Goalless draw looks the best bet at Old Trafford

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Manchester City have made a habit of keeping clean sheets in games against their fellow title rivals this year and this makes 8/1 a great price in the Premier League betting that their trip to Old Trafford ends in a goalless draw.

Roberto Mancini has already proved adept at setting up his side to keep things tight in tough away games this season, with goalless draws already secured at Tottenham and Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Manchester City have also secured one 0-0 draw with Manchester United this season, which has already been regarded by some as the most drab game of the Premier League campaign to date.

Goalless draws have not been particularly common between the Manchester neighbours in history, although both meetings in the 1948/49 season failed to see a goal scored.

However, Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is in no doubt that his club have the necessary credentials to beat Manchester United and close the gap on their neighbours at the top of the Premier League standings.

A win would take the Eastlands outfit to within two points of the top of the league and they are 7/2 to inflict a first home defeat on Manchester United this season.

Zabaleta told the club’s official website: “I believe 100 per cent that we can win the game, because we show our character when we are in games that we really need to win.”

Manchester City do have some injury concerns ahead of their trip to Old Trafford, with Mario Balotelli almost certain to miss out with a knee problem and Nigel De Jong reportedly struggling with an ankle injury.

Manchester United’s betting odds are 4/5 to beat Manchester City, with the draw priced at 5/2.

A £25 stake on Manchester City drawing 0-0 with Manchester United would return £200. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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