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Fellaini v Fernandinho: Head to head

HEAD TO HEAD: Marouane Fellaini and Fernandinho

HEAD TO HEAD: Marouane Fellaini and Fernandinho

The countdown to Saturday's eagerly-anticipated Manchester derby continues....

We examine one of the key battles we expect to take place with a look at how United's Marouane Fellaini and City's Fernandinho compare stats-wise...

Appearances

Both players have featured in all of their sides' 2016/17 fixtures. Fellaini has started all of United's league games, while Ferna has started all but the Champions League second leg clash with Steaua, when he came off the bench for Kelechi Iheanacho.

- Fellaini: 3

- Fernandinho: 4 (plus one substitute appearance)

Goals scored

Neither player is particularly renowned for his goalscoring ability so it's no surprise they have just one goal between them in 2016/17 - it belongs to Ferna for his powerful header against West Ham. Therefore, in the shot accuracy stakes, Ferna leads by 100%!

- Fellaini: 0

- Fernandinho: 1

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Pass completion

Both hold impressive stats in this field but Fellaini comes out just on top. Ferna however has made 26 more forward passes than Fellani (167 to 141), and the United man has made almost twice as many backward passes (75 to 41).

- Fellaini: 91%

- Fernandinho: 87%

Tackles won

Another close one! Fellaini has made more tackles - but Ferna has been more successful in his exploits.

- Fellaini: 7/18 (38.8%)

- Fernandinho: 6/15 (40%)

Interceptions

Both are pretty sharp when it comes to blocking potential attacks.

Fellaini - 7

Fernandinho - 6 

Aerial duels

No prizes for guessing who comes out on top in this category...

Fellaini - 73.3%

Fernandinho - 37.5%

Summary

Who will hold the upper hand on Saturday? Join our Matchday Centre team for full coverage from around 8am BST.

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Derby Icons: Sergio Aguero

As we build-up to the 172nd Manchester derby, ManCity.com examines some of the sky blue icons from the fixture in years gone by…

In the fourth of our series looking at Manchester derby heroes of recent times, we focus on Sergio Aguero

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Derby Icons: Edin Dzeko

As we build-up to the 172nd Manchester derby, ManCity.com examines some of the sky blue icons from the fixture in years gone by…

In the fifth of our series looking at Manchester derby heroes of recent times, we focus on Edin Dzeko

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Things We Love: #ManchesterDerby Special

THINGS WE LOVE: A derby day special

There’s a distinct derby day flavour to this week’s offering of the best the web has had to offer in the last seven days.

With news outlets across the globe making even the most tenuous of links with Saturday’s Mancunian showdown, there’s plenty to go at, so without any further ado…