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Bet365 have announced that they will be offering all customers who place a pre-match bet on Sunday's game at Etihad Stadium another free bet up to £50 to use in-play on the game

It's the news that many punters have been waiting for. bet365 have announced that their extremely popular £50 in-play offer is back for Sunday's Manchester derby.

This offer is open to new and existing customers and the free bet can be used on any one of bet365's in-play markets during Sunday's match. As an added extra for new bet365 customers, they will receive a 100 per cent deposit bonus.

To qualify for a free bet for Sunday's game, just place a pre-match bet on the derby and bet365 will cover the cost of your first in-play selection if it loses, up to £50, if it wins, you keep the profits from both bets. There are dozens of in-play markets available featuring everything from next goal scorer, total goals, number of cards and of course, the match result.

This offer can be used in a number of different ways. Some punters use it to try and lock in a profit from the match by hedging their initial selection with their free bet.

For example, if you wanted to back Manchester United at 11/5 (3.2) with bet365 before kick-off and Sir Alex Ferguson's men scored the first goal, you could use the free bet to back Manchester City and the draw on the double chance market at inflated odds to ensure a profit no matter what the result.

If United went on to win, the pre-match bet would pay out and the in-play bet would be refunded in full, if Manchester City won or it was a draw, the pre-match bet would be a loser but the in-play bet would win.

Alternatively, some punters who are extra confident in their selection use the free bet to increase their stake on the original selection without risking any more of their bankroll.

For example, if you wanted to back Manchester City at 6/5 (2.20) with bet365 pre-match for £20, you would then be eligible for a £20 risk free bet to use in play and you could place this free bet on the same bet, at similar or better odds as the game goes on, essentially doubling the stake on the Manchester City win to £40 but only risking £20 in the process.

Others choose to take a different approach and either save their in-play bet until they get a feel for how the game is likely to play out or to back a long shot such as a goal scorer bet in-play, knowing that if their selection losses, they get their stake back and if it wins, it could be celebration time.

Whatever your strategy, ensure you don't miss out on one of the best free bet offers on the market for this weekend's biggest match.

Anyone without a bet365 account can sign up for one here to ensure they are ready for Sunday's clash between the Premier League's top two clubs, new customers also receive a 100% first deposit bonus up to £200.

If you already have an account, simply make sure your bet365 account is funded and you have placed your pre-match bet before 1.30pm on Sunday.

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