Manchester City host neighbours Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a victory over their struggling rivals. United, meanwhile, after a terrible start to the season, are already hoping to make up ground on the top four.
Despite being the heavy favourites, Pep Guardiola will be wary of repeating last season’s mistakes, when Jose Mourinho’s men overturned a 2-0 deficit to pull off a stunning victory at the Etihad.
With that in mind, the City boss is likely to pick the strongest rearguard available to him, with the solid pairing of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte at its heart.
Previously, long-serving club captain and legendary figure, Vincent Kompany, would have been an automatic pick for such a big fixture. After some dodgy recent form, though, that is no longer the case for the 32-year-old Belgian.
However, many City fans still trust their leader to rise to the biggest occasions, which was made clear when 69% of those who took part in our poll voted in favour of Kompany starting against the Red Devils on Sunday.