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PREVIEW: Manchester City v Manchester United

Manchester City will be hoping to leapfrog neighbours Manchester United into second place in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table when the pair meet at The Academy Stadium this evening.

The pair are separated by just two points in the table and it is the home side who are undoubtedly in better form after winning all of their last six league matches, a sequence which dates back to the last Manchester derby at The Leigh Sports Village in November.

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor could again be without full-back Demi Stokes and Sam Mewis as the players continue to battle to regain fitness. Long-term absentees Megan Campbell and Gemma Bonner remain sidelined.

Manchester United boss Casey Stoney takes her side across the city with at least five of her players out with injury. Forward Tobin Heath is sidelined until late April while England pair Lucy Staniforth and Alessia Russo are not yet fit to feature. Kirsty Smith and Lauren James have both picked up recent injuries and are also sidelined.

The Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture between Manchester City and Manchester United is scheduled to kick-off at 7pm this evening and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2.

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