Hull City 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford)
Manchester City 3-1 West Ham (Sterling (2) – Fernandinho)
Kick Off: 12.30, 10/09/2016
Stadium: Old Trafford
Head-to-head: Man City 0-1 Man Utd, Man Utd 0-0 Man City, Man Utd 4-2 Man City, Man City 1-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 0-3 Man City
Man Utd: Out – None
Doubtful – Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Luke Shaw
Man City: Out – None
Doubtful – Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, Vincent Kompany, Bacary Sagna, Leroy Sane
* Draw @ 9/4
* Over 0.5 goals to be scored between 75th-minute and full time @ 20/21
* Under 2.5 goals in the match @ 5/6
* Man Utd have won only one of their past five at home to City
* Five goals have been scored beyond the 88th minute in the past five runnings of this fixture at Old Trafford
* Three of the past four Manchester derbies have seen one goal or less
A look at Man Utd’s betting odds
The Red Devils have clearly been reinvigorated under Jose Mourinho, but have yet to take on a truly formidable foe since the Portuguese took charge, with a 2-0 home win over a Southampton side in transition their best result in three fixtures so far.
Sergio Aguero seems likely to stay banned, for which United can be truly grateful, but with City close to naming a fully-fit squad for the first time under Pep Guardiola, this hotly-anticipated clash is warming up to a sizzler.
Goals are expected considering the attacking talent on show, but with both sides defending resplendently, being breached just four times in eight 2016/17 matches combined, even new City stopper Claudio Bravo’s debut seems unlikely to cause ructions.
United have not had fun in this home fixture over the past half-decade, losing three in a row from 2011-2014, starting with a 6-1 thrashing, but they did take four Old Trafford points against City under Van Gaal, suturing the wound somewhat.
Guardiola had the better of Mourinho over 11 Clasicos in Spain, but Real Madrid drew their first home match against Barcelona with the Special One at the helm 1-1. That scoreline can be backed at odds of 5/1 in the betting here.
A look at Man City’s betting odds
If Aguero was available City would surely be pushing for favouritism, with the Argentine’s outstanding record of eight goals in nine games against United the kind of game-changing impetus this fixture needed.
As it is, Guardiola appears to be left with the choice of Nolito or Kelechi Iheanacho up front, which won’t worry Mourinho and his new defensive enforcer Eric Bailly quite as much, excellent forwards though they are.
Former stars of the Bundesliga Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan could land Premier League debuts at Old Trafford, adding further confusion to the punting mix, and if Guardiola can eke further improvement from his in-form side they might make a mockery of bwin’s 11/5 odds about the visitors.
That can’t be guaranteed, so with the Manchester giants tough to split a 9/4 draw looks the safest betting strategy.