While tomorrow's battle between Manchester United and Manchester City may seem pretty easy to call on the surface - United have been better in the league than their rivals, more accomplished in Europe and a more coherent team overall - it might not be so wise to predict that Sir Alex Ferguson's men will simply coast to victory in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
It's easy to forget that City have on occaision played brilliantly this year, certainly well enough to beat United should the league leaders come out at something less than their best. Danny Pugsley at SB Nation's Manchester City blog Bitter and Blue is reminding everyone that City do have the talent not to simply get rolled over by United and that the game could be much closer than many expect:
It is a difficult game to call. Clearly there is not a huge amount in terms of separation between the two sides, and lest we forget prior to the defeat at Liverpool the garden was rosy following the 5-0 demolition of Sunderland. In recent times though, United have possessed that edge that has seen them gain the upper hand; call it resolve, strength of will or just plain old experience of having continually been in and emerged victorious from similar situations.
On paper, United are the stronger side, and I don't think you'd find anyone who'd suggest that they aren't also far more capable of dealing with playing on this sort of level than are City. But it's sensible to bear in mind that even without Carlos Tevez, even with all of those trophy-less years hanging over their heads, they're not a force to be taken lightly.