Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has put a summer of uncertainty behind him to score three times in his last two competitive games and he can break the deadlock in the champions’ crunch clash with neighbours Man City at the tasty price of 7/1.
The first Manchester derby of the season sees the return of bwin’s cracking double/triple your money offer and if you back the first goalscorer and he scores one or two more you’ll get either twice or three times the odds.
You could be sitting on a massive 21/1 wager if the England striker breaks the deadlock at the Etihad and goes on to complete a hat-trick and with Rooney reminding everybody why Jose Mourinho was so keen to sign him up for Chelsea with his start to the season that does not seem so fanciful.
The former Everton man has also scored the most goals of any player in this fixture since the Abu Dhabi United group took over at what was then known as the City of Manchester Stadium five years ago.
The 27-year-old has helped himself to five strikes in the ten Premier League games between the clubs during that period.
Rooney loves a brace and got on the scoresheet twice in a game on four separate occasions in the top flight last term, including in United’s 3-2 away win over their neighbours.
He is also capable of the odd early-season hat-trick having struck three times against Arsenal and Bolton in the league before the end of September in 2011/12.
City are the favourites at 6/5 to send the blue half of Manchester into raptures with a win and captain Vincent Kompany is set to start in the league for the first time since the opening day after coming through 90 minutes against Viktoria Plzen in the Citizens’ 3-0 Champions League group stage win.
United manager David Moyes – who, like his opposite number Manuel Pellegrini, takes charge of his team in a Manchester derby for the first time – will hope to make it three wins on the spin in all competitions at odds of 21/10 and the draw is priced up at 12/5.