Category archives: Match Preview

The Pellegrini Paradox

Manuel Pellegrini could yet scale new Champions League peaks in Italy, just four days after Manchester City left their supporters feeling as flat as a mountaineering holiday in Holland. Already qualified for the knockout stages, a win in Turin would guarantee City top slot in Group D, but any repeat of Saturday night’s lily-livered lethargy against Liverpool would see City hard pressed to beat Fray Bentos never mind Juventus. Abject, […]

Villa in crosshairs of Sky Blue Spanish Eyes

Fresh from creating a vision of Champions League wonderment in Seville’s architectural paradise, Manchester City’s focus now switches to demolishing a domestic Villa in not-so beautiful Birmingham. City’s exquisitely crafted 3-1 victory in Spain cemented the foundations of what promises to be their best ever Champions League campaign, and underpinned the strength in depth of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad. Hewn from an irresistible blend of Hispanic, Latino and European influences, City […]

City figuring out 50th Manchester derby win

Manchester City’s most recent Premier League outings have resulted in landslide victories of 6-1 and 5-1 – score lines that resonate well beyond wins over Newcastle United and Bournemouth. Of course, the figures also add up to City’s biggest ever league wins over their hated foe from Trafford Borough – 1-6 on January 23rd, 1926, more recently the famous ‘Sick Swan’ on October 23rd, 2011 – both on enemy territory, […]

City’s soft spot for Bournemouth's beachgoers

The joy of Sergio Aguero’s sensational goals tsunami against a hapless Toon Army was swept away as Manchester City’s number one marksman cut a stricken figure on a South American stretcher. Just five days after racing to the quickest five-goal haul in Premier League history, the Argentine superstar’s torn hamstring plunged City fans into pools of despair, while media pundits salivated at the prospect of the Sky Blues’ Premier and Champion’s […]

Manuel plans Magpie murder in Manchester

If somebody said Manchester City had every chance of topping the Premier League – at least seven points clear of Chelsea – going into the second international break of the season, who in sky blue, wouldn’t have taken it? By the same token, how many City fans would have turned down the prospect of a historic Champions League win on German soil and being well poised in a very challenging […]

Pellegrini orders tasty Saturday night takeaway

Heartburn and the aftertaste of a disagreeable ‘Italian’ should be replaced with easier to digest domestic fair, as Manchester City re-focus on the ‘bread and butter’ of the Premier League. Juventus’ 2-1 Champions League win at the Etihad still sticks in the throat, but City have to move on and gobble up a win at the expense of West Ham’s jellied eels, pie and mash brigade. Much has been written […]

Champions League on hold - City must beware of Hornet’s sting

Self belief, sighs of relief, old scores to settle and some twists of transfer irony, the Champions League draw had it all and more for Manchester City. As ever, City have one of the most challenging of the eight groups, but at least it doesn’t involve the monotony of encounters with Bayern Munich for a fourth time in five seasons, or hostilities with the malignant Muscovites of CSKA for a third […]

City aim for high five advantage & £100m splash before deadline day!

Crisp, stylish and uncluttered – Manchester City’s opening night performance of 2015/16 was a sublime reflection of their new sky blue & white strip – a subtle combination of retro elegance and contemporary flair. Of course first impressions can be deceptive, as a re-invigorated Yaya Toure would readily testify. The giant Ivorian’s brace was later reduced to just the one stunning strike – courtesy of David Silva’s passive heel – […]

Same time, same place but no sense of déjà vu - Man City v QPR

Two years and 362 days ago Queen’s Park Rangers came to the Etihad Stadium, desperately seeking a result to dig themselves out of the relegation mire. Their hosts just needed to win to ensure their first ever Premier League crown and be acclaimed as Champions of England after a 44-year wait. Three years on, and both Manchester City and QPR would happily embrace the circumstances that prevailed on May 13th, […]

Beat the Reds and City can still give Chelsea the blues! Man Utd v Man City

As Manchester City target a fourth consecutive derby day victory at Old Trafford this Sunday they could yet beat Chelsea to coveted silverware this season. After 6-1, 2-1 and 3-0 wins over Manure at The Swamp, City know that doing the league double over their despised foe will just about represent the highlight of a bewilderingly disappointing season. Sadly for Manuel Pellegrini and his underachieving squad, the only way City […]