Manchester United v Manchester City tips – expect a tight clash at Old Trafford

Expect a tight clash at Old Trafford

FC Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola, right, shakes hands with Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho, from Portugal, during their quarterfinal second leg Copa del Rey soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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Betting Tip: Under 2.5 Goals @ 4/5 with ladbrokes

So far, so good for the two Manchester clubs who racked up three wins before the international break. City claimed victories against Sunderland, Stoke and West Ham, with Pep Guardiola’s side scoring nine goals in the process.

However, Sergio Aguero looks set to miss this all-important match due to a flying elbow into the head of Winston Reid during a 3-1 win against the Hammers, with the FA likely to hand the Argentine a three-match ban.

It’s a big miss for the visitors when they make the short trip to Old Trafford, with Guardiola pitting his wits against arch-enemy Jose Mourinho who clashed several times with the former when the two were managers at Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Mourinho will view this game as an opportunity to steal a march on his old adversary, although the emphasis has been very much on keeping a tight defence for the Red Devils, with just one goal conceded in three games so far.

Eric Bailly and Daley Blind have struck up an unlikely central defensive partnership, with Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia rampaging up the flanks and David de Gea the safest possible pair of hands.

This will be a game where Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini will be getting their hands dirty, with the Belgian doing the dirty work while Pogba looks to operate box to box.

City have a plethora of attacking options even if Aguero is missing, with Kelechi Iheanacho likely to step up to the first team, while Raheem Sterling is enjoying himself under Guardiola.

Sterling scored twice against West Ham and looks rejuvenated, with Nolito, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva adding plenty of menace in midfield.

Guardiola doesn’t want his side to be outmuscled in this clash, with Fernando potentially coming in to add steel alongside Fernandinho. Indeed, the number of goals could be pretty scant as a result.

Mourinho is likely to persist with Rooney and Ibrahimovic in the attacking positions, although Marcus Rashford will be itching to get on the pitch and the youngster regularly seems to deliver.

Betting Tip: Under 2.5 Goals @ 4/5 with ladbrokes

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