The footballing world is set to witness two colossal clashes that promise to captivate fans globally. In England, the fiery Manchester derby takes center stage as Manchester City locks horns with arch-rivals Manchester United, a contest not just of skill but of pride and passion. Both teams, with their own set of challenges, are eager to make a mark.
Meanwhile, in Italy, Serie A giants AC Milan and Napoli prepare to battle it out in a face-off that carries its own weight of history and rivalry. Milan’s resilience on the road is tested against Napoli’s desire to fortify their home turf. These encounters, steeped in rich footballing history, promise drama, intensity, and moments that will be etched in the annals of the sport.
Both matches are top clashes featuring stars from all over the world. However, as bettors, what matters most is what are the most likely outcome for these games. Also, Not just on these two games, TopbetsSA picks the top five betting fixtures you can place your money on, plus extra tips for our readers.
Man Utd vs Man City
Manchester United have managed recent wins against Sheffield United, Copenhagen, and a close game with Brentford. However, these wins haven’t alleviated the pressure on manager Erik Ten Hag, especially with an upcoming derby against Manchester City.
While the media heavily scrutinizes United, Manchester City seems to be under the radar despite their strong performances. They faced a loss against Arsenal but have since come back strong with wins over Leipzig, Brighton, and Young Boys. Notably, while teams like Tottenham, Arsenal, and Liverpool have had good starts, City’s consistent excellence often goes unnoticed unless they underperform. Similarly, star player Erling Haaland’s minor dip in form is in the spotlight, even though he’s continued to score regularly.
Historically, City tends to hit their stride during the New Year. In the upcoming derby, with both teams’ current form, Manchester City appears to be the favorite. Although City’s defense hasn’t been watertight, Manchester United’s offense poses a threat. Recent meetings between the two teams have been high-scoring affairs, with City having a better goal difference.
Despite Manchester United’s ability to score, they haven’t fared well against top-tier teams this season. City, on the other hand, has lost only two league games. The prediction suggests a City win with both teams scoring.
City approaches this match having not kept a clean sheet in their last six outings. However, with Rodri back in the lineup, their fortunes have improved, securing three consecutive wins. Nonetheless, they’ve let in goals in each of those victories. On the other hand, while United has found the net in their last four matches, they’ve struggled against top-tier teams, losing to every Premier League side they’ve faced who entered the weekend ranked 11th or above.
Tip: Man City to Win or Both Teams to Score ✅
Napoli vs. AC Milan
AC Milan faces Napoli after consecutive losses to Juventus and PSG, making their upcoming match vital for a turnaround. Conversely, Napoli, the defending champions, recently secured two victories after an inconsistent performance. Despite the recent setbacks, Milan holds a commendable record against Napoli, winning two out of three encounters in 2023, including a dominant 4-0 league win. Milan also boasts an impressive away record, not losing in their last five league away matches. On the other hand, Napoli has faced home defeats to Fiorentina and Lazio this season. Given Milan’s quality and their recent head-to-head advantage, they seem poised to challenge a sometimes shaky Napoli side.
Milan boasts a perfect away record in Serie A this season and has dominated their encounters with Napoli in 2023, winning two and drawing one due to a last-minute equaliser. With Napoli struggling at home recently, losing three of their last four, Milan seems well-positioned to secure a win.
Tip: AC Milan to win or Over 2.5 Goals ✅
Below are our top five betting fixtures for Sunday;
5️⃣ Top five selections – Over 2.5
- Holstein Kiel vs. FC Nurnberg ❌
- Oliveirense v Uniao de Leiria ✅
- Apolonia Fier v Bylis ❌
- AF Elbasani v Tomori Berat ✅
- A. Lustenau v Hartberg ✅
Five Picks – BTTS
- PSV Eindhoven v Ajax Amsterdam ✅
- Gimnasia v River Plate ✅
- Rapid Wien v LASK Linz ✅
- Apolonia Fier v Bylis❌
- Cambuur v FC Groningen✅
Five – Wins (Winning team in Bold)
- Aston Villa vs. Luton Town ✅
- West Ham Utd v Everton❌
- Brest v Paris SG ✅
- Leverkusen v Freiburg ✅
- Atletico Madrid v Alaves ✅
You can also check out our Rugby predictions.
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