Just like gazpacho, revenge tastes best ladled out in large helpings after spending a good stint in the fridge.
Optimum serving temperature for the summer soup is a few hours before freshness is compromised; the recipe for revenge is a bit more flexible.
Manchester United have had the dish on ice since their late September smiting by flashy foes Manchester City, in preparation for the Citizens’ Old Trafford visit this evening.
A price of 23/10 says the Red Devils dent City’s title hopes with a win, while those who fancy Manuel Pellegrini to mark his first season in English football with a Manchester derby double can get paid out at 11/10.
Shared spoils can be backed at 12/5, but the bet to be on is the 5/4 that says only one or neither team will find the net at the Theatre of Dreams.
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The Manchester City goal-machine isn’t quite as efficient these days.
Alvaro Negredo hasn’t had his name scrawled on the score sheet in nine appearances in sky blue clobber, while Edin Dzeko only has one goal to show from as many outings.
Sergio Aguero’s continued injury problems will prevent him lining up against the side he’s notched five in six against and with the reinforcements out of sorts, the threat of the City strike force is significantly reduced.
Six of the Citizens’ previous ten have yielded fewer than 2.5 goals.
This stat emphasises City’s fall from free-scoring grace without their goal-getter in chief, while four of the five they spanked Fulham for last time out came after Fernando Amorebieta’s red card for the Cottagers.
Across these ten games, it’s also important to note that seven ended with only one or neither side on target.
Only one participant has located the onion bag in each of United’s last seven run outs.
This run encompasses two competitions and includes two games against title-chasing pair Liverpool and Arsenal.
David Moyes’ boys must make do without their top scorer as well, with Robin van Persie’s knee injury ruling him out of contention so expect a low-scoring one.
An interesting side bet, fewer than 2.5 goals pays out at 21/20.