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They lead Manchester United by eight points in the league and play away at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has no time for talk of karma when it comes to assessing Paul Pogba's Manchester derby absence.

A win will see City break a Premier League record for most consecutive wins while at the same time shatter United's unbeaten record at home - which will stretch to 40 in all competitions if they avoid a loss to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday [5 December] night.

After some emphatic wins in the autumn, City have been finding the going tougher recently with West Ham the latest team to take Pep Guardiola's side to the wire.

And he says it was a pleasure to come back and play at the Etihad again.

"I would think that Mourinho will play a more cautious game".




Guardiola's City are eight points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table - and only United have ever overcome such a deficit after 15 games in Premier League history.

Gale feels City pose too strong a threat for United to press and claims Guardiola's men could "pierce them apart".

Before the derby, City will face Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine in their final Champions League group match.

Having already secured top spot, Wednesday's match has little riding on it for City and Guardiola is expected to rest players. The good news for Shakhtar is that they can replace Taison with Viktor Kovalenko, a really talented young midfielder who just can't get into the team because Taison, Bernard and Marlos are so good.

David Moyes has not enjoyed the best start to life at the London Stadium, yet it seems the hard work on the training ground is starting to pay off, with West Ham's midfield particularly impressive against the Blues (which is something that could not be said for much of the campaign). I am so pleased to see them playing that well.

"David Silva has a little problem - I don't know whether he will recover for Sunday", Guardiola said. "We are going to need him as well for the derby".

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