December could be a pivotal month for Manchester United’s hopes of claiming the Premier League title this season.
United are eight points behind Manchester City with both sides facing winnable games to round-off November. The Red Devils visit Watford, while City host Southampton, but December’s run of fixtures could go a long way to determining who lifts the trophy in 2018.
Both sides face seven fixtures during the month and bookmakers believe City will continue their impressive form over the coming weeks.
Pep Guardiola’s side are priced at 1/8 to win the title, with United on offer at 14/1, but keep an eye on William Hill promotional code 2018 offers to take advantage of any price fluctuations over the next few weeks.
United visit Arsenal on December 2 hoping to avoid a repeat of their last visit to the Emirates Stadium. Goals by Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck ended United’s 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and the Gunners are priced at 8/5 to win again.
Jose Mourinho’s side can be backed at 17/10, with the draw available at 23/10. United haven’t won at Arsenal since a 2-1 victory back in 2014. They can be backed at 9/1 to repeat that scoreline on their latest trip to face Arsene Wenger’s team.
United will be hoping to have reduced the eight point gap to City by the time the two teams meet at Old Trafford on December 10.
Despite having home advantage United are 15/8 second favourites to win the game, with City priced at 6/4 and the draw on offer at 23/10.
United have won three and drawn two of their previous six meetings with City in all competitions, but anything less than a win here would give them a mountain to climb during the rest of the campaign.
A minimum return of four points from their first two December fixtures could set United up nicely for a favourable run of games during the rest of the month.
They face Bournemouth on December 13, before visiting West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City ahead of Christmas.
Home games against Burnley on December 26 and Southampton four days later complete what could easily be a run that yields a further 15 points.
In addition to their trip to Old Trafford, City face home games against West Ham United and Bournemouth during December, as well as visiting Swansea City, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.
Their other fixture at home to Tottenham Hotspur on December 16 is a potential banana skin, but it’s not unreasonable to imagine City picking up a minimum of 16 points during the month.
With that in mind, it’s imperative for United to maximise their points return over the same period if they’re to keep the title race alive.