It has taken until the month of December for the Premier League to give us the first Manchester derby of the season.

While the two clubs share a close geographical proximity, they are much further apart when it comes to how they have performed in their respective campaigns so far.

It shouldn’t be forgotten, though, that there is nothing like the prospect of a local derby to have the formbook thrown out of the window.

Manchester derby a stepping stone in title race

Manchester City are three points behind second-placed Leicester, with both of those clubs still in with a title shot, albeit with the caveat of Liverpool needing to drop a considerable number of points across the rest of the season.

The Citizens’ form has wavered ever so slightly though, with three of City’s last six games in all competitions ending in draws, including against Newcastle on the last day of November.

However, they have come out on top in three of the last four Manchester clashes and David Silva, in particular, has enjoyed a return of two goals in the last four derbies. He is 16/5 for anytime goal scorer on Saturday.

Rashford has been hitting the mark

Manchester United will have savoured their 2-1 victory when hosting former manager Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side in midweek, with Marcus Rashford impressing most of all.

It was only their fifth win of the league season but it reinforced their positive record when it comes to big games, having also beaten Chelsea and Leicester while earning draws with Liverpool and Arsenal this season.

Rashford’s brace on Wednesday means he has now netted 12 in his last 13 for club and country. Formerly 5/1, it could pay off to take advantage of the enhanced 8/1 odds backing Rashford and Raheem Sterling both to score.

City to have too much Pep for United

City had the perfect warm-up last time out, delivering a 4-1 thrashing to Burnley, helping to justify their overwhelmingly short price of 2/7 to take the three points off United at the Etihad Stadium.

It would have been tempting to back the Red Devils to get something from the game had it been at Old Trafford, but the fact that it is away from home for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will likely be one element too many to overcome.

It’s hard to imagine Pep Guardiola’s men running away with the game, though, and with Ederson having only kept two clean sheets this season, there could be value in a match result going City’s way and both teams to score at 6/4.

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