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City City Bang Bang – The Manchester Derby – Our Prediction

Prediction: City will play better than the United. City should upset chances of Manchester United to win the game. Seems Manchester City are up for the kill with a well planned game.

Coca Cola vs Pepsi. Republicans vs Democrats. Darth Vader vs Obi-wan Kenobi. Mario vs Sonic. RAW vs Smackdown. Fire vs Water.

The world’s greatest rivalries have all been symbolised by two colours – Red and Blue.

And this Sunday, another set of bitter rivals will set out to paint their city with the broadest brushstrokes soaked in the colour of their choice. Manchester United vs Manchester City. Red vs Blue.

Manchester United’s preparations for this, the marquee fixture of the Premier League, seemed perfect after a dominant, classy performance 3-0 demolition of Everton at Goodison Park last week, but a midweek Champions League trip to Russia scuppered that momentum – the Red Devils only managed to scrape a draw after falling behind against CSKA Moscow.

In contrast, Manchester City have pumped in 13 goals in their last three games. Going into the Derby, they will be without the services of the prolific Sergio Aguero. But Raheem Sterling and Wilfred Bony have showed they are more than capable of deputising for the Argentinian.

Manchester United boast of a player who has scored more Derby goals than any in Wayne Rooney. But the talismanic striker has just entered the wrong side of 30, and his recent form does not exactly inspire confidence. French wonderkid Anthony Martial has been a revelation – even scoring with a sumptuous diving header a few days ago. But, the fact remains, United’s strike force is still inexperienced.

In the United ‘Schmidfield’, Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin have looked solid, while Ander Herrera has impressed whenever he has played (he has now scored 8 goals from 10 shots on target so far). Juan Mata was an unused substitute in Russia in midweek – Louis van Gaal possibly hoping to keep him fresh for the City game. However, there will be question marks raised of the Spaniard’s pace in this high-intensity game featuring Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas, Fernandinho and the brilliant Kevin De Bruyne on the opposite side.

In the end, Manchester United will want to emulate last year’s 4-2 win over their bitter rivals. But if City boss Manuel Pellegrini, and our prediction, have anything to do with it, a blue sun will rise tomorrow in Manchester.

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