The Manchester Derby kicks off on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium with two teams going in very different directions in the Premier League. Manchester City continue to thrive and picked up another win in midweek by defeating Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1. The victory took Manchester City 14 points above second-placed Manchester United. The Red Devils slipped up yet again in midweek with a nil-nil draw versus Crystal Palace away. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have drawn four of their last five league matches.

The media have talked about Manchester United “crumbling” over the last few weeks in the league and Solskjaer being the problem. However, the team were never good enough to challenge for the title over the long-term. In addition, the team do not have the quality to keep up with Pep Guardiola’s expensively assembled squad.

On Sunday, Manchester United have the opportunity to show they are on the same level as Manchester City. A win would pull them within 11 points of the Cityzens in the standings. It looks like any chance of winning the title has passed the Red Devils by.

This is the third match of the season between Manchester United and Manchester City. Their first league game finished nil-nil with neither side making the breakthrough in a bore draw. Their second match took place as a League Cup semifinal with Manchester City winning 2-0.

Manchester City vs Manchester United Betting Odds

Guardiola’s team are the league’s most in-form side. They took 18 points from 18 possible scoring 17 goals and conceding four times. Manchester City have the Premier League trophy in their hands and will trot to the title in May. The club have four trophies in sight with the league, League Cup, FA Cup, and Champions League trophies up for grabs.

Manchester City are favourite to win the match on Sunday at home versus Manchester United. The Cityzens are at odds of 8/15 to win and move 17 points ahead of Manchester City. The Cityzens have the league’s best home points total with 35 from a possible 42 taken.

Manchester City have conceded a mere nine goals at the Etihad Stadium. Remember back to the team’s September loss to Leicester City. They conceded five times in that game. Outside of playing Leicester City, Manchester City have conceded just four home goals in 13 home matches.

Leading sportsbooks have Manchester United odds of 5/1 to defeat their city rival on Sunday. The Red Devils have taken 10 points from their last 18 possible in the league. They scored 16 goals during that time. Keep in mind, nine of those 16 goals came in a 9-0 win over Southampton.

Manchester City vs Manchester United Team News

Guardiola has been fortunate with injuries over the last month. He has a nearly fully fit squad with the only player out of action being centre-back Nathan Ake. The defender is back in training after struggling to overcome his injury issues. It is hoped that Ake could be back in the squad for Sunday’s game. However, with Manchester City playing so well in defence, it is unlikely that Ake will displace Aymeric Laport, John Stones, or Ruben Dias.

Solskjaer is without midfielder Paul Pogba. The midfielder has missed out due to a thigh injury and isn’t likely to return until the week after Sunday’s derby. Juan Mata and Phil Jones are both ruled out of the match.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer is hopeful that goalkeeper David de Gea will be fully fit for the fixture. He has taken time off for personal reasons. Donny van de Beek is a doubt to play while Anthony Martial could return to the squad following a knee injury.

Manchester United will return to the Europa League competition the following Thursday with a last 16 first leg match against AC Milan. The Red Devils drew a difficult opponent for the last 16. Solskjaer has to keep his team from overlooking Manchester City at the weekend.

Manchester City vs Manchester United Prediction

Both teams to score: NO @ 19/20 - BET NOW

Sunday’s match will be the third meeting between Manchester City and Manchester United this term. The Cityzens claimed a nil-nil draw against Manchester United in the first meeting in the Premier League. Manchester City won the second game 2-0. Sunday’s game is likely to be another low-scoring game as Manchester City’s defence put in another strong performance. Manchester United are coming off of a disappointing nil-nil draw in which they were unable to create chances.

Under 2.5 goals scored @11/10 - BET NOW

The last four games between Manchester City and Manchester United in all competitions ended with under 2.5 goals scored. These sides have played out some low-scoring games in recent time and should do it once more this weekend. Although Manchester City are starting to score more goals than earlier in the campaign, Manchester United’s defence should keep the game low scoring, just as they did the last two matches this season versus their derby rival.

Halftime/Full-time: Draw/Manchester City win @ 10/3 - BET NOW

The last two matches between Manchester City and Manchester United – both played this season in league and cup matches – saw the first half end in nil-nil draws. The League Cup semifinal between the clubs saw a nil-nil draw at halftime and a Manchester City victory at full-time. Sunday’s Manchester Derby could follow a same trajectory with the first half ending in a draw and the full-time result being a Manchester City win.

The Cityzens are on another level compared to the rest of the teams in the league this season. Last season, Liverpool were the club on another level. This time, it is the Cityzens. Manchester United are just seven points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea going into the weekend – although Chelsea play on Thursday night against Liverpool. An argument can be made that Manchester United may struggle to hold onto a top-four place.

Manchester City should get another win against Manchester United in the derby. The Cityzens are playing too well in the league and should claim a second straight win versus Manchester United.

Manchester City vs Manchester United Tips

Here are our Manchester City vs Manchester United tips for Sunday's Manchester Derby at Etihad Stadium.

1. Both teams to score: NO @ 19/20

2. Under 2.5 goals scored @11/10

3. Halftime/Full-time: Draw/Manchester City win @ 10/3