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Who wins the Manchester derby? 

Manchester City go head to head with Manchester United in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Blues across the world will be hoping on Sunday afternoon that the fact they have a hub of game-changing, world-class stars will make the difference in the 171st derby.

Over reliance on their handful of stars can be a problem – this season, injuries to Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Kompany have led to an inconsistent title chase.

City will be without Kompany due to recurrence calf injury, which could be a nightmare for the Blues side.

Both sides have been struggling in the Premier League this season and it’s nearly 25 years since a Manchester derby was played between two teams both outside the top three.

Fans of both teams may have blotted from their memories the sad excuse of a football match that passed for the 170th derby in October.

And that was because United do not have those players – they could point to Anthony Martial as an up-and-coming game-changer, and Juan Mata can win games with a swing of a cultured right foot.

City, on the other hand, do have those players but at Old Trafford both David Silva and Sergio Aguero were missing through injury, Yaya Toure was in bad form and Kevin de Bruyne had his worst game since his summer transfer.

With Aguero and Silva back and Yaya in rampant form against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday night, the Blues look to be in better shape.

Aguero has scored in six in his last four derbies, and clearly relishes taking on the Reds.

Much has already been made of the loss of Kompany, but City have no-one who truly strikes terror into Blue hearts, while Aguero is a serial killer when it comes to derby matches.

United are left looking for an unlikely hero, a Benjani-style figure to come from nowhere and glance in a winner after 90 minutes of heroic resistance.

City have not exactly been ripping teams apart lately, but they retain the capacity to do so.

Two goalless draws on the trot have hardly got City supporters frothing at the mouth in anticipation of another derby rout.

Derbies are notorious for making nonsense of such analyst predictions, but all things being equal, City look favourite for the derby, but it could also go in United’s favour.

Anthony Nlebem

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