Manchester United and Manchester City go head-to-head for the first time of the season on Saturday, as both teams head into the game with a 100% winning record in the league so far. It is, without doubt, the most eagerly anticipated game of the season so far, but who wins bragging rights?
What a great match we have in prospect. Jose Mourinho and Josep Guardiola will be renewing a rivalry that burst into flames out in Spain when they were Real Madrid and FC Barcelona managers respectively.
The touchline battle out in the sun was won by Guardiola, but Jose Mourinho has the edge in England due to his extensive knowledge of the Premier League. Hopefully, for us reds, this proves to be true come 14:00 BST on Saturday with a derby day victory under our belts.
United have the edge in terms of betting, too. They come in at a price of 13/10, which was probably helped when Sergio Aguero decided to elbow Winston Reid in the face. The draw and a City win are both priced at 23/20.
If you fancy a comfortable home victory to nil, then the 2-0 scoreline brings in an attractive price of 19/2, whereas a 3-0 scoreline comes in at 19/1.
A more safe bet is perhaps a Manchester United victory with both teams to score. Once again, this brings in excellent odds of 7/2, and with both teams scoring quite freely at the early stage of the season, we could be in for a high-goal thriller at the Theatre of Dreams.
First goalscorer is another popular market, and unlike last season, it feels like we have a real goal threat this time around in Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The influential Swede is 4/1 favourite to find the back of the net first, although Paul Pogba netting his first United goal at 35/4 is extremely tempting.
The game as a whole is such an attractive prospect to watch. Manchester United haven’t really been tested defensively, whereas the blues haven’t come up against a forceful attack. Come 12:30 on Saturday the nerves will well and truly be jingling, but this is why we all love football so much.
Hopefully, we’ll all be celebrating with joy on Saturday afternoon. As we mentioned, I think United will have just enough to get all three points and really throw a marker down on the rest of the Premier League.