United 11-1 to come from behind yet again

MANCHESTER UNITED once again got out of trouble in their most recent Premier League match at Reading as they again showed tremendous durability to recover losing situations.

The Red Devils have gained 21 points from losing positions in the Premier League – winning seven times from such situations – and it’s 11-1 with Paddy Power that they come from behind to grab maximum points against Manchester City at the Etihad in Sunday’s huge contest.

If you were betting on a man to turn the derby on its head then Robin van Persie is arguably the most likely and the Dutchman will be determined  to make a major impact against the champions, a team he turned down in favour of a move to Old Trafford when leaving Arsenal.

BetVictor make van Persie 7-1 co-favourite alongside Carlos Tevez and Kun Aguero to win Sky’s man-of-the-match award and the current Golden Boot winner is 7-4 with Coral to score while a number of firms quote RVP at 40-1 for a Etihad hat-trick.

Van Persie is 16-5 with bet365 to outscore Aguero, who is the same price in the match bet, while Boylesports make the former Gunner 11-1 to provide the first assist with team-mate Wayne Rooney available at  10-1.

Whoever wins the derby will be feeling in great shape heading into the festive period and  Coral go 7-2 that City win and go on to retain their crown,  while the same firm quote Roberto Mancini’s side at 13-2 to repeat last season’s Premier League double over their neighbours.

Despite trailing United by three points, City remain unbeaten and are 10-1 with bet365 and Coral not to lose this season.

Match in Focus

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Sunderland v Man Utd

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  • Sunderland won just five home games last season
Expert verdict
Sunderland knocked Manchester United out of the League Cup last season and won at Old Trafford in May, but the Red Devils are unlikely to be such a soft touch under Louis van Gaal. Van Gaal will call on his team to bounce back from their defeat to Swansea and United’s attackers can trouble an unconvincing Sunderland back line.

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