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Owen to give City the blues?

It’s not often that you able to back Manchester United at odds-against to win at home, but you can this Sunday when they play host to arch rivals City.
 
United are 2.1 Boylesports and Victor Chandler to bag three points in the Derby clash and regain the top spot in the league from Mancini’s men.
 

Michael Owen celebrating his late goal against City in 09/10

The stats are good as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have lost none of their last six games against the Citizens – winning five and drawing one.
 
United have also lost none of their last 25 league games at Old Trafford and have had by far the more testing fixtures of the two sides this season.
 
They have played -  and beaten – Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs and drew with Liverpool last week when Rooney was surprisingly left out of a defensive looking starting line-up.
 
By stark contrast, City have only faced Spurs from last season’s top six and have so far had an easy run of games against inferior opposition.
 
Rooney will surely start on Sunday and he is as short as 5 with many bookmakers to open the scoring. However Paddy Power have gone 7 and that looks terrific value.
 
There could also be a bit of value to be had in backing Michael Owen to score at anytime during the 90 minutes.
 
Owen may not get a start, but given his terrific goal scoring record against City it will be surprising if he doesn’t get involved at some point.

He has scored seven goals in eight Premier League games against the Blues, and that makes the 3.5 on offer with Victor Chandler about him scoring anytime look attractive.
 
Make no mistake, this is a tough game for United and a win by any margin will be welcomed by all.
 
I believe that their young guns will be up for this like no other game. Their enthusiasm and will to run themselves into the ground to grind out a result looks the key to a United victory.
 
Predicting the scoreline is a really tough call. United have scored with a higher percentage of their shots than any other team in the Premier League (24%), while City are ranked second scoring with 20%.
 
A scour of the markets suggests that 2-1 is the most likely outcome and that can be backed at 8.5 with bet365 and Victor Chandler.
 
To me that looks the most solid option if your playing in the correct score market, but at a tasty 17 with Boylesports 3-1 has to be worth a small saver.
 
*bet365 are offering a  free ‘In-Play’ bet offer for this game. Place a bet before kick-off and once the game has started place another bet on any of more than 60 In-Play markets to qualify. If your first In-Play bet loses they will refund this stake, up to the same value as your largest pre-match bet (max £50).


 

73 Comments

  1. soren says:

    Zibbie ha ha, get well soon Papi!!

  2. WillieRedNut says:

    zino – A vicious upper cut! :)

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Good day all. Have a go at skysports site and vote for Fergies strongest.
    First up is keepers. Schmeichs is cleaning everyones clock by some margin, so you lads with Les or Edwin as sentimental favorites can feel free to put in your votes without a care.

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,,12040_7256350,00.html

  4. zino says:

    Willie- i feel ya… Ryu, Street Fighter!! *warming up*

  5. zino says:

    I’m kinda confused. Been seeing conflicting reports on the net as to which of our players are fit. Some saying vidic is out, some saying rio and another saying that clevs is fit enough for the bench

  6. CedarsDevil says:

    3 – 1 on Sunday, double by Little Pea and a third by Young…. Own goal by Evra for their consolation in the 109th minute …..

    By the way, has anyone read ‘that’ article by the Telegraph?

  7. CedarsDevil says:

    soren

    Get well soon darling…. I am sure a derby win will get you on your feet

  8. WillieRedNut says:

    Zino – All the injury news is in that brilliant article CedarsDevil referenced.

  9. CedarsDevil says:

    Thanks Willie

  10. James21 says:

    Its tricky on Sunday but Utd know how to grind out a result. We need to keep focussed and cut out the silly mistakes. In the back of Mankini’s mind will be the late goal threat from Utd might give us the edge.
    I fuckin hate Snarling Blue scum fans and it pains me to even see them at Old Trafford. ‘Posnan Pricks’

    COME ON REDS.

  11. WillieRedNut says:

    No problem Cedars. Posnan pricks. :lol:

  12. CedarsDevil says:

    Posnan Pricks?

    Hahahaha classic quote

  13. CedarsDevil says:

    Damn Willie, people may start thinking we are one person! hahaha

    Are we?

  14. Gerriered says:

    Hiya REDS, I don’t really care who scores I just badly want us to beat them……..

  15. WillieRedNut says:

    Cedars – We’re not the same person Willie. Sorry, Cedars! ;)

  16. This Is The One says:

    Anyone predicting an easy United win, you are mental. The only game tougher than this will be when we go to Eastlands. I think we’ll win it but only by a one goal margin, I’ll settle for a scrappy 1-0. Rooney or Young to score. Vidic didn’t look well at all on Tuesday, may not be worth the risk.

  17. CedarsDevil says:

    Cedars. are you sure? Willie is me

    Do not be fooled people, we err I mean I have been taking you for a ride

  18. denton davey says:

    Paul Parker @ 16:54: “we’ve got a near full strength squad to choose from. As the last of three back to back big games, I’d really love to see 4-5-1:

    ________Rooney
    Young Cleverly Ando Nani
    ________Carrick
    __Evra Rio Vidic Smalling
    ________De Gea

    Or if we play with a 4-4-2, I’d like to see:

    ____Welbeck Rooney
    Young Cleverly Ando Nani
    _ Evra Rio Vidic Smalling
    _______De Gea”

    No Berbatov ? No Valencia ? No Da Silvas ?

    What a difference a year makes.

  19. zino says:

    Willie, thanks

  20. Marching Red says:

    I see a scoreline of United 1-10 City.

    No, wait… That’s just our spending ratio.

  21. Okezie says:

    Owen cant play in such a game, his nt as sharp as he used2 b i tink rooney should b d lone striker in a 4-5-1 formation. I predict a 2-1 win in d favour of utd a goal 4rm rooney, nani and silva

  22. YorYor says:

    @Costas, true that. I just hope Nani plays on the right – to be honest, Valencia’s confidence seemed to have dipped and he seems to be playing within himself a little. Even when he’s played as a winger, he wasn’t taking defenders on and whipping in crosses. SAF’s instructions? Don’t know, but it’s sure not making him any more effective.

    @WRN You Berbatraitor! :P

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