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PREVIEW: Manchester United vs Manchester City – 10/12/17

Manchester United v Manchester City

Date: 10/12/17

K.O: 16:00pm

TV: Sky Sports Main Event

The Premier League’s top two sides meet at Old Trafford for the biggest Manchester derby in four years, as United try to close the eight-point gap at the top of the table.

The Red Devils will have to do it without Paul Pogba, after the French midfielder’s red card against Arsenal last weekend, but are hopeful on Marouane Fellaini’s return to fitness.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Phil Jones are also fit again after injury, while Nemanja Matic will play through the pain barrier after taking a knock last weekend.

The Citizens welcome back David Silva after missing the loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek, but will leave it to the wire to decide on the fitness of Vincent Kompany. If the Belgian cannot play, Eliaquim Mangala will continue alongside Nicolas Otamendi.

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Fabian Delph is likely to return after illness, and could replace Danilo at left back after a shaky performance on Wednesday.

Many pundits are calling this fixture one of the most important Manchester Derbies ever, with some going as far as to say that the season is as good as finished already if City win.

That win for City would take them 11 points clear of United, after only 16 games and would set a new record of 14 consecutive victories in a single Premier League season.

Predicted Lineups:

United – De Gea/Jones, Smalling, Rojo/Valencia, Matic, Herrera, Young/Lingard, Lukaku, Rashford

City – Ederson/Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph/Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D. Silva/Sane, Aguero, Sterling

Predicted Score: 1-1

Written by Sam Hanys.

 

Sam Hanys

Ipswich Town fan and Loughborough University student.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Liverpool 29 27 1 1 82
2 Manchester City 28 18 3 7 57
3 Leicester City 29 16 5 8 53
4 Chelsea 29 14 6 9 48
5 Manchester United 29 12 9 8 45
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 10 13 6 43
7 Sheffield United 28 11 10 7 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 29 11 8 10 41
9 Arsenal 28 9 13 6 40
10 Burnley 29 11 6 12 39
11 Crystal Palace 29 10 9 10 39
12 Everton 29 10 7 12 37
13 Newcastle United 29 9 8 12 35
14 Southampton 29 10 4 15 34
15 Brighton & Hov… 29 6 11 12 29
16 West Ham United 29 7 6 16 27
17 Watford 29 6 9 14 27
18 AFC Bournemouth 29 7 6 16 27
19 Aston Villa 28 7 4 17 25
20 Norwich City 29 5 6 18 21

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