Man City v Man Utd predictions: Red Devils capable of halting rivals' win streak
United value to claim a draw in Manchester derby at the Etihad
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Nathan Ake has returned to full training, leaving City with a clean bill of health.
Victor Lindelof and Anthony Martial could be available after minor injuries but Paul Pogba remains sidelined and David de Gea is on parental leave.
Manchester City's procession towards a third Premier League title in four seasons is seemingly unstoppable but their 21-game winning streak can be brought to an end by Manchester United, who look decent value to pick up a point.
Opposing City at the Etihad is not done lightly but the Red Devils have been level after 90 minutes in seven of their last ten games and are capable of recording yet another draw.
Pep Guardiola's side are in a class of their own in the Premier League and are the favourites to win the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Champions League.
But every club comes up against teams who cause them more problems than most and City have had their issues against United, who did the double over them last season, and held them to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in December.
United have been far more successful than most at containing the Citizens and they have often come up with the answers to their high press by choosing the right moments to counter-attack with pace and precision.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have looked less comfortable when the onus is on them to dictate the play and that may partially explain why their home points tally of 21 from 13 games is so disappointing.
It has been a different story on their travels with United avoiding defeat on their last 21 Premier League road trips even if the most recent, Wednesday's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, was a disappointing effort.
United's failure to win at Selhurst Park left them 14 points adrift of City and, more importantly, five points clear of fifth-placed Everton, who have played one fewer game.
Champions League qualification is far from assured so the match against City is about far more than local pride.
It could be argued that United's need for points is greater than their opponents' although they cannot expect anything less than full focus from City, whose thirst for victories appears to be insatiable.
Pep Guardiola has the luxury of being able to mix up team selections and his options are greater than at any stage of the season after Nathan Ake's return to training left him with a fully-fit squad.
Keeping the group happy could be Guardiola's greatest challenge there have been a few signs of a loss of focus in recent weeks.
City have been level at the hour mark in three of their last four Premier League games and needed a late three-goal flurry to see off Wolves 4-1 on Tuesday.
Top teams often do their best work in the later stages of games – just ask Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson – but City have been getting drawn into a lot of tight contests and this match may be the one in which they fail to get over the line.
Manchester United are undefeated in their last 21 Premier League away games.
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