Manchester City vs Manchester United Free Picks

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

By Jonathan Willis
Manchester City vs Manchester United FREE PICKS

This week’s Manchester Derby is the Premier League Game of the Week. Manchester City has owned this rivalry lately, as the Red Devils have won just four of the last 16 league meetings between these two teams. However, City are at their weakest point in three years, clinging to third place in the Premier League table ahead of this match. The Citizens’ hopes of a threepeat are off in the distance after a 10-2-3 record to start this campaign, and they are 11 points behind league leaders Liverpool.

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Manchester United are simply hoping to make it back to the Champions League. United are in sixth place in the standings, and the Red Devils are eight points behind Chelsea at this point. They are 5-6-4 on the year, and that start has some calling for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked. The board has been patient with Solskjaer though, understanding that much still needs to be done.

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  • Manchester City vs Manchester United
  • Date and Time: December 7, 2019, 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
  • US Television Coverage: NBC
  • Betting Line: Manchester City -1.5, O/U 3 and 3.5

Recent Form

The Citizens are continuing to score at a prodigious rate, but they have been relatively lackluster compared to what we saw the last two seasons. They have drawn with Atalanta and Shakhtar Donetsk in their last two Champions League matches, and City continue to drop points against subpar teams domestically. Their first loss of the season came against Norwich City, and the Citizens drew on the road against Newcastle United last weekend.

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City were able to pick up a win on the road against Burnley in midweek action. Gabriel Jesus notched a brace, and Rodri and Riyad Mahrez added goals to give the Citizens a 4-1 victory.

Manchester United have had some problems in the back line the last few weeks. The Red Devils have allowed eight goals over the last four games, and that has led to just one win in all competitions. That victory was an important one though as United bested former manager Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. Marcus Rashford netted a brace in a 2-1 win to keep United within relative striking distance.

Notable Absences

Sergio Aguero will miss this Premier League match due to a thigh issue, leaving Pep Guardiola without his top goal scorer. City have already been without Ayemeric Laporte and Leroy Sane for nearly the entire campaign, but both players are expected to be available again soon. Oleksandr Zinchenko is unlikely to play too because of a knee injury.

Eric Bertrand Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Diogo Dalot, Marcos Rojo, and Anthony Martial have all been declared out for United, but all five players will return to the lineup in short order. Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba are both considered doubtful as well.

Manchester United Player to Watch

Rashford has been phenomenal this season. The English international is just 22 years old, but he is playing with poise beyond his years. He leads the Red Devils with nine goals this season, and he is the most likely goal scorer for the visitors with Pogba at less than 100 percent.

Manchester City Player to Watch

Kevin De Bruyne remains one of the most important players in the Premier League. He is the best set up man in the EPL, and his nine assists are the most in England. Even without Aguero, he will have City’s attack humming on Saturday.

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The Citizens are going to carve up a back line that has struggled, so expect a relatively lopsided derby.

English Premier League Prediction: Manchester City 4, Manchester United 1

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