The Manchester Derby: A Damp Squib?

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The Manchester Derby: A Damp Squib?

James Capps

We breathe a collective sigh of relief this weekend, as the Premier League and Championship return to haunt our accumulators.

If you were following my tips over the international break, you’ve probably been able to take your better half out for a nice meal or two to fill the void left by the lack of top-level club football. If your sudden showing of spontaneity is making her suspicious, just say “do I need a reason to treat the love of my life?”

It’s a reliable excuse. But I’m talking “Alberto Moreno reliable” as opposed to the type of reliability that’s of any use to you.

Now, it would be daft to not take a look at the Manchester derby for some divine tipping inspiration; and with Man City striker Sergio Aguero missing the game through suspension, it gives United a huge boost in both confidence and value.

This clash led to Sergio Aguero’s suspension. Could it also lead to three points for United?

It’s a tempting 13/10 with Boyle Sports for a United home win (odds which you won’t see very often this season), but my gut fancies the draw at 9/4. Much-like the World Cup qualifiers, it’s early in the season, cagey games between the top sides are commonplace as neither club wants to lose ground on each other. If you offered them both the draw before kick off, they’d both take it, and so would I.

Elsewhere in the Premier League you have a BTS (that’s “both teams to score” if you’re not down with the kids) banker at Anfield between Liverpool and champions Leicester. You can get that at 8/11 with Ladbrokes. Burnley boast a new-look midfield, and their home-record in 2016 is pretty impeccable, so have a think about backing them at 29/20 to beat fellow promotion side Hull City.

In the Championship, the televised evening game is at the iPro stadium between Derby and Newcastle. Derby have been stuttering so far, while Newcastle are just starting to find their rhythm. Back the Geordies at 5/6 in the draw-no-bet market. In other words, if the game ends in a draw, you get your stake back. Lovely stuff.

Matej Vydra (pictured) has signed for the Rams for a club-record fee, but back Newcastle to get a result.

We have to drop down to League Two for my tip of the day, and to be more precise, Kenilworth Road.

And to be even more precise, Luton Town’s ground. Glad we cleared that up.

The fourth tier table-toppers are unbeaten at home this season, and face a Grimsby side that have lost two and drawn one of their three away games, conceding seven goals in the process. Odds of 20/21 are as close to even money as they are to you working at the Royal Mint.

Translation: it’s printing money. Get on it.

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Luton Town at (pretty much) even money to beat Grimsby Town in League Two. My last three tips of the day have come in, so don’t be left behind this time.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Luton, Arsenal, Wolves and Sheffield United returns £137 with BoyleSports. Back it by heading here.