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Manchester United vs Manchester City Betting: Early action in 7/1 Bet Builder for crucial derby

12:59 BST 24/04/2019
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The cross-city rivals meet on Wednesday night and our tipster is backing an open first half in a multi-selection play boasting plenty of value

Manchester United and Manchester City face off at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in one of the most important games of the Premier League season.

Anything but victory for the visitors would hand the advantage back to Liverpool in the title race whilst defeat for the Red Devils will see them remain three points behind fourth place and a coveted Champions League spot.

bet365 make Pep Guardiola’s men just 1/2 (1.50) to take the spoils and the bragging rights, but we have come up with a value 7/1 (8.0) play using the firm's Bet Builder.

Bet Builder allows users to combine individual selections from the game that normally cannot be placed into an accumulator, and we have opted for: Both Teams to Score, First half to see the most goals, and over three cards.

Goals at both ends seems quite likely at Old Trafford. bet365 offer just 7/10 (1.70) that each side is able to find the net – as has happened in each of the last three Manchester derbies.

It has also occurred in 13 of United’s 16 home league games this season, with David De Gea managing just two clean sheets at the Theatre of Dreams. Only one of those has come in the side’s last 10 matches.

Although 55.5 per cent of Premier League goals this season have been scored in the second half, United and City are two of just six clubs to have netted the majority of their strikes before the break.

Guardiola’s men have struck 47 times in the opening period whilst the hosts have done so on 33 occasions. Those totals make the local rivals the two teams with the most first half goals this season.

Finally, cards are likely in any derby but one with so much on the line is likely to see plenty of fiery tackles. Only Watford (73) have picked up more cards than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have this term whilst City average 1.63 per away game.

That portion of the bet would have paid out in four of the last six Manchester derbies and the entire 7/1 (8.0) selection using the Bet Builder looks a solid play for this important clash on Wednesday night.

Both Teams to Score, First half to see the most goals, and over three cards at 7/1 (8.0) using the Bet Builder at bet365