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Manchester City v Manchester United Betting: Early local bragging rights to fall Red Devils' way

9:00 AM WAT 20/07/2017
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Boasting far better match practice beneath their belt, Al Hain-Cole expects Jose Mourinho's stars to come out on top against their city opponents

Manchester United and Manchester City will take their local rivalry across the Atlantic on Thursday, when they come face-to-face at Houston's NRG Stadium in the International Champions Cup.

Having already seen off LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake since arriving in the USA, Jose Mourinho's men are available at 17/10 (2.70) with dabblebet to maintain that pre-season winning streak with victory over their neighbours.

In contrast, the Citizens are yet to play 90 minutes since returning from holiday, but are marginal 6/4 (2.50) favourites to hit the ground running by coming out on top in Texas.

The sides shared a 0-0 draw when they last met in April's league derby match, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them taking this game to penalties after another stalemate.

While many will question the quality of the MLS opposition, the impressive nature of the Red Devils' two pre-season victories so far should not be underestimated.

Playing against two teams already more than half way into their domestic season, it took a creditable amount of fitness and form to run out such easy winners in both matches so early on in the summer.

Having given numerous squad players a runout after playing a different line-up per half in each clash, Mourinho can now afford to ease off on the substitutions and allow his key players more game time against their Premier League rivals.

In contrast, Pep Guardiola's team will be playing catch-up in terms of match practice as they take part in their first game of pre-season, so may find it rather more difficult to find their rhythm in the Texas heat.

All in all, those 17/10 (2.70) odds seem slightly generous on a better prepared United earning some early bragging rights by coming out on top against City on Thursday.

Manchester United to win for a 1pt stake at 17/10 (2.70) with dabblebet