Despite being on polar opposite paths, Manchester City and Manchester United will meet for the 192nd time in a Premier League matchup in Gameweek 27. After last week’s loss to Fulham, the Red Devils now trail their cross-city rivals by 15 points in the league. Conversely, Pep Guardiola’s squad has finally discovered a vein of consistency, stretching back to early December with eight victories and an unblemished streak in the league.

Top 3 marketsBest odds at bookmakers
Manchester City to win: ⚽1.28 at Bet9ja
Manchester City to score over 2.5 goals: 🥅1.85 at 1xbet
Haaland to score anytime: ✅1.60 at Sportybet

Manchester City and Manchester United: Previous Games 

There have been 191 meetings between Manchester City and Manchester United since their first meeting in 1891. With 78 wins to Manchester City’s 60, Manchester United enjoys the better record in the rivalry—fifty-three more matches ended in draws.

On match day 10 of the Premier League in 2023, these two teams last met on October 29. The final score was 3-0 in favor of Manchester City against Manchester United.

Probable Manchester City Lineup

Ederson; Walker, Dias, Akanji, Ake; Rodri, Stones; Silva, De Bruyne, Foden, Haaland

Probable Manchester United Lineup

Onana; Dalot, Varane, Lindelof, Amrabat; Casemiro, Manioo, McTominay; Fernandes, Rashford, Garnacho

Betting tips: Manchester City x Manchester United

Check out our predictions of the day for Manchester City vs. Manchester United

Prediction 1: Manchester City x Manchester United / Manchester City to win

Given Manchester City’s previous record at the Etihad Stadium and common sense, it’s unlikely that Manchester United will be able to pose much of a threat to them. Despite the overwhelming odds against Manchester United, Erik ten Hag will learn a thing or two from Chelsea’s success story and pull off an upset. After all, this is football.

City have gone undefeated in their past eleven league games, but it still needs to change the fact that the probability of that occurring is much under ten percent. Their current streak includes a tie and four victories in their previous five games, which is a bad sign for Manchester United and puts the odds in favor of the Citizens. In particular, Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne are back to full strength and scoring form.

Prediction 2: Manchester City x Manchester United / Manchester City to score over 2.5 goals

The 15-point gap between them hardly captures the magnitude of the social divide between the two competitors. When everything is said and done, City will most certainly have widened that gap, particularly considering their recent performance. Ten of their past fourteen victories had a two-goal margin of victory.

United have lost 60% of their league games this season by two goals or more, while the hosts have won 11 of their 18 games by two or more. With 18 goals scored in their past six matches and three three-goal victories in their last four league matches, the Citizens are heavy favorites to overcome a -1 handicap and secure an easy win.

Prediction 3: Manchester City x Manchester United / Haaland to score anytime

By beating Luton 6-2 in midweek, Manchester City showed that they are playing methodically and that their offense is performing at a high level again. The Citizens have been outstanding all season long in 2024, laying the groundwork for a possible second-half push that might lead to a trophy finish.

At Luton, the Belgian tallied four assists, demonstrating how productive the combination between De Bruyne and Haaland is now. It was one of Haaland’s most spectacular performances for City, and his five goals were even more astounding.

While at Manchester United, Haaland has become a significant headache for the Red Devils. Earlier this season, in a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford, he scored twice for City. He is worth at least one goal in their rekindled rivalry after scoring a hat trick in this match last season.