The 179th Manchester Derby is scheduled for Saturday as Manchester United travel the four miles from Old Trafford to Etihad Stadium to take on the defending Premier League champion Manchester City.
Manchester City enter matchday 16 in third place in the Premier League and trail first place Liverpool by 11 points and second place Leicester City by three points. Looking behind City, they have a three point cushion over fourth place Chelsea and a nine point cushion over fifth place Wolves.
Manchester United enter Saturday one spot out of European competition, in sixth place, but trail fifth place Wolves, who currently hold the Europa League spot, by just two points. Just three points separates sixth place United and 11th place Burnley.
Below is my pick for the English Premier League action between Manchester City vs Manchester United. All odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Manchester City (-320) vs Manchester United (+850) – Draw (+470)
Manchester City enter play as the fourth best team in the Premier League, over their last five games, with a 3-1-1 record and a +3 goal differential. City has lost five points in the title race over this five game stretch as first place Liverpool is still undefeated in the Premier League. Over their last 10 games, City are the third best team in the Premier League having accumulated 22 points and a +16 goal differential. At home this season, Manchester City are 5-1-1 with a +15 goal differential. City have not lost at home since a 2-0 loss to Wolves in early October.
Manchester United enter Saturday as the sixth best team in the Premier League, over their last five games, with a 2-2-1 record and a +2 goal differential. Over their last 10 games, United are just the eight best team going 3-4-3 with a +1 goal differential. The middle of the Premier League table is so tight, and bad, that United are still in European competition contention. United are one of the worst road teams in the Premier League going 1-3-3, so far in 2019, with a -2 goal differential. Manchester United has not won a Premier League road game wince October 30th.
Series History: These two clubs have met 178 times, in all competitions, and it is Manchester United who leads the all-time series 73-52-53 and hold a +12 goal differential. City won both meetings last year by a combined score of 5-1.
Game Prediction: Manchester remain blue on Saturday. Back Manchester City -320 on Saturday.
YTD Results: 120-118