Manchester United head to Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday aiming to round off what has been an excellent week for the club.
United’s 2-1 Champions League victory at Juventus on Wednesday was a major boost after what has been a mixed start to the campaign.
The result followed last week’s 2-1 league win at Bournemouth and should send United into the derby game full of confidence.
Jose Mourinho’s side head into the weekend nine points behind their local rivals and odds of 13/2 to win the game reflect the size of the task they face at the Etihad Stadium.
City have smashed 12 goals past Huddersfield Town and Shakhtar Donetsk during the past week, although it is fair to say that neither side possesses the same sort of quality as Juventus.
Mourinho has given striker Romelu Lukaku 24 hours to prove he is ready to face City. The Belgian star will take part in training sessions today and tomorrow in his bid to recover from a hamstring injury in time to be included in the squad at the Etihad.
Lukaku was dropped for United’s 2-1 victory over Everton at the end of last month before missing the Bournemouth and Juventus games with the injury, but he is desperate to be involved against City.
Diogo Dalot and Antonio Valencia missed Wednesday’s trip to Italy and are unlikely to be fit enough for this weekend, while Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo are out for the home side.
United will undoubtedly be eager to repeat last season’s victory in the corresponding fixture, although they will hope to avoid the drama of that game.
City led 2-0 at the break, but goals by Paul Pogba (2) and Chris Smalling secured a thrilling 3-2 win for United.
While City have been the dominant force in the Premier League over the past 18 months they have yet to fully convert that dominance into results in derby matches.
United have won four and drawn two of their last eight meetings in all competitions and they continue to lead the way in their previous Premier League encounters.
The Red Devils have won 21 and drawn eight of their 42 games since the league was formed in 1992 and they will be eager to enhance that record this weekend.
With fixtures to come against Crystal Palace and Southampton, Mourinho’s side have a great opportunity to get back in the title race if they can take at least a point on Sunday.
Man City vs Man Utd Betting Tips
Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick against Shakhtar during the week. Bet on the forward with 138.com to get on the scoresheet on Sunday at 5/6.
United won 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium last season. They’re 50/1 to match that scoreline on Sunday.
Marcus Rashford bagged the winner for United at Bournemouth last weekend. He is priced at 11/1 to score the last goal at the Etihad.