City will go into boss Manuel Pellegrini’s first Manchester derby clash with two wins, one defeat and a draw in the Premier League so far, with the Citizens currently sitting in fourth place in the division.
An impressive 4-0 opening weekend victory over Newcastle was followed by a shocking 3-2 defeat at Cardiff, while City then got back to winning ways with a 2-0 home triumph against Hull. However, in their last league fixture, they dropped two points at Stoke in a 0-0 draw.
Pellegrini will be happy to lock horns with David Moyes for the first time on home soil then, given City’s two matches at the Etihad have yielded comprehensive wins with clean sheets. The hosts unsurprisingly edge United in the EPL betting odds.
Midfielder Yaya Toure and summer signing Alvaro Negredo have both scored twice in the league so far this term, and the pair are worth keeping an eye on in the live betting markets should they start against the Red Devils.
United’s first derby since Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson as Old Trafford boss will take place at their cross-town rivals, with the former Everton manager looking for some consistency from his inherited side.
The Champions showed their ruthless streak by thumping Swansea 4-1 on the opening day of the season, but suffered a goalless draw at home to Chelsea and a defeat at Liverpool before taking all three points from Crystal Palace last weekend.
Moyes will wonder why the goals dried up against the Blues and the Reds, and will hope Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie can combine to good effect in the live goalscoring markets against the Citizens.
Rooney has scored the joint-most goals in derby history (10), while Ryan Giggs has the most appearances with 37. Their experience could prove invaluable as Moyes looks to defy the EPL betting odds and lead United to victory.
Last season’s two derby clashes saw United win at City before the Citizens beat the Red Devils at Old Trafford. A draw appears an unlikely result in the live betting given their last 20 meetings in all competitions have produced just one stalemate.
Goals can be expected in the EPL betting odds, with 16 scored during the last four Premier League Manchester derbies.
United enjoyed a comfortable 4-2 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, but City also warmed up for the derby well with a 3-0 away victory over Viktoria Plzen.
City will definitely be without defenders Martin Demichelis and Micah Richards against United, while left-back Gael Clichy and midfielder David Silva are also injury doubts.
Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones could miss out for United with knee and ankle knocks, Rafael has a hamstring injury, and Darren Fletcher is still working his way back to full fitness.
Howard Webb has been named as the referee for Sunday’s match.