Form guide: Last weekend, Manchester United moved six points clear at the top of the table with a 3-2 win over local rivals Manchester City, which was the Reds’ ninth victory from 10 Barclays Premier League outings. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are also top scorers in the division but surprisingly Sunderland have a better defensive record having conceded two fewer goals. Martin O’Neill’s men also head to Old Trafford buoyed by Monday’s morale-boosting triumph over Reading, although the Black Cats haven’t won in M16 since the 1967/68 campaign.
Betting: This season, 10 of United’s 24 fixtures in all competitions have featured five or more goals, a statistic that has provided some fantastic viewing for fans around the world. And with bwin's generous odds of 23/10 for Over 4.5 goals, some Reds might be tempted to back another example this weekend.
Ins and outs: Jonny Evans limped out of the Manchester derby with a hamstring injury and will not feature, but might be replaced by club captain Nemanja Vidic after Sir Alex confirmed the Serbian's inclusion in his squad. Shinji Kagawa is improving but not ready, while Nani is ruled out again. Martin O’Neill is definitely without ex-Reds defender Wes Brown and former Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole, while Danny Rose, Phil Bardsley and Adam Johnson are all doubts.