Tonight’s Premier League clash between Man City and Manchester Utd (8pm kick-off) is going to be the biggest betting game of the season. Its importance to both teams can not be underplayed and there are some angles to consider when looking for betting tips.
The two managers are taking wildly different public views on this. Alex Ferguson will tell anyone who cares to listen, and that is most of the world, that this is the most important game of his managerial career. It is the game that will make or break Manchester United’s Title hopes. Meanwhile dashing Roberto Mancini says the title race is over and he has lost. In reality both managers know the truth lies somewhere in between their two tabloid and polarised views. If only they told the truth once in a while.
This game is crucial though, because if Manchester City lose then their current 7/4 odds about winning the Premier League will vanish and be replaced by a huge number. It will be ‘name your price’. They really will have blown it. A Manchester Utd victory sees the Reds take an unassailable position, six points clear at the top. They are already best odds of 1/2 to take the trophy as it is. A draw would suit United better than City, who need to win.
A glance at the Premiership table shows they have both played the same number of games and it is Ferguson’s in-form team that have a one victory (or three points) lead. This is Manchester City’s chance to draw level. If they do not take it then nobody will smile wryly when Mancini claims Title defeat belongs to him. This time it really will be true.
The betting odds on the result of this specific match favour City as the favourites. These are the odds with Bet365: 11/10 City, 12/5 Draw, 5/2 United. For a full comparison of prices from the top bookies see here: Premier League Odds.
So when it comes to choosing betting tips, things are tough. Maybe the value is with Manchester Utd, the outsider of three. However City are a short price because of their crucial home advantage. Who can forget the humiliation they inflicted on United earlier this season? A lot has changed since then. Often these big occasions fail to live up to expectations, and that is where the draw can get involved.
We hate going with favourites, but that home berth and the fact United have looked a touch fragile on occasions recently has us siding with the light blues. The shrewd tip has to be a home win.