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U18s v Derby County: Key battles

BATTLE: City's youngsters train ahead of their Premier League fixture with Derby County

BATTLE: City's youngsters train ahead of their Premier League fixture with Derby County

Who will make the difference as City U18s face Derby County at the Academy Stadium on Saturday?

Lee Carsley's side are unbeaten so far and sit second in the U18 Premier League.

Having scored 18 goals in six matches, the Blues are in emphatic form as they prepare for this weekend's clash with mid-table Derby County.

Where will Saturday's noon kick-off be decided on the pitch? Visit the ticket office for information on how you can support City's future...

Luke Bolton v Fuseine Rashid

Bolton spoke this week of how he and his teammates are out to to entertain the fans this week - something he, Jadon Sancho and Joe Hardy have done plenty of so far this season.

The right winger has put in plenty of all action displays already this season and he will have to be at his bustling best again on Saturday if he is to find a way around Derby captain Fuseine Rashid.

Although the Rams have struggled to keep the door bolted so far, conceding 14 goals in six matches, Rashid is a leader capable of organising his defence excellently while shackling his direct opponent too.

Bolton's ability to drive past players before playing a lethal cross has been an indispensable asset to City so far and he will need to be accurate if he is to beat Rashid and pick out either Lorenzo Gonzalez or Joe Hardy, whoever Carsley picks in the central role.

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Aro Muric v Cameron Cresswell

City's physically imposing Swiss goalkeeper is more than just a shot-stopper, prepared to travel out of his box if he sees it as the best way to avert the danger. It's worked excellently so far; allowing City's defence to push forward and put pressure on the opposition.

If called upon though the 17-year-old can get down in lightning quick time to turn away any daisycutters fired at his goal.

It's likely he'll have a Cameron Cresswell effort to turn away at some point during Saturday's clash - the striker has featured for England's youth teams and been the big threat for the Rams so far this season with six goals in the U18 Premier League.

Visit mancity.com/tickets to be at the Academy Stadium for the 12pm kick-off before Pep Guardiola's first team face Everton at the Etihad Stadium.

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18s v Derby: Bolton promises to entertain

SAME AGAIN: Bolton celebrates his goal against Manchester United in last month's 2-0 victory

City U18s winger Luke Bolton has warned fans they won’t want to miss the attacking football on show when City face Derby this weekend.

City come up against the Rams at the Academy Stadium on Saturday hoping to protect their unbeaten record so far this season.

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U15s lift Premier League International trophy

CELEBRATE: City's U15s lift the Premier League International Tournament trophy

City's youngsters continue to impress on the big stage after the U15s won the Premier League International Tournament on Sunday.

A 2-0 final victory over Swansea City completed an excellent weekend's work for Mark Kennedy's Blues at Warwick University.

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All about...Ed Francis

TRAINING HARD: Francis (far right) has been part of an excellent start to City's season

Ed Francis is the latest to sit down with us to tell us more about what makes City's U18s players tick.

Francis has starred in City's excellent start to the season, featuring in a range of defensive and midfield positions.