the deficit when Ferguson’s men were beaten by CFR Cluj in midweek and, most significantly, it was the scoreline when these two teams last met in April.
The value bet here is to back City to win 1-0 at the chunky price of 17/2 (9.50) with bet365.
And the pick of the bets is to back the home side for victory. Since Christmas 2010, Roberto Mancini’s men have won 33 and drawn four of their 37 Premier League home games. Back City to win at 6/5 (2.20) with bet365.
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|Man City to win at 6/5 (2.20) with Bet365
||Man City to win 1-0 at 17/2 (9.50) with Bet365
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