Man United vs Man City
DE GEA, VALENCIA,
JONES, ROJO, BLIND,
The 152nd Manchester league derby could not have come at a more crucial juncture for both teams. Manchester City's slump - five defeats in their last seven games in all competitions and two of their last three in the Barclays Premier League - has left them chasing leaders Chelsea.
Indeed, after last weekend's results City dropped from second to fourth and sit a point behind neighbours Manchester United, who have won their last five, including the 3-1 victory over Aston Villa last Saturday.
City make the 4.4 miles journey to Old Trafford with a good away record despite the 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday. That was their fourth away defeat of the season though they have won eight away games and scored 32 goals on the road - a record second only to Chelsea.
Yet form tends to go out of the window in derby clashes and City will not need reminding that they have won their last four league games against United, equalling their best ever winning sequence against their rivals (last set between March 1969 and December 1970) and bid for a record fifth straight win.