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Manchester City and Manchester United go head to head in a huge WSL clash at the Etihad Stadium this weekend, hoping to surpass the 31,000 attendance when they last played a Manchester derby at the venue back in September 2019.

Both teams go into the game in good form, with City winning nine games in a row in all competitions and United starting the season emphatically and claiming important wins over Arsenal and Aston Villa in recent weeks to sit second in the WSL table.

The 2019 Etihad derby ended in a narrow 1-0 City win. At the time, it was United’s first ever top flight game and they have doggedly been trying to close the gap on their local rivals ever since.

City have never lost against United in the WSL, with the latter’s only derby wins to date coming in the Continental Cup. But these teams have never been more evenly matched, so Sunday promises to be a fascinating encounter.

When is kick off? Sunday 11 December, 12:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Etihad Stadium
TV channel/live stream? BBC One/iPlayer (UK), FA Player, DAZN (International)
What time does coverage start in the UK? 12:15 (GMT)
Referee? Abigail Byrne

Lauren Hemp made her return to action from the bench as Manchester City beat Liverpool in the Conti Cup in midweek, with the winger having previously been sidelined since early November with a thigh injury.

Spanish midfielder Vicky Losada is also in contention to return for Gareth Taylor’s side, after returning to training on Friday following a knee injury.

Adriana Leon is the only real doubt for Manchester United. The Canada international missed the midweek Conti Cup game with flu and continues to be monitored.

Aoife Mannion is nearing a return to full fitness after spending the last nine months rehabbing from ACL surgery and could make it onto the bench before the winter break.

These two clubs have never been on such an even footing going into a Manchester derby, with United always previously seen as the underdogs given City’s record of success.

That is no longer the case, reflected in United starting the season as they have and matching Chelsea, Arsenal and City at this stage almost halfway through the campaign.

Both teams have the potential to score goals and will want to win. But a draw is a better result for United as it will at least maintain the three-point cushion over their rivals.

Prediction: Man City 2-2 Man Utd

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