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The Manchester derby takes place Sunday 10th December 2012 and is likely to be billed as the Premier League game of the season thus far. They will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of a disastrous European campaign that has seen them knocked out of all competitions before Christmas. A win over United is likely to give short-term relief to all City fans and the bookies see that as the most likely outcome. Bets.co.uk, the UK football betting portal, lists City as the 5/4 favourites to take all 3 points on offer, with United listed as a 21/10 chance and the draw priced as 5/2.

Manchester United are still odds on chances to win the Premier League and if they avoid defeat their odds are likely to shorten further. At the time of writing they are as short as 4/5 to wrestle the title back from their City neighbors. However, whilst City have recently struggled on foreign soil, things have been less than perfect at Old Trafford. In their last league game, United conceded three goals in the first half at Reading and they are likely to face a sterner test in the Manchester derby.

Whilst United's defensive frailties have been well documented, going forward things have been remarkably good.Rooney and Van Persie seem to be making their eye-catching combination pay dividends and they have propelled United to the top of the goal scoring charts with apparent ease. According to Opta, United's games are averaging 4 goals per game whilst City's home games currently average 3.13.Those watching the game that will be televised live on Sky sports will be hoping that it's a high scoring game that is likely to be full of incident.
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