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Monday, 24 March 2014 22:33

The Manchester Derby

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Manchester will be buzzing with the derby between two of the English Premier top clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City.

The game comes at a pivotal point in the season for Manchester United and David Moyes, with recent wins against Olympiakos in the Champions League and Against West Ham in the Premier League, the club and manager will be hoping this will mark a resurgence in form that will continue till the end of the season. The Red Devil fans will be praying that their team will be able to salvage some pride at home, and ruin Manchester City’s chances of winning the title.

Even without Robin van Persie, out due to a knee injury, there seems to be a growing belief among the fans that Rooney, Welbeck and Mata can create the magic. Wayne Rooney is on fire, with five goals in his last five games in all competitions against Man City, and Danny Welbeck has scored in his last three starts at Old Trafford. Defensively, United have been poor this season, and MOyes has not confirmed whether Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Rio Ferdinand will be fit enough to play, especially with their captain Nemanja Vidic missing on a two match ban.

The bookmakers and pundits alike seem to think that a win is a tall order for David Moyes, with Paddypower pricing City 5/4 away favourites to win the game. City manager, Manuel Pellegrini will be without Sergio Aguero and Matija Nastasic, but the depth of the City squad will have no problems in replacing these players with real quality. City will be confident as they have won four of the last five games against Manchester United, and Old Trafford has not been the fortress it once was with City winning on their last two visits.

I know that football is a funny old game, but in spite of the Manchester United’s last two wins, my money has to be on City to come away winners on Tuesday night. In spite of a return of form by Wayne Rooney, it will take a lot to get through City’s defence. City’s statistics reflect the task ahead for Rooney and Welbeck, as The Blues have not conceded a goal in the Premier League for 418 minutes, in addition to the fact that Pellegrini’s team have the joint best away record over the last five matches. David Silva should cause United defence all sorts of problems as the Spaniard’s pace will stretch United’s back line.

Paddypower has a Money back Special on the game - If Wayne Rooney scores last, they will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on the match as a free bet!