Mario Balotelli returns from his 3-match suspension, but after his sending off against Arsenal, Roberto Mancini hinted that he may not allow Balotelli another chance in the team before the end of the season. With Tevez and Aguero in form up front, they are likely to start again, though Balotelli may make the bench.
Micah Richards is a doubt due to the hamstring injury that kept him out of the trip to Wolves, and he will be assessed ahead of this game.
Mancini has no other absentees to contend with and may pick an otherwise unchanged lineup.
Sir Alex Ferguson has no fresh injury concerns that will affect his team selection, and given that he has stuck, for the large part, with the same players in recent weeks, he may well do the same once again.
That would mean Nani would start on the left again after a goal and 2 assists against Everton, though Ashley Young could provide some food for thought for Ferguson.
The United manager is always capable of springing a surprise in the big games, and he could do so again here after the slip up last week.
The situation could not be more simple for the two Manchester clubs as they face up here. A win for City will see them leapfrog their rivals and take their place at the top of the Premier League table on goal difference. They are currently 6 goals better off in that regard and any win would increase that margin. On the other hand, any other result would mean United remained at the top of the table going in to the final two matches. A win would take them 6 points clear and leave them needing only 1 point from their last 2 games to secure the title.
City have done well to claw themselves back into the title race. When the gap was 8 points not so long ago, they did what was asked of them and won their matches while results happened to go their way. The return of ex-United striker Carlos Tevez has coincided with 3 wins on the trot, and he may well play a big part against his old club, in deciding where the title will go this season.
United have failed to win 2 of their last 3 matches and lost their last away game 1-0 at Wigan. They will not underestimate their opponents in this game as they did Wigan, though.
City thrashed United 6-1 at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture earlier this season, but much has changed since then. In the interim period, City lost their way somewhat, surrendering their lead at the top of the table, while also crashing out of the FA Cup at home to United in January. United have won two and drawn one of their last four trips to City, and the pressure will most certainly be on the home side. Sir Alex Ferguson has been here before and will know what is asked of his side. They will be satisfied with a draw, but it won't be easy.
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