Manchester Derby Team News: De Gea, Pogba, Martial, Mata, Ake

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The last time we had a Manchester Derby, it was likely the worst edition ever. Many supporters of both sides, bloggers and media figures believed that was the case, saying so during and after that boring goalless draw in December.

We could be headed to another scoreless Sunday showdown here too, as United haven’t scored in close to 300 minutes of play across all competitions. Meanwhile City are just not conceding goals right now, as their 21 match winning streak is largely fueled by a lockdown defense.

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Manchester Derby FYIs

Kickoff: 5:30 GMT, Sun Mar 7, City of Manchester Stadium

TV: NBCSN (US), Sky Sports (UK)

Starting XI Predictions:  City  United

Odds: City -134 United +320 Draw +290

League Form Guide: Manchester City  WWWWW  United  DDWDD

League position: United 2nd, 51 points    City 1st, 65 points

Team news for both sides

There are no new injury concerns for the champions-elect, as defender Nathan Ake is the only player out for City. For United however, the story is quite different. David de Gea was a last minute scratch vs Crystal Palace, due to personal reasons. Little has been made public of his situation so it’s impossible to gauge how likely he is to play or not here.

Sparingly used Juan Mata (unspecified) and forward Anthony Martial (knee) are out injured, joining long term injury absentees Paul Pogba (thigh) and Phil Jones (knee) on the sidelines. Yes, Phil Jones still collects a paycheck from MUFC believe it or not.

Pogba’s return will be key, although when that is remains to be seen right now.

Prediction: Manchester City 0, Manchester United 0

Yes, of course I had to predict this scoreline, which is getting to be more punchline right now.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports IllustratedChicago Tribune and SB NationFollow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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