Manchester United traverse their home town to contest the derby with Premier League champions Manchester City in a game they’ll kick off as huge 14/5 underdogs.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side recorded two comprehensive victories over their local foes last term, winning 4-1 at home before romping to a 3-0 triumph at Old Trafford.
Should the same free-flowing, ferocious City side turn up at the Etihad this weekend, their 19/20 to claim the spoils will be hard to ignore.
The chances of the Manchester turf war ending in parity are rated at 11/4, but why bother backing either when there’s a mint to be made siding with the Red Devils?
After a season’s blip, Louis van Gaal is slowly restoring the 13-time Premier League winners back to their former selves and a victory over City will only quicken the process.
Here’s why Man Utd must be backed:
City have misplaced their mojo.
Suffering from the infamous ailment that befell master of espionage, Austin Powers, the Citizens and their superstar-studded frontline have scored just once in two-and-a-half outings.
Newcastle and their substandard backline were able to keep them at bay last time out and since the half-time whistle blew in their game with CSKA Moscow (they recorded their last multi-goal haul in the first 45 minutes of that match) they’ve shipped six.
Man Utd typically score against their neighbourhood adversaries.
In six of the previous eight renewals the Red Devils have rustled the net, even finding time to strike in heavy defeats that saw them leak four and six goals.
This campaign, they’ve scored at least twice in all bar one of the six games to occur since the first international break of the season.
One goal may well be enough given City’s current difficulties up top, while their porous rearguard suggests United won’t be frustrated.
LVG has a sterling record in big matches.
He masterminded a thoroughly-deserved 1-1 draw with the finest team in the Premier League last time out, which is another gold star for the Dutchman to add to his enviable repertoire of results in the blockbuster games.
During his first term at the Barcelona helm Van Gaal recorded three wins and two draws in six meetings with Real Madrid.
Victory over runners up Schalke six games prior to the end of his double-winning campaign in charge of Bayern Munchen helped secure his only Bundesliga title, while the Iron Tulip’s Champions League record is particularly laudable.
He set a club record ten successive wins in the competition as Barcelona boss and took two teams – Ajax and Bayern – to the final against the odds.