Kick Off: 0230, 21/07/2017
Stadium: NRG Stadium, Houston
The Manchester derby takes place on foreign soil for the first time when United face City in the International Champions Cup in Houston.
Last summer’s friendly in Beijing was called off and it remains to be seen how serious either side treats the game at this early stage of pre-season, with more big tests still to come against the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Few players, if any, are likely to play 90 minutes, though, and with substitutions breaking up the game in the second half, the first of our Man Utd vs Man City betting tips is more goals in the first half at 21/10.
A Look At Man Utd’s Betting Odds
Jose Mourinho has suggested he will give his starting line-up an hour of the game before rotating, backing up our prediction that the first half will be the most entertaining.
“I will try to go for 60 (minutes), 30 (minutes),” said the United boss. “Some players they can play 60 minutes against City and then they will play 30 against Real and vice-versa. I will try the same. I will try to give minutes to everybody because it’s an important thing.
“Obviously the level of Man City, Real Madrid and Barcelona is higher (than our previous matches) – it’s Champions League level, three important teams in the Champions League, which will be a new competition for us too. It is good for us and good experiences to play against them.
“I don’t know how they will look to the game. But I know that Manchester City is our city rival, I know Real Madrid is European champion but it’s not so important for us to play for a result.”
With so many changes planned, the momentum of the game could easily shift so we’re also tipping Lead-Lose in the run of play market at 6/1.
A Look At Man City’s Betting Odds
There is a suspicion that earning some sort of Manchester bragging rights, even in a pre-season friendly, might mean more to City.
Raheem Sterling suggested they are treating the game seriously, telling the club website: “We want to be firing from the first minute.
“Pre-season will be tough but we’re really looking forward to it, especially playing Man United in the States. It will be an amazing experience and as always, a tough game against them.”
City are 13/10 for victory but with so much attacking talent available, we think there could be plenty of goals so let’s be more ambitious. The last of our Man Utd vs Man City predictions is for City to win and both teams to score at 17/5.
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