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Both Man Utd and City to start slowly in Etihad derby clash

| 16.09.2013

David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini might have cursed the fixture list when they saw they were due to square-off early in the season, but both now have the chance to put poor starts to their campaign behind them with a derby win.

The away team has won four of the five Manchester derbies and United are 11/5 to win this time around, with City 6/5 favourites.

Each side sits on seven points after four games, with City ahead on goal difference. However, Moyes will be pleased to have put tricky fixtures against Chelsea and Liverpool behind him without losing ground on their main title challengers.

There has been no shortage of goals in this fixture of late, with 24 in the past six meetings including the infamous 6-1 City win at Old Trafford.

Both City and United scored four goals in their first league match, but since then Moyes’ side in particular have been more circumspect, drawing a blank twice before beating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Old Trafford.

City failed to score in their last outing against Stoke, and although there is likely to be goals in the derby, it might take time for the two sides to find their feet in the match.

United are yet to score before the 30th minute in the league this season, while City have scored six of their eight goals so far in the second half.

In the past eight Manchester derbies six have seen more goals in the second half and backing that to be the case again this campaign at 21/20 is a good option.

Both teams have found the net in five of the last six meetings of the two teams, and even with their new managers on board, the wealth of attacking talent on display should see the trend continue.

Both teams to score can be backed at 13/20.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Alex Fortune