Live Match Manchester City VS Manchester United April 7 2018 Kick Off 16:30 GMT
The Reds make the short trip across town to the Etihad Stadium for the second Manchester derby of the season this weekend. United will be looking to avenge the 2-1 defeat against City at Old Trafford back in December and further consolidate second place in the Premier League, but it will be a tough task against the leaders, who will be looking to put their emphatic UEFA Champions League defeat at Liverpool in midweek behind them.
Saturday’s big match kicks off at 16:30 GMT and will be broadcast live on https://sekdrive.net/
The Reds boss declared before last weekend’s victory over Swansea City that Phil Jones and Ander Herrera have both regained full fitness, which was a welcome boost for the Reds on the injury front.
He also said that Daley Blind has returned to training and it remains to be seen if the Dutchman will be available for selection this weekend, but Sergio Romero is expected to be out “for a few weeks” after sustaining an injury on international duty with Argentina.
Meanwhile, City could be without top scorer Sergio Aguero, who missed Wednesday’s 3-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat at Liverpool because of injury.
John Stones and Fabian Delph were unused substitutes at Anfield and could be involved on Saturday after recent injuries, but Bernard Mendy is expected to remain sidelined.
The Reds enter their first match of the penultimate month of the campaign in fine fettle overall, winning the last four games in the Premier League including notable victories over Liverpool and Chelsea at Old Trafford.
United have also bounced back from the disappointing UEFA Champions League exit with successive 2-0 wins at home either side of the international break, against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Emirates FA Cup and Swansea City in the league last Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side have enjoyed a formidable season so far, in which they have won the Carabao Cup, reached the last eight of the Champions League and are close to securing the Premier League title. The Blues have won their last five Premier League games, scoring 14 goals and conceding just twice, since a 1-1 draw at Burnley on February 3rd and enter the match on the back of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool at Anfield.
Historically, the Reds have a strong record against their near neighbours heading into the 176th Manchester derby – winning 72 and drawing 52 of the previous 175 encounters.
United also hold the edge in the 40 Premier League encounters between the sides, winning 20 to City’s 13 while there have been eight draws – including the goalless stalemate in last season’s corresponding fixture 12 months ago.
The Reds lost out in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in December; David Silva opened the scoring for the visitors before Marcus Rashford levelled matters on the stroke of half-time, but Nicolas Otamendi’s 54th-minute effort proved the difference.
In a team packed with multi-talented superstars, Kevin De Bruyne has been the shining light for City this season and is deservedly in the running for the PFA Player of the Year award.
The Belgian playmaker, who has been instrumental in many of City’s wins this season, has scored 11 goals and registered 20 assists in all competitions this term. Capable of opening up any defence, De Bruyne is the chief orchestrator for Guardiola’s side and the Reds will have to be alert to nullify his considerable threat.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given the fact the top two teams in the division are up against each other, Saturday’s game will bring together the best defences in the Premier League this season, with United conceding 23 goals and City just 21 in 31 games so far.
The Reds have kept clean sheets on our last two visits to the Etihad Stadium and David De Gea is leading the way in the race for the Golden Glove with 16 shut-outs in the league, two more than City’s Brazilian stopper Ederson who is in second place.
Martin Atkinson will take charge of his fifth Manchester derby and the Reds are unbeaten in the previous four, including the 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium last season in which he sent off Marouane Fellaini.
The West Yorkshire whistler will also oversee his fifth united game of the campaign and his first since the 2-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford on 25 February. He will be assisted by Lee Betts and Stephen Child, with Craig Pawson on fourth official duties.