Manchester’s noisy neighbours collide on Sunday as the English Premier League continues to build towards its climax.
United and City clash at Old Trafford with the battle for European qualification having taken an unexpected twist in recent weeks.
The continental ban meted out to Pep Guardiola’s reigning EPL champions has opened the door to the Red Devils reaching the top table of European football even with a fifth-placed finish.
All the more incentive to continue their four-match unbeaten run against their local rivals, then, with City almost certain to finish second in the table.
They will be runners-up to Liverpool, despite the Reds suffering their first defeat of the season away to Watford last weekend, with the Hornets romping to a 3-0 victory on home turf.
It leaves Jurgen Klopp’s men 22 points clear at the summit and with a first title in 30 years still theirs for the taking.
Anfield is the venue on Saturday lunchtime as Bournemouth visit the north west off the back of a 2-2 draw at home to Chelsea, which wasn’t enough to prevent Eddie Howe’s side from dropping back into the relegation zone.
The Blues are keeping the other half of Merseyside occupied this Sunday, as Everton go to Stamford Bridge in an attempt to reignite their own unlikely European tile.
Frank Lampard’s side, meanwhile, will still be entertaining thoughts of third place thanks to Leicester’s dodgy form above them.
The Foxes must wait until Monday night to attempt to end their four-game winless streak at home to Aston Villa, who were beaten by Manchester City in last weekend’s EFL Cup final at Wembley.
A London derby on Saturday sees Arsenal go up against West Ham, with the Gunners improving under Mikel Arteta following his mid-season arrival.
David Moyes’ return to the London Stadium dugout hasn’t provided the desired miracle cure, but the Hammers did scramble out of the relegation zone with victory last weekend.
Tottenham head north from the capital on Saturday for the late kick off against dangerous Burnley, who would go above Spurs in the table with victory at Turf Moor.
Wolves are in much brighter form ahead of their game at Molineux with Brighton, where victory could take Nuno Espirito Santo’s men as high as fourth.
Also pushing at the right end are Sheffield United, who tackle a Norwich side who remain bottom despite their first win since January last time out when they pipped Leicester at Carrow Road.
Southampton and Newcastle meet at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday, where a win for either side would go a long way to removing any lingering relegation fears at either end of the country.
Nigel Pearson’s Watford are out to build on their Liverpool magic when they go across the River Thames to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
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Prediction methodology explained
The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. In graphics where values are missing for a team, they were not available at the time of writing. Percentages are correct at the time of writing , but are subject to change depending on team news and other factors.