It's the final countdown...

It's the final countdown...

The new 2019/20 FA Women's Super League season is almost upon us - and what a way to kick things off: with the very first Manchester Derby of the professional era, and at the Etihad Stadium no less.

A record crowd is expected to witness this historic occasion, which has been on everyone's lips since United entered the league.

Anticipation has been increasing throughout the week to fever pitch, as the clock ticks down to Saturday 3pm.

In the build-up to the mouth-watering clash, CityTV have had exclusive, fly-on-the-wall access to the team's intensive preparations.

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Go behind-the-scenes from Monday to Friday and see first-hand the work that goes into Manchester Derby preparation.

We even accompany manager Nick Cushing and forward Georgia Stanway on their journeys in to the City Football Academy, and goalkeeper Karen Bardsley as the shot-stopper attends Gary James' 'Manchester City Women: An Oral History' book launch.

Plus, we take a tour of the Etihad Stadium with lifelong Blue Keira Walsh, and meet Kit Assistant Lisa Thomas and Performance Analyst Roya Arabshahi, as the staff fine-tune the details.

Also check out the week's training sessions and watch as the team take on media duties with press conferences and interviews, before visiting the Etihad Stadium on Friday afternoon for some final inspiration at the home of the Premier League Champions.

View all in the video above...