PREVIEW: City vs Manchester United

Sunday 22 September 2013 | Etihad Stadium | Kick-off 16:00

Tickets: Sold Out.

Last Season: City 2-3 United

Match Officials: Referee: Howard Webb. Assistants: M Mullarkey, D Cann. Fourth Official: M Oliver.

Team News:

CITY – Vincent Kompany came through 90 minutes in Tuesday’s Champions League game against Plzen with no ill-effects and he will definitely start. David Silva and Micah Richards have trained most of the week, and Gael Clichy returned to training yesterday. Martin Demichelis is out.

Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, Richards, Zabaleta, Garcia, Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Rodwell, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Guidetti, Jovetic, Negredo, Nimely.

UNITED – Danny Welbeck is struggling with a knee problem. Phil Jones has an ankle injury and may miss out, while Rafael is trying to recover from a hamstring strain.

Manchester United (from): Amos, De Gea, Lindegaard, Buttner, Evans, Evra, Fabio, Ferdinand, Jones, M Keane, Rafael, Smalling, Varela, Vidic, Anderson, Carrick, Cleverley, Fellaini, Fletcher, Giggs, Januzaj, Kagawa, Nani, Valencia, Young, Bebe, Hernandez, W Keane, Macheda, Rooney, Van Persie, Welbeck, Zaha.

Stats:

Six of the last seven meetings between City and United at the Etihad Stadium have seen fewer than two goals scored.

Last season, City and United beat each other away from home in the Premier League – United won 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium in December, City won 2-1 at Old Trafford in April.

Manchester United have won six of the last 10 Premier League meetings between the two clubs, with City winning three.

United have won nine of their 16 Premier League trips to City, who have five victories. There have only been two draws.

Stats courtesy of Stat City & BBC Football

Press Conference:

Manuel Pellegrini faced the press at Carrington this week ahead of his first Manchester derby. Speaking about the importance of the match, Pellegrini said:

I do not need to be here to know how important the derby is against Manchester United. Living here and working every day here you know it is a special game. It’s a match of six points. It is very important to win it. Man United are a team always looking to win the title and Champions League.

David Moyes spoke about his derby experience outside of Manchester, and said that will hold him in good stead on Sunday.

I’ve experienced derby games in Glasgow and on Merseyside. They are all really important to your own supporters. They are important to the players as well but ultimately it’s about what happens come the end of the season and how many points you get together to see who is top.

Typical City’s Build-up:

This week’s Preview in Quotes features the views of Pellegrini, Hart, Kompany, Moyes and Rooney. I also chatted with United fans Lucia Zanetti and Musa Okwonga about the game. Don’t miss those.

Fixtures:

Saturday (all games kick off at 3pm unless otherwise stated)

Norwich vs Aston Villa (12:45)

Liverpool vs Southampton

Newcastle vs Hull

West Brom vs Sunderland

West Ham vs Everton

Chelsea vs Fulham (5:30pm)

Sunday

Arsenal vs Stoke (1:30pm)

Crystal Palace vs Swansea (1:30pm)

Cardiff vs Tottenham (4pm)

Manchester City vs Manchester United (4pm)

Compiled by Rob Pollard

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