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  • December 9, 2012
  • • 16:30
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
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Manchester City - Manchester United Preview: Rivals clash in table-topping tie

Manchester City - Manchester United Preview: Rivals clash in table-topping tie

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Sir Alex Ferguson's side go to the Etihad three points clear of Roberto Mancini's Premier League champions, who will want to pick themselves up after a dismal Champions League exit

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

Manchester City

Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy
 Barry
Nasri, Y Toure, Silva
Tevez, Aguero
Manchester United

De Gea
Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra
Carrick, Scholes
 Valencia, Rooney, Young
Van Persie

Manchester City's main injury problems lie in defence, but Gael Clichy (ankle) is set to return for the Premier League champions, with fellow left-back Aleksandar Kolarov (groin) also close to full fitness.

James Milner (hamstring) and Micah Richards (knee) are likely to miss out for the home side, while Jack Rodwell (hamstring) should be available for selection for Roberto Mancini.

David Silva (hamstring) is a worry for the hosts, and could be replaced by Javi Garcia in the centre for a more defensive formation.

The visitors have injury problems in midfield, with Anderson (hamstring) likely to miss the festive period after picking up a knock against Reading, and Tom Cleverley (calf) also a doubt.

Antonio Valencia (thigh) and Nemanja Vidic (knee) could both be available for selection, although Sir Alex Ferguson has said he feels the game will come to soon for the Serbian captain after a second long spell out.

Nani (hamstring) is almost certainly out of the game, while Shinji Kagawa (knee) could take a place on the bench after time on the sidelines.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • The first meeting between Manchester City and Manchester United - or West Gordon and Newton Heath as they were formerly known - ended in a 3-0 victory for the latter in 1881.
  • Manchester City have been awarded 21 penalties in the last three seasons - the joint-most in the Premier League alongside United.
  • Wayne Rooney's penalty against Reading in the 4-3 victory last weekend was United's 1000th Premier League goal this century.
  • United have recovered 21 points from losing positions this season in the Premier League - more than any other side in the division.
  • Carlos Tevez (pictured, right) has played for both Manchester clubs - he joined City in 2009 after spending two seasons on loan at United.
  • Robin van Persie is joint-top scorer in the league, with 10 goals alongside Demba Ba, Michu and Luis Suarez - City's top scorer is Carlos Tevez with seven.
  • Sir Matt Busby and Steve Coppell both played for City before managing United, with the former leading the Reds to their first ever European Cup in 1968.
  • 2006 was the last year there was more than one goal scored in a league fixture between the two with City as hosts, with the home side winning 3-1.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
13MaiconDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
14Javi GarcíaMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
2RafaelDefender
3Patrice EvraDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
20Robin van PersieStriker
50Sam JohnstoneGoalkeeper
4Phil JonesDefender
12Chris SmallingDefender
22Paul ScholesMidfielder
14Javier HernándezStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker

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