40/85 City not scared of Old Trafford – Guardiola

Updated: 01/03/2024

Old Trafford holds no fear for Pep Guardiola or Man City any more while Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out of Wednesday’s derby.

Pep Guardiola says an away trip to Old Trafford is no longer an intimidating prospect for his team as Manchester City – minus Kevin de Bruyne – prepare to face Manchester United (United 6/1, draw 4/1, City 40/85 – Match Betting).

While every Manchester derby is big, this one has added significance as City prepare to play their game in hand over Liverpool with a win taking them one point clear of their title rivals with three games left to play (City 8/13, Liverpool 5/4 – Title Outright).

The Citizens will be confident of getting the victory they need given they have a great recent record at the Theatre of Dreams, winning on five of their last seven visits.

Their streak of success at Old Trafford is in stark contrast to City’s past record, going 34 years without a win before a 2-1 victory in 2008.

Guardiola says United’s home ground has lost its fear factor as far as City are concerned and has no worries about the venue for Wednesday’s derby.

“The reason why is the fact this club in the last decade grew a lot and it is not scary to go there,” Guardiola said.

“Before it was maybe more difficult. The players Manchester City had in the last decade made this game a little bit more equal.”

Rather than worry about playing at Old Trafford, Guardiola has bigger concerns in the form of another injury to de Bruyne.

The Belgian playmaker limped out of Saturday’s win 1-0 over Tottenham and Guardiola is unsure how long he will be without him for, although he has confirmed he will miss Wednesday’s game.

“We will see the next days how he is getting better. But for tomorrow he is not available,” he added.

“Unfortunately he was injured and then another one and another one. He had two or three muscular problems as a consequence of his knee.”

Betfred have a host of specials markets for Wednesday’s huge Manchester derby, including City to win from behind at 13/2.

Odds subject to change.

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