Manchester City Prepare for Old Trafford Test
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ll have noticed that the build up to this weekend’s round of Premier League ties has been thoroughly dominated by one fixture in particular.
Manchester City’s trip to Old Trafford to face their bitter rivals Manchester United is set to be a pivotal clash in the context of both teams’ seasons and the game has become event more crucial given last weekend’s drama.
United’s long-standing unbeaten run was ended at 29 games by rock-bottom Wolves as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Molineux, with the result breathing new life into a title race that had at one stage looked to be theirs to lose.
City, meanwhile, strolled to an easy 3-0 win against West Bromwich Albion thanks to another hat-trick from their in-form striker Carlos Tevez – and they’ll be hoping the Argentine does the business again on his return to Old Trafford.
Tevez famously left United in acrimonious circumstances after moving cross-city to Eastlands and the forward is certain to get another hostile reception on Saturday when he lines up for Roberto Mancini’s side against his former employers.
However, for all the hype surrounding the Tevez situation the reality is that the game is arguably more important for the home side than it is for City, with Mancini’s men likely to adopt the familiar “must not lose” attitude that they used to stifle Arsenal.
As such, from a betting point of view backing the 0-0 looks like the most sensible option with a massive 9/1 available on Bet365.com, with additional insurance coming in the form of the 4/5 on the game having under 2.5 goals, which looks a dead cert.