Manchester City’s derby clash against Manchester United is under threat from remote-controlled drones according to the local constabulary.
Greater Manchester Police are on red alert to the prospect according to The Daily Mail, who report that the GMP will have a helicopter on hand to intercept unwelcome craft during the blockbuster fixture.
It’s 10/1 that at a drone is spotted in Etihad airspace during the derby on Sunday November 2.
And the bwin layers look to have afforded their adoring public a superb price given the long arm of the law have already gone to the lengths of scrambling a chopper.
Unmanned flying machines have got form on both domestic and international footballing fronts of late too.
The recent European Championship qualifier between Serbia and Albania was interrupted by a remote-controlled drone carrying a flag said to represent the contentious geographical entity known as the ‘Greater Albania’.
However it’s not only the historically tense borders of the Balkans in which drones have been targeted at football matches.
A man was apprehended while flying one from a supermarket car park near City’s ground during the Sky Blues’ 4-1 win over Tottenham on October 18.
Meanwhile an aircraft piloted by a flesh and blood entity was spotted over Old Trafford earlier this year, with a message of antipathy for then United manager David Moyes in tow.
The Citizens are 91/100 favourites for a third successive win in the fixture, but the Red Devils will be full of confidence they can justify their own 3/1 odds after holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw last time out.
Resting at home while City were being knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Newcastle on Wednesday night United will be hopeful of extending their hosts’ winless run to four matches – the draw is an 11/4 shot.