The Manchester derby is just minutes away from kick-off, with live coverage available via ESPN3.

With just three points between the sides at the top of the Premier League, it is a match with massive implications for the destination of Premier League title.

A win or a draw for Manchester United and they will be in pole position to secure their 20th championship with just two games of the season remaining, after tonight. But a victory for City would put them on top of the Premier League and leave them with a golden opportunity to claim their first title in 44 years.

On the pitch this is quite possibly the biggest match in the 20 years of the Premier League. Off the pitch it certainly is. An estimated audience of 650 million is expected to watch Monday's match in 212 countries, according to the BBC.

And the team lineups have been announced for the titanic clash.

City boss Roberto Mancini has elected to start with an attack-minded 11, featuring the offensive talents of David Silva, Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. City also name Pablo Zabaleta ahead of Micah Richards at right back.

Sir Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, has made four changes to the lineup that twice sundered a two-goal lead in a 4-4 draw with Everton last time out. Rafael and Jonny Evans, both at fault on that day, drop out of the defense, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling coming in. United also leave out Danny Welbeck as Ferguson bolsters his midfield with the additions of Ji-Sung Park and Ryan Giggs. The biggest surprise is that Antonio Valencia, a player in sparkling form of late, misses out with Nani switching to the right.

Manchester City team: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Yaya, Silva, Nasri, Tevez, Aguero.

Manchester United team: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Nani, Park, Rooney.

Prediction: City have the talent, form and momentum, as well as the home advantage that logically makes them favorites to win this crucial match. But United's lineup suggests they will try to stifle City in the midfield and attempt to prevent their opponent's creative players from having time on the ball or space with which to play into. This could well end in a stalemate, which would put United in a great position to claim the title.

Manchester City 1-1 Manchester United