Attention shifts to the Old Trafford stadium where fierce rivals Manchester United entertain Manchester City in a top of the table Premier League encounter on Monday night. This 165th derby tussle is also key in determining who will wear the EPL crown.
For the high flying Red Devils who are yet to lose a game since November 2012, this will be the right platform to avenge their 6-1 annihilation in the hands of their cross-city rivals last season at the same venue, and are tipped by Ladbrokes to secure maximum points at 13/10 (2.30).
The visiting Blues who are second on the log, who are trailing their hosts by 15 points and have gathered a disappointing 11 points out of a possible 26 in their previous games, are 11/5 (3.2) bet with the same bookies to reduce Manchester United’s lead to 12 points.
Manchester City desperately need a result in their rivals’ backyard to dust off threat from Chelsea who are breathing down their neck with four points separating both sides. Should the match prove a hard one for both sides to win, the draw is placed at 9/4(3.25).
Roberto Mancini’s men must be hurting after surrendering their title so early, and will therefore be keen to restore some pride by recording a victory against Fergie’s men after failed expeditions in the English FA Cup and Uefa Champions League.
The Italian will also want to claim superiority over his Scottish rival as both managers have met 11 times with Mancini winning four times and on the losing side six times.
United have not conceded in over 627 minutes and are favorites to score most goals in the first half at 19/10 (2.90). Punters will have a value for their bet should they back the Red Devils to win and under 2.5 goals to be scored in match tipped at 3/1 (4.00).
For those looking for extra value, the anytime scorer market offers some fantastic prices. One in particular is Robin Van Persie. The former Arsenal man has done well in his debut season for the Red Devils netting 23 goals and is a remarkable 9/2 (5.50) to score first plus 11/8 (2.37) to find the back of the net at anytime, while his strike partner Wayne Rooney is available at 11/2 (6.50) to get the curtain raiser of the night.
Edin Dzeko has scored five times out of six games against the Old Trafford lords. Should he get his acts right, he might open the floodgate of goals at 8/1 (9.00).