Date: 7th March, 2021
Time: 10:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Etihad Stadium
It’s time for one of the most exciting fixtures in England as Manchester City host Manchester United in the much-awaited derby match at the Etihad Stadium.
Apart from the rivalry between the two clubs, this clash is also significant as it will be a top-of-the-table clash in Premier League. While Manchester City are currently at the summit of the standings with 65 points, Manchester United are behind them at second spot with 51 points. The contest could also be a title-deciding affair as a win for City would open a huge 17-point gap at the top, which will almost seal the title for Pep Guardiola’s side. On the other hand, a win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could just make things slightly more interesting with respect to the league table.
The Cityzens are currently on a breathtaking run of form, winning all of their previous 21 matches (in all competitions). If they manage to avoid a defeat against United on Sunday, it would also set a new club record for their longest unbeaten run in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are coming to this contest on the back of 4 draws in their last 5 games in the league. Their last three matches (in all competitions) have ended in a goalless draw and they would certainly be hoping for a better offensive performance against their arch-rivals.
After Kevin de Bruyne returned from his injury, Nathan Ake has also been deemed fit for Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side have all the players available for the derby contest.
United have a few injury concerns as Juan Mata, Phil Jones and Paul Pogba are expected to miss the Manchester derby. David de Gea will miss the contest as he travelled to Spain for the birth of his first child. Dean Henderson will start at the goal for Ole’s side.
Probable Playing XI
Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Zinchenko; IIkay Gundogan, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne; Phil Foden, Paul Sterling, Bernardo Silva
Dean Henderson; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Fred; Daniel James, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Edinson Cavani