The Etihad Stadium should be rocking this evening when neighbors United and City slug it out in the first Manchester Derby for the season.

Whichever one sees it, both teams are going into Sunday’s derby clash with the heads high and the result can indeed swing either ways.

While United produced a stunning comeback in Turin to beat Juventus 2-1 in their Champions League clash, City on their part registered the biggest win in the matchday 4 games as they tore Shakhtar Donetsk apart; beating them 4-0.

As we eagerly countdown to the season’s first Manchester Derby for the season we look at five interesting facts around this longtime rivalry.

 

City not derby expert

They may be beating other teams black and blue but when it come to the derby clash with United, City’s records are nothing to write home about.

The Cityzens have won just two of their last eight matches against Manchester United in all competitions (D2 L4) since winning four in a row between 2013 and 2014.

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Will history repeat itself

Manchester United, who won 3-2 at the Etihad last season despite being 0-2 down, are looking to win back to back Premier League games at the stadium for just the second time, also doing so with wins in November 2008 and April 2010.

 

Home advantage counts for less

Premier League meetings between Manchester City and Manchester United have been won by the away side on 17 occasions - only Aston Villa vs Liverpool (19) and Everton vs Man Utd (18) have been won by the visiting team more.

 

Sterling jinx

Perhaps with his new contract he will break the jinx. Manchester City's Raheem Sterling is still yet to score against Manchester United in the Premier League, attempting 19 shots in 12 games without success; among players with at least 50 Premier League goals, only Robbie Keane (22) has played more times against the Red Devils without scoring than Sterling.

Guardiola’s albatross

This will be the 22nd meeting between Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in all competitions - the Spaniard has won nine and lost five (D7) of the previous 21. He's only lost more matches against Jurgen Klopp (7) than Mourinho (5) during his managerial career.