Manchester rivals City and United are both tied on seven points after four games of the Premier League season, and pretty confidently swept away their respective Champions League opponents in midweek. That makes this clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday completely unpredictable, with both sides yet to hit top form.
After City started the season with a great performance against Newcastle, they looked like they were already fully in tune with the approach of new manager Manuel Pellegrini. However, points dropped against Cardiff, Stoke and almost Hull means they still have some work to do. United, by contrast, have had harder games, dropping points against Chelsea and Liverpool.
For this match, City will be without defenders Martín Demichelis, Gaël Clichy and Micah Richards, while David Silva is in doubt with a hip problem. For United, Phil Jones is sidelined alongside Darren Fletcher, while Rafael and Danny Welbeck both face late fitness tests.
Manchester City Injuries and suspensions
Out: Martín Demichelis (knee), Gaël Clichy (knock), Micah Richards (hamstring). In doubt: David Silva (hip).
Manchester United injuries and suspensions
Out: Darren Fletcher (illness), Phil Jones (ankle). In doubt: Rafael (hamstring), Danny Welbeck (knee).
Match Date/Time: Sunday, 4 p.m. local, 11 a.m. ET
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
TV: NBC Sports Network, DirecTV (U.S. - English), Telemundo (U.S. Spanish), Sportsnet (Canada), Sky Sports 1/HD (U.K.)