Why this Saturday’s Manchester derby is one of the most hotly anticipated yet

Regular users of our matched betting services here at Profit Accumulator will be accustomed to getting excited about football matches, and especially about local derbies, which are among the most fiercely contested events in the entire sporting calendar.

But then, there's the Manchester derby, which is... different. What's more, while there's always something special about the regular showdowns between Manchester United and Manchester City - two of the world's richest and most celebrated football clubs - this Saturday's Old Trafford encounter promises to have added spice, for so many reasons.

New faces, new rivalries, new action

Much has changed on both the blue and red sides of Manchester over the summer. While the Citizens landed surely the most sought-after coach in world football in Pep Guardiola to succeed Manuel Pellegrini, for the Red Devils, dispensing with Louis van Gaal as manager in the immediate aftermath of May's FA Cup win enabled them to bring in surely the Spaniard's greatest adversary. That man is, of course, the ever-controversial - but also ever-high-achieving - Jose Mourinho.

But it's not just new faces in the dugout that bring fresh intrigue to the latest duel between Manchester's footballing giants, as both clubs have also added to their formidable rosters of on-pitch talent - headed by United's world transfer record-breaking acquisition of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba after a summer of speculation.

As Sky Sports has reported, the upcoming Manchester derby will be the most expensive match-up of players in the history of football, thanks to not only Pogba, but also such talents as United's Anthony Martial and City's John Stones and Raheem Sterling.

Interested in learning more about just what makes this weekend's Manchester derby one of the most eagerly anticipated yet? Just peruse our complete statistical infographic below...