Premier League Odds: Manchester United Welcomes City Rivals at Old TraffordPublished September 10, 2016 by Florin P
The derby of Manchester reignites century-old rivalry (1:30 p.m UK Time).
The match that everyone is anxiously waiting for is scheduled for Saturday, September 10. Manchester United and Manchester City square off at Old Trafford in a match that will weigh heavily in the race for the Premier League title. These two teams are the biggest spenders this year and with Guardiola and Mourinho at the helm, they have emerged as top favorites to win the domestic championship.
No Injury Concerns on Either Side
Unless footballers pick up injuries and they play for their national teams in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers, both Manchester teams will feature the best starting formation. It’s been a while since they played the last official match, so fatigue won’t be a concerned either. There is tremendous pressure on both coaches, as they meet for the first time in a Premier League match.
Guardiola and Mourinho had a long rivalry in the Spanish La Liga, one that is reignited by the Derby of Manchester. Club owners gave them huge budgets to spend on players and in return, they expect nothing less of the Premier League trophy. A defeat against the main counter candidate would be disastrous for both of them, but they can’t settle for a draw either.
No Fallback Plan for Manchester United
Manchester City has won the domestic championship two years ago and is also actively involved in the Champions League. If they win either trophy, the fans and management will surely forgive the manager for failing to claim the other. Manchester United on the other hand only plays in Europa League and winning this otherwise prestigious competition wouldn’t be enough.
In a nutshell, the hosts are hard-pressed to win the Premier League and a victory against Manchester City is instrumental. Bookmakers have accurately set the odds to reflect Manchester United’s status as narrow favorite. bet365 Sports currently has the best odds at 6/5 so Red Devils fans should place a bet here.