Manchester City will be reported missing a number of first-team players against Manchester United. A number of players will be missing the derby.
Pep Guardiola’s team are the favorites to win the derby. However, they will have to try and win the derby without a number of their star players
THE DERBY PRE-MATCH FULL REPORT
Manchester City are going to be the favorites in the derby game. This is despite the recent brilliant form of Manchester United. They are the favorites because of the form of Erling Haaland. Currently, the forward is scoring for his club almost in every game. United will try their best to nullify his threat. However, Haaland knows how to turn a half-opportunity into a goal.
Erik Ten Hag will also have a number of dangerous players. Antony, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho will be hoping to hurt Manchester City from their versatility in the forward line. Many eyes will also be on Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward is not in his best condition this season. However, the Manchester derby provides an opportunity for the forward to regain his old form.
THE INJURIES IN THE MANCHESTER CITY SQUAD AHEAD OF THE DERBY
Pep Guardiola will have to make a number of changes to his regular starting line-up. He will be without John Stones and Rodri. Another expected absentee is Kalvin Philips. The defensive midfielder has not played much for his new club this season. It is because the player continues to recover from his shoulder surgery. The player has already had the surgery. However, it is taking time to get him to full fitness.
However, they have some sort of good news. Aymeric Laporte is back in training after his long-term injury. Pep Guardiola said that the defender trained alone in the international. However, the derby comes too soon for him. So, Manuel Akanji and Nathan Ake are expected to start for Manchester City in the defense. They will be accompanied by Ederson and Kyle Walker.
This will also be a big opportunity for Erling Haaland and Anthony. Both the new signings will play their first derby match. However, fans of both the clubs have their hopes on the respective players to score the goals. This will be the case with Manchester City forward Erling Haaland.
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