Tuesday 12 December 2017

What time, what channel? Everything you need to know about tonight's Manchester Derby

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

The race for Champions League spots heats up tonight when Jose Mourinho's United travel across town to face Manchester City.

What is it?

It's the rearranged Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Manchester United.

When is it?

Tonight. Yes, Thursday night of course.

Where is it?

At the home of the blue half of the city, so the Etihad Stadium.

What time it kick-off?

It's at 8pm.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports 1 will have live coverage of the match with build up starting from 7pm.

What is the team news?

Manchester City playmaker David Silva is doubtful after suffering a hamstring injury in the FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal.

Striker Sergio Aguero seems to have a better chance of featuring after a knock in the same game while fellow forward Gabriel Jesus could return after more than two months out with a broken bone in his foot.

Defenders John Stones and Bacary Sagna are hoping to overcome muscle injuries but Ilkay Gundogan (knee) is a long-term absentee.

David Silva is struggling to be fit for the Manchester derby

Provisional squad: Bravo, Caballero, Zabaleta, Kompany, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Toure, Delph, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Nolito, Navas, Aguero, Jesus, Iheanacho.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will miss the derby against City at the Etihad Stadium after sustaining a muscular injury in Sunday's win at Burnley.

Chris Smalling (knee) and Phil Jones (foot) are still not fit while Juan Mata (groin), Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo (both knee) have longer-term problems.

Full-back Antonio Valencia returns after missing the last two matches.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Blind, Darmian, Shaw, Tuanzebe, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Mkhitaryan, Carrick, Herrera, Young, Lingard, Fellaini, Martial, Rooney, Rashford.

What are they saying?

Jose Mourinho on a win moving United above City and into the top four:

"It means nothing. If we finish fifth and they finish sixth and we are above them it means nothing. If they finish third and we finish fourth they are above us, but it means a lot.

"This is not about Pep (Guardiola), this is not about City, it is about fighting for objectives. We want to play Champions League football and we still have two doors open."

Guardiola on his respect for United:

"They are good, good rivals, good quality, in good form. They've had big series without defeat in the Premier League. They have a lot of quality, history. We're looking forward to the game."

What are the latest odds?

City to win 5/6

Draw 11/4

Man Utd to win 16/5

What's our prediction?

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