Category archives: Match Preview

City go for record-breaking 10/10 - Man City v Burnley

Resolute, resurgent and resourceful, Manchester City are 90 minutes away from becoming record-breakers as they go seeking a 10th consecutive win in all competitions. Injury ravaged and stripped bare of strikers, Manuel Pellegrini has steered City through a remarkable renaissance over the past 48 days, a period that has seen the points pile up, both home and away in domestic and European competition. Having weathered the winter storms of West […]

Can City bounce the boing boing Baggies for 7th win on the spin ? - WBA v Man City

Having come within 90 minutes of topping the Premier League at Christmas, Manchester City could find themselves six points behind leaders Chelsea when they kick off on Boxing Day. Such fine margins illustrate the task facing Manuel Pellegrini’s side, as they go for their seventh PL win on the spin and ninth consecutive victory. After confounding their critics, overcoming the odds in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico and progressing in the Champions League, […]

Professionalism can beat Palace...not the 'C' word - Man City v Crystal Palace

Character is a word often abused in football parlance. How often do we hear a player or a manager, a pundit or a commentator trot out how a team has shown ‘character’, simply because they’ve been a goal or two behind, staged a ‘comeback’ and earned a draw or a win? The noun is bandied around like confetti at a wedding where all the guests have taken advantage of the ‘buy […]

Rome in ruins, now City go for Leicester's Legions - Leicester City v Man City

Manchester City’s strength in depth is amply demonstrated in that Manuel Pellegrini could recall Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Stevan Jovetic, Aleksander Kolarov, Bacary Sagna and Frank Lampard for the visit to Leicester City – none of whom started that glorious night in Rome. The City boss is spoilt for choice as injuries heal and suspensions don’t apply, but he has to strike the right balance between fresh legs […]

Forza Pellegrini - AS Roma v Man City

Manchester City know what they have to do if they are to perform their own version of the Great Escape, and progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League. Despite some illogical mathematically challenged elements of the anti-City media claiming it’s a ‘must win’ game, Manuel Pellegrini’s men know that a score draw will see them through, provided CSKA Moscow lose in Munich. City are in the uncomfortable position […]

Beating the bogeymen & Team GB - Man City v Everton

Having finally slain Sunderland at the Stadium of Light at the sixth time of asking, Manchester City come up against opponents who, until recent times, were City’s biggest baddest bogey team on the planet. As the festive period approaches there’s a fair comparison to be drawn with City, the Black Cats , Everton and a certain Ebeneezer Scrooge. Prior to Wednesday night’s joyous 4-1 walloping on Wearside, Sunderland were very […]

No City Blunderland in Stadium of Fright - Sunderland v Man City

Manchester City might be due a welcome break when it comes to the lifting of football hoodoos in and from the North East of England. Just as Manuel Pellegrini’s champions suggest they are able, ready and more than willing to retain their Premier League title, they lose their influential on-field leader and travel away to their bogiest of bogey sides. Captain Fantastic, Vincent Kompany is ruled out of the annual […]

Time to soil Saints' clean sheets - Southampton v Man City

Four wins in a demanding quartet of games would go a long way to decontaminating a season that many believe could yet become a toxic wasteland for Manchester City. Having lost their grip on the League Cup, they have fallen nine points behind domestic table-toppers Chelsea and progression in the Champions League depends on a do-or-die gladiator clash with the Romans next month. Up next are Southampton and Sunderland away, […]

Time to balance the Bavarian books - Man City v Bayern Munich

If a team was a victory away from a 50% win ratio over the mighty Bayern Munich many would say that it was a pretty good record. Given the heritage and present day standing of the Bundesliga leaders and five time European Champions, it could be considered as something of an achievement if Manchester City edge out the Germans at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening. Achievement is not a […]

Fruit & nut on the menu - QPR v Man City

A fixture that could once have been regarded as easy as picking low hanging fruit, is now a potential banana skin for Premier League Champions Manchester City. Invariably where there’s fruit there’s often a nut, and one Joseph Barton, pseudo philosopher, tweeter extraordinaire and England footballer of 12 minutes standing, will be present as QPR take on City at Loftus Road. Joey’s sole senior international appearance came as a 78th […]