Manchester Derby Injury Report: Lukaku, Valencia, Dalot, De Bruyne, Bravo, Mangala

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Sunday will see the first of the two Manchester Derby matches this season kick off, and in recent years it’s become an affair that truly embodies the phrase “circle the date.” Manchester United, sitting in seventh place and nine points off the top of the table, will head across town to battle league leaders and defending champions Manchester City.

Let’s take a look at the injury and fitness situation for both teams, starting with the visitors.

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Mourinho said at his news conference a couple hours ago that striker Romelu Lukaku is in line to play should he pass a late fitness test. Lukaku, who has not scored for United since September, missed the last two games due to an unspecified muscular problem but he has returned to training.

“Lukaku is training with the team, if this answer is positive and we have of course one more session,” Mourinho said.

“If the answer is positive, he’s ready but in this moment I can only say he trains with the team, I don’t know his answer.”

Meanwhile defender Diogo Dalot remains out, due to the injury that he suffered during the last international break. Captain Antonio Valencia is in contention to feature having recovered from his mouth injury. He travelled with the squad for the midweek win at Juventus.

United have no new injury concerns for this one; likewise for City. The Cityzens have three long term absentees: Kevin de Bruyne, Eliaquim Mangala and Claudio Bravo.

Manchester Derby FYIs

Starting XI Predictions: United- go to this link, City- go to this link

Manager Press Conference Videos, Quotes: Pep Guardiola- go to this link, Jose Mourinho- go to this link  

Kickoff: Sunday, November 11, 4 pm local, Etihad Stadium

Odds via Odds Shark: United 5/1  Draw 3/1  City 53/20

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Prediction: City 1, United 1

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation. 

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  1. I genuinely feel that the 2 teams have there own advantages and setbacks.United have lost one of their best strikers and have a defender out for a while.But being a city supporter,I would say without hesitation that United will snag the victory.City are missing there best player the Belgian Maestro Kevin De Bruyne. Without one of the top play makers,city will have a problem withstanding the attacking force of united,hence silva can not carry the whole midfield. The beat we could do is wait for the results.

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