There may never have been a Manchester derby with more at stake. Join us from 5.00am AEST in what is shaping one of the most hyped EPL deciders in years

Two clubs; one the institution, the monolith that have been near or at the top of the Premier League table every year since its inception. And then there’s City; the young upstarts, backed with billions of petro-dollars and fearing nobody.

And at 5:00am this morning, they’ll face off. And two hours after that, we’ll be a lot closer to knowing who is going to lift the Premiership trophy in a couple of weeks from now.

The 6-1 drubbing the Red Devils suffered at Old Trafford in the first meeting this season will still be fresh in their minds.

Manchester City’s phenomenal home record has seen them drop just two points all season, and Fergie’s men will probably be satisfied if they drop two more. A draw is very favourable for United who would remain three points clear at the top.

Since that defeat to Arsenal, City has gone on a three game winning streak, in which they’ve scored 12 goals and conceded just the one. Their confidence will be a lot higher than their rivals’, who threw away a two goal lead in that enthralling 4-4 draw with Everton last week.

The polarising Mario Balotelli returns from a three-match suspension, but given the form of his striking partners Sergio Aguero and the prodigal son Carlos Tevez, he may not be in Roberto Mancini’s plans.

But let’s not forget it was Balotelli’s two goals to open the game that got the rout underway in that 6-1 drubbing.

City is averaging an astonishing three goals a game. United over two. And yet, I wouldn’t be at all shocked if this game fizzled into a bore draw.

I just hope I’m wrong.

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  • Roar Guru

    6:55am
    Matt Bungard said | 6:55am | ! Report

    FULL TIME

    MANCHESTER CITY 1

    MANCHESTER UNITED 0

    • Roar Guru

      6:56am
      Matt Bungard said | 6:56am | ! Report

      Well we were hoping for a better second half, but it wasn’t really. United did their best Blackburn impersonation throughout, barely mustering a shot in the match and never looking like scoring a goal. Not a performance befitting Europa League qualifiers, let alone Champions.

      City were a bit better but even they were well below their attacking best. That said, they got their goal and when they had the lead, identified how dominant their grasp was on the game and seemed content to hold on for 1-0.

      Wayne Rooney was anonymous today, to put it bluntly. His supporting cast was no better. But honestly, THIS is the game that is going to decide the title? It was sadly, very much the anti-climax we were all fearing.

      Seriously, throw them both out and give the title to Wigan…the real entertainers of England!!

      Kudos to Gareth Barry for being awarded the man of the match…and kudos to all of you for sticking through this one for it’s boring entirety…feel free to send me a tweet @TheMattBungard with your views and feelings on the match.

      Oh, and well done to City. It’s their premiership to lose now.

      I’m going back to bed.

      • 7:07am
        Patrick Angel said | 7:07am | ! Report

        Gareth Barry was man of the match? That must have been the worst game ever played.

  • Roar Guru

    6:54am
    Matt Bungard said | 6:54am | ! Report

    95th min:

    Finally, Rooney has a shot! It’s blocked and then Hart is fouled in a skirmish. That should be enough.

  • Roar Guru

    6:53am
    Matt Bungard said | 6:53am | ! Report

    95th min:

    A United corner? Surely not…

  • Roar Guru

    6:52am
    Matt Bungard said | 6:52am | ! Report

    93rd min:

    Milner on for Nasri. Just eating up more time.

  • Roar Guru

    6:49am
    Matt Bungard said | 6:49am | ! Report

    Five minutes of added time. For what? You couldn’t make this up.

  • Roar Guru

    6:49am
    Matt Bungard said | 6:49am | ! Report

    90th min:

    And Nasri couldn’t pull the trigger!!! Toure did really well to keep the ball in (I don’t think he did, by the way) and it found it’s way to Nasri who jinked and stepped players in the area instead of shooting and eventually somebody took it away from him!

  • Roar Guru

    6:47am
    Matt Bungard said | 6:47am | ! Report

    88th min:

    De Gea’s first real save!!!

    The ball from Zabaleta down the right was too over-hit to reach Aguero, it found his fellow fullback Gael Clichy out the back and the left footed drive from distance was clawed away by the Spaniard. United running out of time and still looking decidedly average.

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