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The Manchester derby: Possible Manchester City Starting XI

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Here we explore the starting XI that Manchester City might present at Old Trafford for the Manchester derby against city rivals, Manchester United.

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City and Sevilla at Etihad Stadium on October 21, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City and Sevilla at Etihad Stadium on October 21, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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After a last-gasp victory against Sevilla in the Champions League during on Wednesday, Manchester City will look to continue its winning streak against Manchester United, who has come off a 3-0 victory away against Everton in the last Premier League match day and a 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow in Russia in the Champions League. Currently, Manchester City is on a five match winning streak, including League Cup, Premier League and Champions League fixtures, dating back to the loss at home to West Ham United in mid-September. City is only one point off Arsenal for 1st place, so a win would be vital not just for local pride, but for 1st place in the league table, as well. One lingering question remains, however, in the build-up to Sunday's derby at Old Trafford, who will start for Manchester City?

Manchester City played in its typical 4-2-3-1 against Sevilla on Wednesday, with Bacary Sagna covering for Aleksandar Kolarov, Wilfried Bony covering for Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne covering for David Silva, and Eliaquim Mangala providing cover for the skipper, Vincent Kompany, who has been struggling with a calf injury. After Aleksandar Kolarov was given a half hour against Sevilla on Wednesday, it looks like he might return to full match day fitness for the Manchester derby.

With Sergio Aguero's expected timetable for return about a month, it is almost certain that Wilfried Bony will keep his place as lone striker. With Vincent Kompany looking fit enough to play after a recent calf injury, he will likely return to action for the Manchester derby. He has not played for Manchester City since a Champions League fixture against Juventus at home in September. With David Silva also injured, it looks like Kevin De Bruyne will keep his place in the team. The Belgian is currently on a streak of his own, having scored 5 goals in his 9 appearances since his arrival from Wolfsburg.

Here is my Predicted Starting XI for the Manchester derby.