Manchester United and Manchester City clash on Sunday afternoon in another episode of their rivalry but this time the result would also be very important in the race for a Champions League spot. Moreover, the winner of this match would remain in the race for the second spot behind runaway leaders Chelsea. This will be the 145th Manchester Derby, United have won 56 so far while City have secured 43 wins. However, City have won the last four derbies. The last one at Etihad Stadium was decided by a goal from Sergio Aguero.
Manchester United are coming from five consecutive win, a streak that almost secured Champions League football for Louis van Gaal's side. They have secured convincing wins against top teams, like the 3-0 against Tottenham and the 2-1 success at Liverpool. United will be without Robin van Persie, still out with an ankle injury, while Luke Shaw will also miss out.
Manchester City's form has been unconvincing as they dropped out of the title race. They have never managed to get three consecutive wins in 2015 and lost to underdogs like Burnley or Crystal Palace. Striker Sergio Aguero is going through a long goal drought, he has not found the back of the net in 556 minutes. His last Premier League goal was on February 21. City might have to do without captain Vincent Kompany, who is struggling with a hamstring injury. Wilfried Bony is definitely out of contention.
Manchester United: De Gea - Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Blind - Carrick, Herrera; Mata, Fellaini, Young - Rooney
Manchester City: Hart - Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy - Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure, Milner, Silva - Aguero
My prediction: 2-2 draw.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Manchester United win - 2.62 Draw - 3.40 Manchester City win - 2.87