Manchester City vs Manchester United. It's turned into one of those games that you'd rather not have on the fixture list because defeat could end your life but again so could victory. I mean when Paul Scholes scored that last minute winner at Wastelands last season, the lad seated next to me nearly broke his beer bottle on my head whilst celebrating.

The intensity of the game ahead serves to show why I was very relived that we beat Wolves at the weekend. It was a vital win but some stats have been disturbing me. The last eight meetings at Eastlands have produced the following sequence; LWLWLWLW. If that is anything to go by then we're in for a hammering tomorrow.
That coupled with the fact that we're short of players--at least according to the manager, then it doesn't bode well for us. This is one of those games when we need a squad and performance that is better than what we saw on Saturday.

In derby games though, form usually goes out of the window so I'm hoping that no stat and no extrinsic factor will influence the result. What we cannot turn away from is the fact that our noisy neighbours have raised their game quite well when they payed big opposition as Chelsea and Liverpool found out so hopefully, we'll be up for the task come Wednesday night.