City out to set­tle Manch­ester derby score

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

Premier League lead­ers Manch­ester City can en­sure Manch­ester United's re­cent re­vival is short-lived by open­ing up a 12-point gap on their lo­cal ri­vals on Sun­day.

Mean­while, a se­ries of trib­utes are planned as Le­ices­ter re­turn to the King Power Sta­dium for the first time since club owner Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha and four other peo­ple were trag­i­cally killed in a he­li­copter crash.

The cham­pi­ons hold just a two-point lead over Chelsea and Liv­er­pool at the top of the ta­ble, but have looked re­lent­less in re­cent weeks and shown no sign of a slip in stan­dards from their record­break­ing 100-point Premier League cam­paign of last sea­son, scor­ing 12 times in their last two out­ings alone.

One of pre­cious few blem­ishes from last term, though, was blow­ing the chance to claim the ti­tle by beat­ing United at the Eti­had as City threw away a 2-0 half-time lead to lose 3-2.

That re­sult only marginally stemmed the tide in the power shift across Manch­ester to­wards City since Alex Fer­gu­son's re­tire­ment in 2013.

United have failed to fin­ish above City in the league since, and are al­ready nine points be­hind the lead­ers.

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