It came as a bit of a shock when I checked the fixtures to see that the big two are both playing on, believe it or not, a Saturday

It’s a throwback to bygone times, except United at Southampton is the early kick-off today with City hosting Brighton at the traditional 3pm.

Bar that fluke result for Tottenham against City, when the Premier League champions dominated proceedings but failed to pick up all three points, the season is going pretty much as I expected.

Liverpool are charging on trying to make up for last season, while my beloved United are huffing and puffing, performing like a team in transition with an urgent need for midfield guile.

Having said that, I’m expecting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s new-look Reds to win at Southampton.

And here’s a good bet for you – Marcus Rashford to bag the only goal in a 1-0 away win at a tempting 28/1 with us.

It’s very possible that Mason Greenwood could get a start, with Anthony Martial out injured, and from what I’ve seen of this young fella he’s a smashing prospect.

He’s 5/1 at Betfred to score first and set up what I’m convinced will be a victory to kick-on from our stuttering start to the season.

City will have no trouble whatsoever against Brighton, who have made a solid enough start to the campaign under down-to-earth new boss Graham Potter.

I’m reckoning the goals will flow at the Etihad this afternoon… and we’re 8/1 that it’s City 5-0 Brighton.

For the last 11 years, City have been battling to reach the Champions League final under their mega-rich Abu Dhabi ownership.

European glory is the holy grail for the owners, even though I suspect the fans much prefer the club’s dominance on the domestic front.

The Champions League draw has been very kind indeed for Pep Guardiola, being put up against Shakhtar Donetsk yet again, Atalanta from Italy and Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb in Group C.

With luck like that this could well be City’s year – and I hope so because the club that has invested so much into our city deserves it.

They’re going about picking up silverware by playing attractive football and the big mystery for me is how Guardiola keeps all those superstars happy, even if they don’t make the starting line-up.

City are as short as 1/7 to win their group and 10/3 favourites to be outright winners, ahead of Barcelona at 5/1, champions Liverpool at 6/1 and European giants Real Madrid at 9/1.

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