Thu, Dec 7, 5:41pm by Staff Writer
Perhaps the biggest game of the Premier League season has already arrived as first placed Manchester City travels to second-place holder and home-town rival Manchester United.
City has been in phenomenal form this year and were unbeaten in any competition until going down 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League this week.
Pep Guardiola’s side can still rack up a record 14th straight EPL win at Old Trafford, with the Spanish manager pledging his side will emerge stronger from its first loss of the season.
“It hurts. It is never nice to lose a game,” Guardiola said. “But we have said many times we cannot win all the time, we are going to lose games. Today was the first.”
City holds an eight-point lead over United, Jose Mourinho’s team will be buoyed by an impressive 2-1 win over Arsenal this week and the support of a formidable home crowd.
Both sides will be without key midfielders on Sunday David Silva potentially out of the City line-up through injury and United’s Paul Pogba serving a suspension.
City is William Hill’s $2.15 favourite to win the Manchester derby, with a healthy $3.30 for United and $3.40 for a draw.
Should United lose, defending EPL champion Chelsea is poised to claim a share of second spot with a win over West Ham.
West Ham impressed in a 2-1 loss to City last week, while Chelsea was forced to come from behind in a 3-1 win over newly-promoted Newcastle.
The Blues are big favourites to beat their fellow Londoners, paying $1.50 for a win, $7 for a loss and $4 for a draw.
Another local derby is in the offing this weekend, and one which should see Liverpool keep its coveted top-four spot.
The Reds downed Brighton 5-1 last week, while Everton beat Huddersfield 2-0, but history is definitely on Liverpool’s side, with Everton yet to win at Anfield in 18 years.
Liverpool is on just $1.30 for the home win, with $10 for Everton and $5 for a draw.
Arsenal has surprised many finding itself if fifth spot and should stay there with a match at Southampton scheduled this week.
Southampton have only lost one of their last six home Premier League matches against Arsenal, although that defeat was when they last met in May.
And while Southampton drew 1-1 with Bournemouth last year, the Gunners should prove too strong, despite a disappointing loss to Manchester United.
Arsenal is paying $1.90 to take the three points, with $3.80 for Southampton and $3.60 for a draw.
Sixth-placed Tottenham is riding high after a 3-0 Champions League win over APOEL Nicosea this week and should force a similar result when it hosts Brighton.
Spurs are on $1.28 to claim the home win, with a whopping $12 for a loss and $5 for a draw.
Huddersfield and Brighton were both chasing promotion when they last met, with Aaron Mooy’s side running off with a 3-1 win.
While Huddersfield may not win by a similar margin this week, it is the $2.70 favourite to sneak away with a win, with $2.90 for Brighton and $2.90 for a draw.
Suggested Bet: Take United and City to draw: $3.40
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