Preview: Manchester United vs. Manchester City

Sports Mole looks ahead to Tuesday's derby between Manchester United and Manchester City in the Premier League.

Two of English football's bitterest rivals go head to head at Old Trafford on Tuesday night as Manchester United entertain Manchester City in the Premier League.

United have endured a difficult season under new manager David Moyes, but three wins from their last four games suggests that they have turned a corner.

Meanwhile, City come into the match looking to close the gap on Chelsea. Manuel Pellegrini's side are currently six points behind the leaders with three games in hand.

United will be keen to avenge their 4-1 defeat away to the Blues back in September when goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri, combined with a Sergio Aguero brace, saw the former champions thrash their neighbours.

Robin van Persie is missing for the hosts with an ankle injury while Nemanja Vidic misses out through suspension. Antonio Valencia is likely to face a late fitness test after suffering an eye problem against Olympiacos last week.

Sergio Aguero and Matija Nastasic are both unavailable through injury for the visitors. Vincent Kompany returns after completing a suspension.

Recent form

Man Utd: WLWLWW

Man City: WWLLWW

Possible starting lineups

Man Utd: De Gea; Evra, Ferdinand, Jones, Rafael; Carrick, Fletcher; Mata, Rooney, Kagawa; Welbeck

Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Toure, Milner; Nasri, Silva, Negredo

Sports Mole says: 2-2

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini prior to kick-off against Blackburn during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
9Everton2376102538-1327
10Watford2375113342-926
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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