We’re now just two days away from the biggest match of the season to date, as Jose Mourinho welcomes Pep Guardiola to Old Trafford for the pair’s first ever Manchester derby. And though they’ve met on 16 previous occasions, none of those have been in the Premier League.
Manchester City will be without star striker Sergio Aguero, who has been slapped with a three game ban, while Mourinho has all of his key men available for selection.
So in the build-up to the hotly anticipated fixture, Ladbrokes News have compiled a list of all the stats that are worth knowing before placing your bets.
United v City H2H (last five seasons)
Of their last ten meetings in the Premier League, it is the blue side of Manchester who have had more to cheer about, winning on six occasions, while United have only managed three victories, two of which have been away from home.
There’s only been one 0-0 draw in the last five years, and that came last campaign. It’s 8/1 for a repeat of that scoreline – but it’s not one that we can see happening this time out!
Jose v Pep
Of their previous 16 meetings, there have been only three wins for the Portuguese manager, while Pep has seven victories to his name, including a 5-0 hammering in Mourinho’s first El Clasico.
A draw isn’t an uncommon result, with the pair notching up six since their first clash, and we’re offering odds of 21/10 for it to end level but the deadlock has failed to be broken only once in matches between Pep and Jose.
Pep v Manchester United
Guardiola has never lost against the Red Devils in four meetings, including two Champions League final victories with Barcelona and a 3-1 win with Bayern Munich back in 2014.
The only other fixture Pep has had with United finished 1-1, again in 2014 with Bayern, where David Moyes’ side held on for a draw despite having just 26 per cent possession of the ball.
If you fancy City’s chances in this one but think there’s a chance they won’t win, take advantage of the 5/4 on Draw No Bet for Man City.
Jose v Manchester City
Mourinho has faced Manchester City on 14 competitive occasions in his managerial career, winning seven, drawing four and losing three.
Interestingly, both teams have scored in only five of those 14 fixtures, while there’s only been one 0-0 between the sides, back in 2005.
It’s 8/11 for both Machester clubs to find the net on Saturday afternoon.
Will Aguero be missed?
Guardiola will be without his star striker for this one, but how will that affect his chances of winning?
Of the last 10 league games between the two sides, the Argentine has found the net seven times, but in the two fixtures where Aguero hasn’t featured for City, his teammates have taken four points, scored three and conceded none.
One man who could fill the gap is Kelechi Iheanacho, and it’s 6/1 for the Nigerian striker to score the first goal.
Ibrahimovic v Pep
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has only met his former manager on three occasions in the past, each for AC Milan. In those three games, the big Swede managed to find the net only once, but he’s never been on the winning side against the Spanish boss.
That could all change on Saturday though, and it’s 5/2 for Ibrahimovic to score and Man United to win.
There have been 46 goals scored in the 16 meetings between Pep and Jose to date, 28 of which have gone in favour of the Spaniard’s sides, while 18 have been scored by Mourinho’s men.
In the same amount of games, the Manchester derby has seen 47 goals in total, with City grabbing 27 to United’s 19.
It’s 13/2 for over 4.5 goals on Saturday, and that’s certainly a tempting price given that history books.
Clattenburg will be busy
The last ten league games between these two sides have brought with them a staggering 49 yellow cards and two reds. That’s almost five bookings per game!
It’s 12/5 for referee Mark Clattenburg to send off any player on Saturday afternoon.
Maximum points not a good omen
A win for either side on Saturday would see them pick up maximum points from their first four games. That’s something City did last season, yet they could only manage a fourth-place finish come May.
The last time United did this was back in 2011-12, when they were pipped to the title by their noisy neighbours in the final minutes of the campaign.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.