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 United fancied to blow the title race wide open

It may only be December but this Sunday's massive Manchester derby at Old Trafford could go a long way to determining the destination of this season's Premier League title.

City hold an eight point advantage over United heading into the game, and a victory for the away side would give them an unassailable looking lead in the title race.

United are priced at 12/5 to win the match, with City on offer at 11/10. The draw is available at 13/5.

Joe Mourinho's side are 10/1 to win the title, but keep an eye on the latest Betfair promo code 2018 offers as the season progresses to secure the very best value.

The Red Devils were ruthless against Arsenal last weekend, punishing the hosts for some sloppy defensive play.

Paul Pogba's absence through suspension is a major blow, although Mourinho does have other options at his disposal.

United played a 3-5-2 formation at the Emirates Stadium, but he will probably revert to the 4-2-3-1 system he deployed extensively earlier in the season.

Goals have been in short supply in this fixture in recent times, with the last five meetings producing just five goals.

United have lost just one of their last six games against their big rivals, but the visitors have looked hugely impressive for much of this season.

While both sides have been prolific in front of goal this term, their defensive records suggest Sunday's game could be a tight one.

United (9) and City (10) boast the best two defences in the Premier League, so the 10/1 on offer for a 0-0 scoreline could be worth an interest.

The home side would be probably be happy with a 1-0 victory and odds of 11/1 will attract punters who fancy Mourinho to park the bus.

City haven't been quite hit their early-season form in recent weeks, with their last three league games all ending in 2-1 victories. Bookmakers are offering odds of 8/1 for City to make it four in a row on Sunday.

Guardiola's favoured system this season has been 4-1-4-1, with Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus the lone striker backed up by four forwards deployed in behind.

Raheem Sterling has been particularly impressive this term, weighing in with 13 goals, and he looks tempting at 5/2 to get on the scoresheet this weekend.

A draw would definitely suit City, but this is a game United must win if they are to mount a serious title challenge this season.

United to win is 7/5 in the Draw No Bet market and that looks a solid wager.

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