Wednesday 24 April: 8pm KO
Live on Sky Sports
Manchester City need a win from this game to return to the top of the Premier League. They face a Manchester United side that need to bounce back from a disastrous performance at Everton on Sunday as they bid for a top four finish.
Manchester City will retain their Premier League title if winning their final four fixtures. This trip to Old Trafford clearly looks like being the one where they could have that slip that might give the title to Liverpool. Then again, if United play as they did on Sunday, it might be one of the easiest. City are currently 4/6 (1.66) at BetVictor to become Premier League champions this season.
The weekend saw them beat Tottenham for the second game in a row to again go top of the table. Liverpool went above them with their win at Cardiff City on Sunday and are 13/10 (2.3) at William Hill to win the title. This is City’s game in hand and victory will take them a point clear at the top of the table.
City have won their last ten league games since the shock loss at Newcastle United at the end of January They are 4/9 (1.44) at Unibet to win at Old Trafford. They have won their last four away league games and scored at least twice in all but one of them. You can get odds of 2/5 (1.4) at Coral on them scoring at least twice in this match.
Manchester United stayed sixth in the league after their miserable 4-0 defeat at Everton. So far, the damage to their top four hopes has been limited due to both Tottenham and Arsenal losing at the weekend. They will be hoping that Chelsea drop points at home to Burnley on Monday.
The current gap is two points but that will climb to three if Chelsea win on Monday. At Ladbrokes it’s now 8/1 (9,0) that United finish in the top four this season and 1/8 (1.12) with Betfair that they don’t. United now have two vital home games with the visit of Manchester United followed by a match against Chelsea on Sunday. They have to win at least one of those to retain any hope of Champions League football next season.
The loss at Goodison Park was the sixth in their last eight games in all competitions. Puzzled United fans are wondering why the decision to appoint Ole Gunnar Solksjaer as permanent manager was taken so early. Defending isn’t their greatest skill and two more goals conceded will take the total up to 50 in the Premier League this season. After the Everton nightmare, only nine teams have let in more Premier League goals this season than United.
Home form remains good though with no defeats in their last 14 league games. Their only league defeat at Old Trafford this season was against Tottenham in August. They have won three in a row and are 6/1 (7.0) at BoyleSports to get a win against City on Wednesday. Just how they are going to cope with an in-form Manchester City remains to be seen.
Manchester City have won two of their last three games against United. Both teams have scored in those matches and the odds of both City and United scoring on Wednesday are 4/6 (1.66) at Betfred.
Phil Jones went off injured at Goodison Park on Sunday and is doubtful for this game.
One Goal in It?
The last three Manchester United home league games have all seen them win by a single-goal margin. You can get odds of 15/2 (8.5) at Bet365 on that happening on Wednesday.
Over 2.5 Goals Likely
Only three of the last 14 United home games against City have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. It’s 8/15 (1.52) at SkyBet that there are over 2.5 goals scored in this game.
Both teams need a win from this game and there’s so much at stake. City have the pressure of retaining their title, while United need the points for a top four finish. It’s important for Solksjaer too as doubts already surface over his ability to do the job at Old Trafford. City are in form and United’s defending leaves a lot to be desired. A bet on City to win and over 1.5 goals has odds of 8/13 (1.61) at Paddy Power.