Manchester City vs Manchester United, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

What is it?

It is the 164th Manchester derby in league football and 185th overall, featuring Manchester City, the Premier League leaders who have won 21 successive games in all competitions, and Manchester United, who are 14 points behind them in second place but unbeaten away since Jan 19, 2020. 

When is it?

Sunday, March 7.

What time is kick-off?

4.30pm at the Etihad Stadium.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD.

What is the team news?

Manchester City rate only Nathan Ake from their Premier League 25 as a doubt following a slower than expected return from the vaguely diagnosed ‘leg muscle injury’ that has kept him out for 10 weeks. But he has returned to full training even if he is unlikely to squeeze ahead of Ruben Dias, John Stones or Aymeric Laporte. 

United go into the derby looking for back-to-back away victories at the Etihad without Paul Pogba (thigh) who will be back next weekend and Phil Jones, who has been absent all season following surgery. Juan Mata has also been ruled out, while David de Gea missed the draw with Palace “for personal reasons”. Anthony Martial’s knee injury ruled him out of the trip to Selhurst Park but there has been no update about his chances and Donny van de Beek is rated only a 25 per cent chance to feature … on the bench, at best, as usual.  

What are the latest standings?

What are Telegraph writers saying?

City are embarked on a cakewalk to the title, according to Luke Edwards, who thinks it reflects poorly on their opponents and competitors:  “It is not something anyone at Manchester City will be fretting about as they close in on their fifth Premier League title in nine years, yet is there an argument to be made that English football is in danger of becoming too predictable at the top end?

“That would certainly be true if City go on to win an unprecedented quadruple this season, but there are those of us who are already worried by the prospect of another title effectively being decided in March.”

Thom Gibbs is worried by a rare Pep Guardiola sartorial lapse and takes a tour through his wardrobe: I’m not so much on ‘nodding terms’ with high fashion, just hoping when we pass in the street it doesn’t spit on me. 

Fearing a style misstep of my own, I consulted an expert. My colleague Stephen Doig, the Telegraph Men’s Style Editor said:  “The coat is sharp and pristine, but that clean minimalism goes to pot with the stinking great logo on the back.

“It follows a trend in fashion for the kind of overt, obvious logo mania we once saw in the 90s, back to court brand-centric Gen Z. But that brash logo is as welcome as a Covid swab.”

Meanwhile Sam Dean was at Selhurst Park to witness a terrible Manchester United performance in the 0-0 draw with Palace: “Just as Manchester United’s players could barely see each other through the thick Croydon fog, they can now barely see a distant Manchester City in the title race. If Pep Guardiola’s side were not already over the hill and out of reach, they surely are now after United lost further ground with this flat and dispiriting stalemate.

Three consecutive goalless draws tell their own story for United, who started poorly and gradually became worse as this match drifted to a forgettable conclusion.”

And in a Telegraph Sport classic, Rob Bagchi assesses the derby through the lens of a dozen classic photographs and the stories behind them.

What are the odds?

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  • City to win 3/5
  • United to win 6/1
  • Draw 10/3

What is our prediction?

Manchester City 2-2 Manchester United 

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