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Bets.com.au Staff 06 Mar 2021
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As things currently stand in the Premier League, the Red Devils would be the outright favorites against any other team. Any team, that is, except their only real competition for the title, Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola has built yet another rock-solid squadron and his team have created a 14-point gulf between them and the team in second place.

Since this challenger is the one and only Manchester United, this game could seal the fate of the entire championship. In recent games against more or less equal teams, United have looked sluggish and have worked primarily to shut down any runs by their opponents.

Admittedly, this tactic hasn't done United's much-lauded forwards any favors in their last two matches, and when facing down a managerial masterpiece like Guardiola's team, pretty much any formation looks flimsy; any squad that can afford to leave Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling off the pitch can certainly cause some upsets on it. For this reason, we suggest taking a punt on a Handicap 1 (-1.5) bet at odds of $2.51.

Man City Form


City are in impervious form and on track to break the European record for successive wins. Unbeaten in 28 and with 21 straight victories in all competitions, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t continue.

Their winning run has included 55 goals scored and just eight conceded, although they have kept only one clean sheet in the last five games.

City's last two games have been at home and both resulted in hard-fought victories. Last Saturday, they beat West Ham 2-1 with defensive duo John Stones and Ruben Dias scoring. 

They followed that with a 4-1 victory over Wolves on Tuesday. City were pegged back after benefitting from an early own goal, but turned on the style in the final 10 minutes as Gabriel Jesus scored a brace and Riyad Mahrez added to the four-goal tally. 

Man City Injuries and Team News 


Nathan Ake remains a long-term injury issue, but the centre-back is closing in on a return.

Riyad Mahrez has been in great form for City at the Etihad, having a direct involvment in 30 goals in his last 38 games. 

Man United Form


Man United seemed to have second place sewn up, but a run of poor results is dragging them into the fight for top 4.

They have drawn the last three games 0-0, which is the first time in six years they have done so. The draws at home to Real Sociedad and away to Chelsea and Crystal Palace have made for miserable viewing for United supporters.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will be buoyed by a run of four clean sheets in five games and that they are now unbeaten in 21 successive away league games.

United still haven’t recorded a victory against the ‘Big 6’ this season and five of their last six games in those contests have resulted in 0-0 draws.

Man United Injuries and Team News


Midfielders Paul Pogba and Juan Mata and centre-back Phil Jones are all still be out. 

Anthony Martial could return, although Edison Cavani’s reappearance in the squad may mean he is left on the bench.

David de Gea missed out last time out for personal reasons and Dean Henderson will get a run in goal.
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Verdict

Back City to win by a two or more goals with -1.5 on the handicap paying $2.51.
Best Bet: Man City -1.5 Handicap @151.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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