It’s a shame that Manchester United are 15 points clear in the Premier League table, because the timing of their latest clash with Manchester City would be positively mouthwatering if there were anything riding on it.
Red and blue clash at Old Trafford in the Monday night game, with United aiming to rub salt into City wounds, while Roberto Mancini’s men will be seeking to gain revenge for their last-minute defeat at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season.
Derby matches, and especially Manchester derbies, are generally unpredictable so it’s up to us here at bwin to leave no stone unturned in finding any statistic that might offer some clue as to how this one will pan out.
There’s five right here that may tantalise your interest.
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3: Mike Dean, the referee on Monday night, has officiated three United league games this season, and they have won all of them by a single-goal margin. They can be backed to do the same this evening at 11/4 (draw in the 0-1 handicap market).
4: Four of the last five games between the sides have seen over 4.5 goals, and the odds on five or more goals being scored again on Monday are 17/4.
4: A man familiar with both sides of the great divide, Carlos Tevez, has scored the opening goal in four of City’s league games this season and twice in the past month – more than any other Sky Blue. The Argentinian is 13/2 to bag the first in this one.
5: The last three United victories in Manchester derbies have seen them on the right end of a five-goal thriller, and the price on yet another 3-2 win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men is a tempting 20/1.
30: On average in the Premier League this season, the Red Devils score their first goal after 30 minutes, and can be backed at 29/20 to score one goal in the first half at Old Trafford.
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