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10.9. MANCHESTER DERBY: UNITED-CITY - PREVIEW & BETTING

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There's nothing missing from this titanic clash. The battle for bragging rights in Manchester boasts the most expensive starting elevens in the world, which put together gather up to an astonishing 735 million euros! This is the match with the most valuable players in footballing history!

14:30 MANCHESTER UNITED - MANCHESTER CITY

The greatest Manchester derby of all time - the billing isn't far from the truth. New managers, different playing styles and vastly changed squads. New star players along with the more established biggest names in the game. The bragging rights of Manchester the prize. This match deserves to be built up a bit.

The match is made even more interesting by the fact that both teams have gotten off to a perfect start. United have won all of their three Premier League games this season and boast a total goal difference of 6-1, while they also had time to beat Leicester City in the Community Shield 2-1. Manager Jose Mourinho has really managed to lift spirits in the United camp that lacked any joy over the last couple of years since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure.

City have been perhaps even more convincing, as they also boast three wins, but with a goal difference of 9-3. In addition to the league, City have also annihilated Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League with an aggregate score of 6-0. In terms of attack, City have been the most impressive side in England in 2016/17.

The Blues left for the international break in slightly better spirits than their rivals, as they comfortably beat West Ham 3-1 at home. Meanwhile, United struggled a lot away to Hull, but eventually managed to break through courtesy of a Marcus Rashford stoppage-time winner. United did control the match otherwise, but for some reason were lacking any cutting edge.

However, City do have one major issue coming into the derby. Their talismanic striker Sergio Agüero will miss the derby due to a three-match suspension he received against West Ham after the match, after the FA noticed his elbow hitting the face of Winston Reid. Although Agüero didn't find the back of the net against the Hammers, three goals in the opening two Premier League games tells a good story of how important the Argentine is to City. Luckily for Pep Guardiola City do have strength in depth and other in-form attacking players to choose - Raheem Sterling who scored two against West Ham and Nolito who got a double against Stoke to name a few.

Guardiola and Mourinho have faced each other 16 times previously. Guardiola has been at the helm at Barcelona and Bayern, while Mourinho has spent his time in the Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid dugout. The City manager has had better luck against his fierce rival over the years, winning seven times compared to Mourinho's three.

In terms of the odds the home team (the Reds) are being billed as favourites. However, although City are missing Agüero, both sides are filled to the brim with quality that there isn't much to separate them before kick-off. Super-expensive squads and the managerial duel mean the entertainment value of this match is sky-high.

BETTING ODDS:

Bet: Manchester United X Manchester City
1x2 27/20 Unibet 47/20 Bet365 12/5 Unibet
Handicap ManU -1: 7/2 LeoVegas   City +1: 31/50 Bet365
Asian handicap ManU -1.5: 19/5 LeoVegas   City +1.5: 1/5 Unibet
Over/under 2.5 goals Over 2.5: 11/10 Unibet   Under 2.5: 39/50 LeoVegas
Both teams to score Yes: 87/100 ComeOn   No: Evens ComeOn!
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