Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson have been exchanging attempts at mind games in the press, but now the talking will be done on the Etihad Stadium pitch.
Manchester City don’t tend to lose at the Etihad Stadium, but Manchester United lead the table for a reason.
Sir Alex Ferguson has put together a hugely impressive attacking line, but his defence has come under criticism.
A back line featuring Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Rafael and Patrice Evra ought to arguably be amongst the best in the country, and perhaps it is a lack of protection in midfield that is hindering the Red Devils.
Man City boss Roberto Mancini will hope the likes of David Silva and Yaya Toure can run riot as a result.
Whatever happens, it’s sure to be an intriguing contest.
Venue Etihad Stadium
Tickets Manchester City tickets
Last season Man City 1 Man United 0
Referee Martin Atkinson
This season’s matches 12 Y47, R1, 4.00 cards per game
Odds Man City 6-5 Man Utd 21-10 Draw 12-5
Subs from Pantilimon, Wright, Clichy, García, K Touré, Razak, Sinclair, Tchuimeni-Nimley, Dzeko, Lescott
Doubtful Clichy (ankle), Silva (hamstring) Injured Rodwell (hamstring, 15 Dec), Milner (hamstring, 15 Dec), Richards (knee, 28 Dec), Guidetti (leg, unknown), Kolarov (ankle, unknown) Suspended None
Form guide DWDWWD
Disciplinary record Y17 R1
Leading scorer Tevez 7
Subs from Lindegaard, Johnstone, Buttner, Powell, Macheda, Bébé, Henríquez, Cleverley Hernández, Jones, Smalling, Scholes
Doubtful Cleverley (calf) Injured Vidic (knee, 15 Dec), Valencia (hip, 22 Dec), Kagawa (knee, 15 Dec), Nani (hamstring, Jan), Anderson (hamstring, Jan)
Form guide WWWLWW
Disciplinary record Y23 R0
Leading scorer Van Persie 10
United have won 17 of 30 Premier League meetings between the two clubs; City have won seven.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini have met 10 times as managers. Ferguson has won five to Mancini’s four.
United’s biggest win at City came in their first-ever meeting, a 5-2 win on 3 November 1894 at the Blues’ Hyde Road ground.
Manchester City are looking to win three top-flight matches in a row against United for the first time since a four-match winning streak from 1969-70.
City are still unbeaten in the Premier League after 15 matches of the season.
The club are unbeaten in their last 21 league matches in total. If they avoid defeat, they will equal their all-time top-flight club record 22-match streak (set from 1936 to 1937 under manager Wilf Wild).
They are the first English team not to win a single game in the Champions League group phase.
Carlos Tevez has scored 13 of 15 penalties in the Premier League.
They have never lost a Premier League game in which Tevez has scored (W31, D4).
United have gone 84 matches across all competitions (58 in the Premier League) without a goalless draw.
Wayne Rooney’s penalty at Reading was their 1,000th Premier League goal since the turn of the century – the first club to reach this milestone.
Rooney has scored eight goals in Manchester derby matches in all competitions. Only Sir Bobby Charlton (nine) has ever scored more for United against City. The outright most goals ever by a player in this fixture is 10, set by Franny Lee and Joe Hayes.
The Red Devils have conceded the opening goal 15 times in 23 matches this season. But they came back to win against
Reading for the seventh time in the league, a record for a Premier League season.
SOURCE: BBC Sport