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Manchester City vs. Manchester United: Derby Odds, Live Stream and TV Schedule

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2019

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester City at Turf Moor on December 3, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)
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Manchester City's flickering hopes of retaining the Premier League title could be extinguished altogether if the defending champions lose the derby to Manchester United on Saturday.

City enter this instalment of their local rivalry 11 points behind leaders Liverpool. The Reds could be 14 in front by the time the Manchester derby begins, provided they beat Bournemouth earlier in the day.

United will arrive at the Etihad Stadium buoyed by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Wednesday. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are still eight points adrift of a place in the top four and qualification for next season's UEFA Champions League.

Marcus Rashford is a forward in the kind of prolific form to trouble City's weakened defence. The Citizens will likely try to keep the ball away from Rashford thanks to their ingenuity in midfield, where Kevin De Bruyne is effortlessly pulling the strings.

      

Date: Saturday, December 7

Time: 5:30 p.m. GMT/12:30 p.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports PL/NBCSN

Live Stream: Sky Go, NBC Sports App

      

Odds

  • City: -325 (bet $325 to win $100)
  • United: +850 (bet $100 to win $850)
  • Draw: +450 (bet $100 to win $450)

Odds per Caesars.

       

De Bruyne was superb during a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United, and Tuesday's 4-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor. The Belgian has been unerring when picking his passes and is rarely wasting a chance to shoot from distance.

Goal @goal

A Kevin De Bruyne special 🤤 No goalkeeper in the world is saving that 🚀 https://t.co/siWhyA1rXt

De Bruyne's efforts have been aided by Bernardo Silva and David Silva. The latter has assists in his last two matches, and the 33-year-old's influence is anything but on the wane during his final campaign with the Citizens.

Silva and De Bruyne were given the room to play by a complete performance from midfield anchorman Rodri:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Rodri's game by numbers vs. Burnley: 119 touches 100% shot conversion 100% cross completion 102 passes attempted 93 passes completed 12 recoveries 4 aerials won 3 tackles 3 clearances 1 shot 1 thunderous strike A complete performance. 🔵 https://t.co/SlNukEuZ8p

He's sometimes struggled since arriving from Atletico Madrid in the summer, but Rodri has been slowly finding his feet in England's top flight recently. His command of possession helped City create numerous chances for Gabriel Jesus against the Clarets.

The Brazilian responded with two goals and proved he can carry the attacking load in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero.

Jonathan Northcroft @JNorthcroft

Two performances of serious class from Rodri and Gabriel Jesus. Aged 23 and 22, and neither one of them a big star or glamour name when City signed them. Everyone talks about their money and where it comes from but how they spend it is often brilliant.

Aguero's thigh problem will keep him out of the derby, but with Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez available, City will be confident there are still enough goals in the team to win.

Goals haven't been a problem for Rashford lately, after the 22-year-old bagged a brace to beat Spurs. He's been excelling on the left side of a United front three, stretching defences beyond breaking point with pace and perceptive movement.

Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto

⚽️Most Goals + Assists in @premierleague this season🅰️ 1⃣7⃣ Jamie Vardy 1⃣4⃣ Tammy Abraham 1⃣3⃣ MARCUS RASHFORD 1⃣3⃣ Kevin De Bruyne https://t.co/d8LkZiAZWI

Rashford will fancy his chances of keeping his run going against a City defence still missing the aggression of injured centre-back Aymeric Laporte. It would help to have Anthony Martial return to the starting lineup following Sunday's 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa, but the Frenchman's status is in doubt after Solskjaer told MUTV (h/t Metro): "Anthony got a slight injury on Sunday. So he will be out for a little while."

The Red Devils can cause City problems, but Solskjaer will be more concerned about how a United defence that's conceded seven times in the last four league matches copes with City's in-form playmakers.