Jose And Pep To See Red As Punters Lump On Biggest Game Of The Season
This Saturday sees the renewing of old rivalries as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola draw up battle lines in Manchester. The two managers are 5/1 to refuse to shake hands at the end of the match while they are 25/1 (Mourinho) and 33/1 (Guardiola) to be sent to the stands during the match.
Manchester United (who are 11/8 to win the match) have been far and away the best backed side ahead of the match with 60% of all wagers on the Red Devils while their striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has attracted almost 50% of all bets to be the first goalscorer at 11/2. It is 2/1 that a red card is shown in the match.
The match is expected to generate up to £10m worth of turnover for the bookmaking industry and is set to top the table as the biggest betting game of the season so far. Once the Glasgow derby is factored into the equation, up to £17m could be wagered on just those two matches.
“Given the amounts of money that both sides have spent and the managers who are sat in the dugout, this Saturday’s game was always going to be a big one and the levels of turnover we are expecting are the kinds usually reserved for a Champions League Final,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
6/5 Manchester United; 23/10 Manchester City; 23/10 draw
Jose Mourinho to be sent to the stands vs Manchester City: 25/1
Pep Guardiola to be sent to the stands vs Manchester United: 33/1
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to fail to shake hands at the end of the match: 5/1