United have all the momentum going into the derby
Manchester City have won their last four Premier League games against Manchester United but United are now sitting above their great rivals in the table for the first time since November 2013 and they go into this local derby with all the momentum.
Louis van Gaal has still to convince many United fans that he’s the man to take the club back to the glory days – there have been too many misfiring performances for that. But he gets results and United are chasing a sixth straight victory.
They’ve been particular effective at Old Trafford, where they’ve only lost twice all season. They’ve won more home games than anyone else in the Premier League, with only Arsenal scoring more in front of their own fans, and City have now lost three away games in a row following Monday’s defeat at Crystal Palace.
City’s Edin Dzeko has a good scoring record against United and is 7/1 with Sergio Aguero at 5/1 – the Argentinian international has scored three in his last four against United but hasn’t found the back of the net in any of his last six appearances in all competitions, which is something of a drought for a player of his quality.
City are aiming to become the first team to win five Premier League matches in a row against United but have injury problems. Strikers Wilfried Bony and Stevan Jovetic both miss out and skipper Vincent Kompany is also a doubt. They are struggling on the road and only got going at Crystal Palace when it was too late. Yaya Toure and their midfield will need to be on their game from the outset and a rampant United are unlikely to show them any mercy if they get their noses in front.
Manchester United to win and over 2.5 goals is 11/4 in the Matchbet + totals market and you back four total goals in the match at 23/5.
The match kicks off at 4.00pm on Sunday, April 12 at Old Trafford.