Derby Fever Grips Manchester as Leicester Honour Vichai

Premier League leaders Manchester City will look to bring a halt to Manchester United’s recent revival by opening up a 12-point gap on their local rivals on Sunday.

One of precious few blemishes from their record-breaking season, 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 – with Paul Pogba scoring twice.

Jose Mourinho’s men come into the tie buoyed by their best result of the season by a distance in winning at Juventus in dramatic fashion on Wednesday to back up victories over Everton and Bournemouth.

But stopping a City side averaging four goals a game at the Etihad in the Premier League this season is a monumental task.

Meanwhile, Leicester City 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.

Two weeks after Vichai’s helicopter crashed in the car park of the King Power shortly after Leicester’s last home match against West Ham, the Foxes will again pay tribute to the man who helped produce one of the greatest upsets in sporting history as a team labelled a 5,000-1 shot won the Premier League in 2016.

Leicester players, staff and fans united for an emotional victory at Cardiff last weekend before the players flew to Thailand to pay their respects at Vichai’s funeral.

More tributes will be made ahead of kick-off with an expected 20,000 fans set to take part in a walk from Leicester city centre to the stadium in Vichai’s honour, as well as a video tribute before kick-off and a two-minute silence jointly in memory of the victims of the crash and Remembrance Sunday.


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