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Team news ahead of Saturday lunchtime's Premier League clash between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford (12:45pm).

Last Updated: 11/02/11 at 13:10   

Balotelli: Could be on the bench

Balotelli: Could be on the bench

Chris Smalling will be handed his first start in a Manchester derby.

Rio Ferdinand (calf) and Jonny Evans (ankle) are both ruled out, meaning Smalling will partner Nemanja Vidic in the centre of United's defence.

Javier Hernandez was the latest member of the Red Devils' international contingent to report back for duty, although given his arduous journey following Mexico's meeting with Bosnia, the best he can hope for is a place on the bench.

Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong is doubtful for the derby against because of an ankle injury.

However defender Micah Richards has recovered from a similar problem and comes into contention at Old Trafford.

Striker Mario Balotelli could return after a four-week absence with a knee injury which followed his hat-trick against Aston Villa.

United (from): Van der Sar, Lindegaard, Kuszczak, Rafael, O'Shea, Brown, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Fabio, Nani, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Gibson, Anderson, Park, Bebe, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov, Hernandez, Owen.

City (from): Hart, Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Boateng, K Toure, Kompany, Boyata, Kolarov, Lescott, Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Vieira, Milner, Y Toure, Silva, Barry, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli, Jo, Guidetti.

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Premier League Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom
Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  
Stoke City v Tottenham  
Swansea v A Villa  
West Brom v West Ham  
17:30
Man Utd v Norwich  
Sunday, 27 April 2014
12:00
Sunderland v Cardiff  
14:05
Liverpool v Chelsea  
16:10
C Palace v Man City  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 52 80
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 35 21 70
5 Everton 35 23 69
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 34 16 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 34 -9 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 35 -28 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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