Manchester City Vs. Manchester United, 2012 Premier League: Mario Balotelli Available, Not Expected To Start

Manchester City should be as close to fully stocked as they've been in recent weeks heading into today's match against Manchester City as Mario Balotelli has finished off his three-game ban and defender Micah Richards will be available after missing their last game with a knee problem.

While Balotelli is returning just in time for one of the most-anticipated matches in the history of the Manchester Derby, he is not expected to start with Sergio Augero and Carlos Tevez in top form. Aguero is the team leader with 22 goals and Tevez has scored four goals and had two assists during the three games he started with Balotelli out. When he's been playing, though, Balotelli has looked strong. In 22 Premier League appearances, he has scored 13 goals.

Manchester United has not reported any new ailments, either. The one change to their lineup has been speculated at right back, where Phil Jones or Chris Smalling could replace Rafael.

For all of your pre-match and live coverage, check out the Manchester Derby StoryStream. You can also can the low down on the two teams at United blog The Busby Babe and City blog Bitter and Blue.

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