Man City vs Man United
Will today be the day that Man City are crowned Premier League champions?
If Manchester City beat United on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, the Sky Blues will win the 2017-18 Premier League.
The truth is that even if United manage to draw or even beat City, Pep Guardiola’s men will have another six chances to confirm their championship season.
Will City be distracted by Liverpool?
Heading into Saturday’s derby, Man City have other issues on their mind.
While the title in touching distance, City are looking to rebound after their 3-0 defeat at Liverpool in the Champions League.
Can City recover in the second-leg on Tuesday night?
Guardiola must still hope for a comeback against Liverpool, and the manager is being tipped to rotate his squad against United.
Aymeric Laporte & Leroy Sane
The likes of the Times and the Guardian on Saturday have gone about predicting the line-ups for the Manchester derby.
The papers offers very different possible Man City XIs.
One player who could be rotated is German winger Leroy Sane. Sane had a difficult evening at Anfield in midweek, as Trent Alexander-Arnold rose to the occasion.
Will Sane start vs United, or could Bernardo Silva get the nod instead?
Another issue for Guardiola is how to setup his backline. Aymeric Laporte was deployed at left-back at Anfield, but the likes of Mo Salah tortured City’s record defensive signing, especially in the first half.
Yet there’s a split of opinion whether Laporte will get a second chance to play at left-back. Alternatively Fabian Delph could start at full-back instead.
No room for Anthony Martial
When considering how Jose Mourinho will line-up his United side, both the Times and the Guardian omit Anthony Martial from their XIs.
Will Martial still be a Man United player next season?
There’s also doubt over whether Juan Mata or Marcus Rashford will start against City.