Today in England and Spain, four teams, will be involved in two local derbies – the Manchester Derby which is matches between Manchester City and Manchester United and El Derbi Madrileño (Madrid Derby) which is the name given to matches between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.
The Manchester Derby was first contested in 1881 and have played 182 matches in all competitions till date. The Red Devils as Manchester United is called have won 76 games while the Citizens have won 55 games, and the remaining 53 having been drawn.
The two teams played out a goalless draw at Old Trafford earlier this season, but Man City overcame Solskjaer’s side in the EFL Cup at the start of January courtesy of a 2-0 success.
Last season’s league clash at the Etihad Stadium ended in a 2-1 victory for Man United. Man City’s last home victory over the Red Devils in any competition was a 3-1 Premier League success in November 2018.
Pep Guardiola’s side, who are on an incredible 21-game winning run in all competitions, top the table, 14 points clear of second-placed Man United, who are very much locked in a battle for a top-four finish.
Mathematically, the title race is far from over, but Man City have a 14-point advantage over second-placed Man United and would take another huge step towards the trophy with a victory in the Manchester derby.
In the same vein, at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico Madrid welcome Real Madrid for the 227th Madrid derby this afternoon.
The previous games across all competitions has seen Real Madrid leading the head-to-head record 112 wins to Atletico’s 56.
Los Blancos have been victorious in 89 of their 167 matches in La Liga, losing 39 times, while they have also won the last two league meetings between the two sides, including a 2-0 success in the reverse game at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in December.
Atletico have not actually beaten Real Madrid in the league since a 1-0 success at the Bernabeu in February 2016.
A win for the home side in this game might well end Real Madrid’s hopes of retaining the title, but a draw or a defeat would certainly open the door for Los Blancos.