Manchester City v Manchester United Betting: Back Red Devils to lock up at the back

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With plenty at stake, Al Hain-Cole expects Jose Mourinho's conservative tactics to ensure a tight and tense Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City and Manchester United will both be looking to take a huge step towards Champions League qualification when they come face-to-face at the Etihad Stadium for Thursday's Manchester derby.

Currently one point ahead of their neighbours in fourth place, Pep Guardiola's men are 10/11 (1.91) favourites with dabblebet to move ahead of Liverpool and into third by coming out on top here.

However, having gone 23 games without defeat in the Premier League, the Red Devils are on offer at 16/5 (3.20) to equal their longest ever top flight unbeaten streak within one season by emerging victorious in their rivals' back yard.

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Just one of the last 16 encounters between these teams has resulted in a draw, but you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them cancelling each other out on this occasion.

Defeated by Arsenal in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final and already knocked out of the Champions League, Guardiola would find himself under real scrutiny should his side drop out of the top four at this stage of the campaign.

While he may be sitting rather more comfortably after lifting the EFL Cup in February and with next week's Europa League semi-final to look forward to, Jose Mourinho will nevertheless be equally determined to avoid a second league defeat of the season at the hands of his bitter rival.

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Having already exacted some revenge for September's 2-1 league defeat at Old Trafford by masterminding a 1-0 victory in the EFL Cup last 16 clash, Mourinho is bound to implement similarly conservative tactics and look to contain the Citizens' multi-talented attack.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba unable to feature, the Portuguese boss will therefore rely on a backline that has kept clean sheets in seven of their last 10 league fixtures in order to grind out a positive result.

All things considered, even odds (2.00) look like a solid investment on United keeping things tight in a game that features no more than two goals.

Under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at even odds (2.00) with dabblebet

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