Manchester United-Manchester City Betting Preview: Goals galore in this top of the table derby match

Monday sees the Premier League's top two clash in the long-awaited local derby, our tipster is backing goals and has a 5/1 value bet
When the fixture list was released last summer, many thought that this match would be a title decider, with only a handful of Premier League matches left. However, few predicted that Manchester United would have built up a 15-point gap, leaving the Red Devils on course for their 20th league title.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men come into this clash unbeaten in the league since November, recording a record breaking 25 league wins out of their first 30 matches. A win this evening would all but secure the return of the Premier League Trophy to Old Trafford. Ferguson’s men are favourites at 13/10 (2.30) with Bet365 to take all three points.

Manchester City have been below par this season, despite still sitting comfortably in second position in the league. Roberto Mancini’s men have only lost four times this season, but they have drawn eight matches, which has seen their quest to retain the Premier League fall short.

The Champions have lost two of their last three away league matches and are underdogs at 23/10 (3.30) with Bet365 to keep a glimmer of hope alive in the battle for the league. The same firm offers the stalemate at 5/2 (2.50).

The Manchester derby is always a tough game to call, with City coming away with a 6-1 win last time they came to Old Trafford. However, since then United have beaten them twice in the last three matches, so it is truly a tough one to call.

Something that is pretty much guaranteed though, is goals. Four of the last five meetings between the two sides would have seen over 2.5 goals pay out, and the 8/11 (1.73) price by Bet365 for this to happen again is certainly worth backing.

For those thinking it may be a tight encounter, City have nothing to lose and will certainly attack United, and with four of United’s last five home games also paying out for over 2.5 goals, this bet is not to be missed.

For those looking for extra value, it’s worth backing United’s Wayne Rooney to break the deadlock.

Rooney seems to come alive against Manchester City, scoring four in his last three, also scoring first in the reverse fixture earlier this season. The striker wasn't risked against Chelsea last week in preparation for this match and the price of 5/1 (6.00) with Bet365 is certainly worth an investment.

Over 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) with Bet365
Wayne Rooney to score first at 5/1 (6.00) with Bet365

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