The Manchester derby is the big Premier League game of the weekend and, with Chelsea entertaining QPR at the Bridge on Saturday, champions City cannot afford to lose further ground on the title favourites at the Etihad 24 hours later.
City have won five of the last six Manchester derbies and do appear to have the Indian sign over their rivals at present but Wayne Rooney is expected to shrug off a recent injury scare and return from suspension for the visitors.
The England skipper has scored four times in his last five games at the Etihad and is the top scorer in all matches between the sides with 11.
Rooney is 8/1 at BetVictor to score the opening goal and 11/5 to find the back of the net at any time.
Despite a last minute equaliser against Chelsea last weekend United have made their worst ever start to a Premier League season with one point fewer than David Moyes had achieved at the corresponding time last year.
United are 18/5 at BetVictor for the win and 29/10 for the draw.
United remain 8/13 to qualify for the Champions League next season and 5/4 NOT to finish in the top four.
Devoid of any European, or Capital One Cup, involvement it would be a desperately poor season for the Old Trafford club if they weren’t able to take advantage of this fact, especially when you take into account their huge spending spree during the summer.
The next PL Manager to lose/leave his post is a fascinating market with Harry Redknapp out to 2/1 after their 2-0 defeat of Villa earlier in the week, as the money has come for Paul Lambert from 8s into 9/2.
Villa have only scored four times all season and face Spurs, West Ham and Southampton in their next three games. They need at least one win from those difficult looking fixtures or Lambert’s reign at Villa Park could be at an end.
There is a wonderful jumps card from Wetherby on Saturday and I expect to see a different Taquin Du Seuil in the feature Charlie Hall Chase from the one who disappointed at Newton Abbot on his reappearance.
The selection receives 5lbs from favourite Silviniaco Conti and is stepping up to 3m for the first time.
Jonjo O’Neill has always suggested he would improve for the step up in trip and at 5/1 with BetVictor, he looks a cracking each way bet.
Michael Owen’s stable star Brown Panther runs in the Breeders’ Cup Turf on Saturday evening and the 6-year-old will be ponied to the start given he blotted his copybook last time in Canada when the preliminaries got the better of him and he bolted before the start.
Speaking to Michael earlier in the week, he is our Brand Ambassador, he said they were initially worried as a 6-year-old he wouldn’t take to a pony but he has been fine in the build up to the race in California.
The vote goes to French challenger Flintshire (11/4 with BetVictor) runner up in the Arc at Longchamp last time and he will love the forecast firm ground.
Telescope has the considerable assistance of Ryan Moore and he is taken to follow the selection home for a European 1-2.
The Europeans can also land the Mile given they have a very strong hand; Toronado (11.40) wisely bypassed Champions Day to wait for his ground and that patience can be rewarded for Richard Hannon.
He is a 2/1 shot at BetVictor and that looks a fair price from a decent draw in stall five.
You will always need luck in running around the tight oval turns of Santa Anita but the Queen Anne winner sets a very high standard and will be fresher than most having only had the three starts so far this term.
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