Late goals have becoming largely commonplace in the most recent derbies between Manchester City and Manchester United and so it pay to back more goals to be scored after half-time than in the opening period in the upcoming FA Cup meeting.
The tie between the top two in the Premier League standings is by far and away the biggest of the third round and the winner will almost certainly find themselves favourites to win this season’s competition.
With home advantage and a 6-1 demolition of their neighbours already under their belts earlier in the campaign, it is no surprise that Manchester City are the favourites at 6/5 to win without the need for a replay.
Manchester United’s odds are 12/5 to triumph, while the draw that would see the duo head to Old Trafford to seal qualification for the fourth round can be backed at 11/5.
However, rather than backing the winner at Eastlands, punters may be better focusing on which of the two halves will see the most goals scored.
In the last nine meetings between the pair, seven goals have been scored in the 90th minute or later, meaning that it may not be wise for supporters to leave before the final whistle.
Seven of these nine meetings have also witnessed more goals in general in the second period than the first, with one of the two exceptions being a goalless draw.
Therefore, with this derby being the next to potentially take a while to warm up, 1/1 looks smashing value that it is the second half that sees the most goals again.
Furthermore, the duo are the best in the Premier League for keeping things tight in the first 45 minutes, conceding just four goals each, alongside being most productive with their scoring after the interval.
Manchester United have netted 26 of their 49 league goals after the break, while Manchester City have scored a staggering 38 of their 56 goals in the second period.