The stage is set for the 177th Manchester Derby as two different sides from two different areas within one city go head-to-head with a huge bragging right at stake.
While in-form Manchester City will hope to subdue their city rivals, Manchester United, to firmly remain on course for a successful title defence, eighth-placed United, who have been far from their best this season, will be aiming to close the gap on their neighbours.
But there is one particular thing about this fixture: it is always unpredictable. City look like a side that can blow United away, based on current form. United, however, have shown that they can, indeed, get the better of any team on their day.
We saw how the Red Devils came from 2-0 down to defeat Pep Guardiola’s men 3-2 last season. Guardiola, it must be said, is yet to claim victory in the derby at the Etihad Stadium.
To this end, the former Barcelona gaffer has a lot to play for, and his opposite number, José Mourinho, should have something to say about that.
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018
Time: 5.30pm Nigerian time
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Live stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Opta Stats and talking points
1. Manchester City have won just two of their last eight matches against Manchester United in all competitions (D2 L4) since winning four in a row between 2013 and 2014.
2. Manchester United, who won 3-2 at the Etihad last season despite being 0-2 down, are looking to win back to back Premier League games at the stadium for just the second time, also doing so with wins in November 2008 and April 2010.
3. Two of Man Utd’s three Premier League wins against Man City when they’ve trailed in the match have been away from home and from 0-2 behind – in November 1993 and April 2018.
4. Premier League meetings between Manchester City and Manchester United have been won by the away side on 17 occasions – only Aston Villa vs Liverpool (19) and Everton vs Man Utd (18) have been won by the visiting team more.
5. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is still yet to score against Manchester United in the Premier League, attempting 19 shots in 12 games without success; among players with at least 50 Premier League goals, only Robbie Keane (22) has played more times against the Red Devils without scoring than Sterling.
6. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored seven goals in his first seven Premier League games against Man Utd, but has failed to score in his last three against them since.
7. Anthony Martial has scored in each of his last four Premier League games for Man Utd – he could become the seventh different player to score in five or more in a row for the club in the competition (Ruud van Nistelrooy x4, Wayne Rooney x2, Eric Cantona, Dwight Yorke, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie).
8. This will be the 22nd meeting between Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in all competitions – the Spaniard has won nine and lost five (D7) of the previous 21. He’s only lost more matches against Jurgen Klopp (7) than Mourinho (5) during his managerial career.
Manchester City provisional squad: Ederson, Muric, Danilo, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte, Kompany, Delph, Mendy, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sterling, Sane, D Silva, B Silva, Foden, Aguero, Jesus.
Manchester United provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Grant, Valencia, Young, Darmian, Shaw, Smalling, Bailly, Lindelof, Rojo, Jones, Fellaini, Herrera, Lingard, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, Mata, Pereira, Fred, Martial, Rashford, Sanchez, Lukaku.