Saturday, April 17, 2010

City. United. A derby to remember?

This weekend sees yet another interesting early match in the English Premier League, with Manchester United taking on local rivals Manchester City. It could be a great derby; United are four points back of Chelsea in the chase for the EPL title with only a few games to play, so they absolutely need full points here if they want to put pressure on the leaders. Chelsea will have their own tough match later in the day against Tottenham, but the importance of that one will be diminished if United can't get it done against City.

Tensions are perhaps even higher than normal for a Manchester derby, especially considering the role that Carlos Tevez's defection to City may wind up playing in the demise of United's title ambitions. If United can't pull off a title comeback, the decision to let Tevez go will likely be debated all summer long regardless of Sir Alex Ferguson's comments, so a crucial win here over him and his current club would go a long way towards stifling that discussion. Wayne Rooney also could return, but that isn't inspiring a lot of hope in some United fans. It should be a fantastic clash. I'll be live-blogging it here and at Epic Footy. Kickoff is set for 12:45 p.m. local time, which is 7:45 a.m. on the East Coast and 4.45 a.m. (gulp) out here on the West Coast. If you're up, come stop by!

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