Manchester City v Manchester United Betting Tips: Oppose goals as Mourinho’s men look to spoil the party

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While the home side can clinch the title with a victory, the value looks to be in backing the visitors to follow their usual defensive approach

Manchester City have set a blistering pace in the Premier League this season and can clinch a fifth top-flight title with a victory against their bitter rivals at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Pep Guardiola would love to see his side crowned champions by beating Jose Mourinho’s side on home soil, of that there is no doubt.

Potential rotation for the hosts

That said, the Spaniard has already hinted at playing a weakened side with their Champions League quarter final clash against Liverpool in mind and the hosts have drifted in the betting as a result.

City are 22/25 (1.88) with 888Sport, who go 3/1 (4.0) that United inflict a first home defeat of the league campaign on the runaway leaders. The draw is 11/4 (3.75) with the same firm.

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The home side have a talented squad but with doubts about just how they’ll line-up for this game, it could be worth looking elsewhere for a wager.

Mourinho to spoil the party?

Mourinho’s usual approach when it comes to big games away from home is to put even more onus on defence. United have won just one of their last 10 away league games against fellow “big six” sides (D3, L6) and they’ve failed to score in eight of those.
 
With a Champions League spot all-but assured thanks to a nine-point advantage over Chelsea in fifth spot, United will be more concerned about spoiling a potential coronation of their rivals, as opposed to winning the match and that could lead to another tight encounter.

Opposing goals to pay dividends again

Under 2.5 goals is available at 21/20 (2.05) with 888Sport. That’s already paid out in United’s Premier League trips to Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea this season.

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Those matches produced just three goals combined and while City have plenty of firepower at their disposal to scupper such a bet, the potential rotation might mean they’re less potent than would usually be expected.

Opposing goals have proved a profitable approach in these situations and with City facing a 3-0 deficit on Tuesday night, this looks to be the best option once again as Mourinho looks to ensure the champagne stays on ice for at least one more game at the Etihad.

Odds correct at the time of publish

Betting Banner - Best Bet Under 2.5 goals at 21/20 (2.05) for a 2pt stake with 888Sport

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