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Alex Bysouth and Michael Emons

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  1. Until next time...

    Right, that's it from us on another bumper Sportsday, don't say we don't treat you...

    More, you say?

    Well, luckily, the BBC Sport football team are on hand to guide you through tonight's Manchester derby with live text commentary of the game at the Etihad Stadium.

    So go grab a quick tea and then settle down to enjoy the action.

    We'll catch you tomorrow, same time, same place...

  2. The last time the derby was on a Thursday...

    Manchester City v Manchester United (20:00 BST)

  3. Ding leads after first session


    What a performance from Ding Junhui. He was 3-2 down earlier in the day, but he has reeled off three frames in a row, including a break of 110 in the eighth, to end the first session with a 5-3 lead over Mark Selby in their World Championship semi-final.

    Ding Junhui
  4. Murray under way


    She's out...


    He's out...


    But he's just getting started...


    Andy Murray is under way in the Barcelona Open third round against Spain's Feliciano Lopez.

  5. The stats, United...

    Manchester City v Manchester United (20:00 BST)

    • United could equal their club record unbeaten run of 24 matches in a single top-flight season, set in 2010-11.
    • They have the Premier League's best points-per-game average in away matches (2.20), and could earn five straight league wins on the road for the first time since December 2011.
    • Manchester United have conceded five Premier League goals in 2017, fewer than any other team.
    • One more draw would equal their club record of 13 in a Premier League season, set in 1998-99.
  6. Newcastle business as usual - Benitez


    Rafael Benitez

    Manager Rafael Benitez says it is "business as usual" on the football side at Newcastle United, despite Wednesday's off-field investigations by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

    HMRC's tax fraud investigation emerged just two days after Newcastle confirmed promotion back to the Premier League.

    Managing director Lee Charnley was arrested, but released without charge as part of the raids.

    "We are trying to concentrate on football," Benitez told BBC Newcastle.

    "It's a pity that all the issues about the investigation, about something that happened four or five years ago, but we can concentrate on our usual football business."

  7. 'No offers' for Hull's Maguire


    Harry Maguire

    Hull boss Marco Silva says the Premier League club have not received any bids for highly-rated defender Harry Maguire.

    Reports this week suggested that the 24-year-old is a summer target for other top-flight sides including Tottenham and Everton.

    "For the newspapers, I understand this is the moment to start talking about these situations," Silva told BBC Radio Humberside. "It is a good sign because the players have put in good performances.

    "But until now - I met with our chairman yesterday - we don't have [any] offers on the table."

  8. Sharapova through in Stuttgart

    Sharapova 7-5 6-1 Makarova

    Maria Sharapova is into the quarter-finals in Stuttgart on her return to tennis after a 15-month doping ban.

    The former world number one made light work of fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the second set, taking the match 7-5 6-1.

  9. The stats, City...

    Manchester City v Manchester United (20:00 BST)

    • Manchester City have only lost one of their 18 Premier League home games since the derby defeat at the Etihad Stadium in March last year. However, eight clubs have won more often at home this season.
    • City's solitary league defeat in 11 matches came at Chelsea earlier this month (W6, D4).
    • A win on Thursday would ensure Pep Guardiola's side surpass last season's final tally of 66 points.
    • Sergio Aguero has scored in five successive Premier League appearances, one shy of his best run in the division set between April and May last year.
  10. What does Jose say?

    Manchester City v Manchester United (20:00 BST)

    So Jose, how do you feel about winning our vote? Sorry, I mean about tonight's derby...

    "This is about the clubs, the teams, the positions at the end of the season. This is not about myself and Guardiola.

    "I always feel that the season is very important for me, for the players, for the club.

    "I would say it can be the first season of the next five or six or seven, who knows, but it can be the first season of better years."

  11. Vote result

    Who is the better manager - Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho?

    We asked who was the better manager - Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho - and it is a convincing win for the Manchester United boss.

    He picked up 68% of the vote, with 32% opting for Guardiola.

    Thanks for voting. 

    Vote result
  12. Good neighbours...

    Manchester City v Manchester United (20:00 BST)

    Harold and Madge? More like Pep and Jose...

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "[Jose Mourinho and I] are neighbours. When we see each other we say 'hi'.

    "They [Manchester United] are good. Good rival, good quality and a long run in the Premier League without defeat."

    ...and Guardiola on his lack of silverware this season: "I have been managing nine years and this is my first without a trophy. It had to happen and it happened.

    "It will happen again if I manage a long time. But there are a lot of teams in Europe that won't win anything this season."

  13. Sharapova wins first set

    Sharapova 7-5 2-1 Makarova*

    Maria Sharapova has won the first set of her second-round tie against Ekaterina Makarova in Stuttgart.

    The former world number one is 2-1 up in the second, with fellow Russian Makarova currently serving.

  14. Pep v Jose

    Manchester City v Manchester United (20:00 BST)

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    Video caption: 'Manchester derby all about top four finish'
  15. Silva doubt for Manchester derby

    Manchester City v Manchester United (20:00 BST)


    David Silva is a doubt for Manchester City after limping off during the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal.

    Sergio Aguero, who also picked up a knock in that game, is fit to play. Gabriel Jesus is ready after recovering from a broken foot but Pep Guardiola says his condition is "not optimal".

    Manchester United are without Paul Pogba due to a muscle injury, but Ander Herrera has overcome an ankle knock.

    Chris Smalling and Phil Jones remain sidelined with knee and toe injuries.

  16. Post update

    Right, let's have a little look at tonight's derby...

  17. Barca report Malaga chief for 'scum' jibe


    Barcelona fans

    Here's something you don't read every day...

    Barcelona will report Malaga president Abdullah Al-Thani to Spain's Football Federation for comments on Twitter.

    The row erupted after a Barca fan asked Al-Thani on Twitter for Malaga to beat title rivals Real Madrid on 21 May.

    "With the help of Allah we'll beat them on the pitch, but the scum of Catalonia will not smell the championship after telling lies about coach Michel," wrote Al-Thani in Arabic.

    Malaga boss Michel upset Barca fans by hinting he wanted Real to win La Liga.

  18. Evans out of Barcelona Open

    Thiem 7-6 6-2 Evans

    Another Briton bites the dust.

    British number three Dan Evans is out of the Barcelona Open having lost 7-6 6-2 to Austria's Dominic Thiem in the second round.

    It follows a second-round loss for Johanna Konta in Stuttgart earlier.

  19. Get Involved #bbcsportsday

    Your favourite derby moment

    We have been asking for your favourite derby moments and here are some more of your comments.

    Luca: Boxing day 2014, Bolton vs Blackburn, Emile Heskey came off of the bench to score with his first touch, what a hero.

    Dan Nixon: Marcus Rashford retiring Martin Demichelis in last year's Manchester Derby. Demichelis is still having bad dreams.

    Gare Kekeke: Being at White Hart Lane to see The Arsenal win the Premier League in 2004 is my best derby memory. But I'll admit we're so far away from that happening anytime soon.  

    Marcus Rashford
  20. Sharapova in Stuttgart action

    *Sharapova 5-5 Makarova

    Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova is in action in Stuttgart.

    Sharapova faces fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the second round, where the score in the first set is 5-5.

    Former world number one Sharapova is making her return after a 15-month doping ban.