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.
Join us just before kick-off for all the formations, line-ups and team news from 5.00am AEST.