City out to net capital gain – Man City v Sheffield Wednesday

Manchester City embark on their first domestic cup campaign of the season against Wednesday on a Wednesday, conscious of the need to win and avoid a ‘mourn day’ Thursday.

Manuel Pellegrini’s mantra of wanting to win every competition City enter is laudable, especially when so many Premier League managers are all too quick to send out a starting XI of fringe and youth team players.

Keep the Cup - Having won the Capital One Cup City fancy the idea of retaining it. Courtesy @MCFC

Keep the Cup – Having won the Capital One Cup City fancy the idea of retaining it. Courtesy @MCFC

The very last thing the Chilean boss wants to see is City’s trophy cabinet emptying, at a time when they need to get back to winning ways and hold on to last season’s capital gains.

A Sheffield Wednesday side riding high in the Championship and egged on by a parliament of owls, with 6,000 ‘Yorkies’ making the trans-Pennine trek, have nothing to lose.

Perched just three points off the top of the table, Stuart Gray’s team have lost just one of 10 competitive matches this season, including knocking out Premier League new boys, Burnley, in the previous round.

Missing - Goal machine Sergio misses the visit to Sheffield Wednesday due to injury. Courtesy@MCFC

Missing – Goal machine Sergio misses the visit to Sheffield Wednesday due to injury. Courtesy@MCFC

City will however, make changes to the team that took on Chelsea, with three of them enforced. Fernando is still missing with a groin problem, as is Jovetic with a hamstring injury, but Aguero, Nasri and Silva will also be absent nursing knocks.

Pellegrini will presumably take the opportunity to keep Hart, Kompany and Yaya fresh for City’s encounter with Yorkshire’s top team – Hull City – on Saturday.

Willy gets Etihad outing - Caballero looks a certainty in goal. Courtesy @MCFC

Willy gets Etihad outing – Caballero looks a certainty in goal. Courtesy @MCFC

Whether he will run the risk of playing Boyata and Nastasic is debateable, when he could try out a new centre back combination of Mangala and Demichelis. Sagna will play in place of Zabaleta – the unlucky Argentine warrior suspended for his second cup tie inside a week.

In truth the 3rd round Capital One Cup tie has done City a favour and ensured Zaba is available for the Hull fixture. Clichy should complete the back four.

Zaba’s countryman, Willy Caballero, will make his competitive debut in place of Hart.

Outstanding  - hopefully Mangala has started as he means to go on  with a stunning debut in English football. Courtesy@MCFC

Outstanding – hopefully Mangala has started as he means to go on with a stunning debut in English football. Courtesy@MCFC

Kolarov could find himself in a more advanced slot on the left in a five man midfield comprising ‘Super Frankie’ Lampard, Fernandino, James Milner and Jesus Navas.

Edin Dzeko may be forced to play as a lone striker, simply because Aguero and Jovetic are unavailable and The Beast has long since departed, along with his fractured metatarsal. Negredo wouldn’t have played until the end of next month at the earliest.

Scott Sinclair might figure at some stage and it could mean the elite of City’s Elite Development Squad, youngsters of the calibre of striker Jose Angel Pozo, making it to the bench.

Edin could be City's lone striker but with plenty of midfield back-up. Courtesy@MCFC

Edin could be City’s lone striker but with plenty of midfield back-up. Courtesy@MCFC

With Capital Cup shocks galore this season – Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United – (sorry make that just the two shocks, the MK Dons were always going to thrash Louis’ Gaalacticos) – City run the risk of going the same way if the motivation levels aren’t right.

Rewind to the home defeat by massively unfancied Wigan in the FA Cup Quarter Finals, to witness what happens when complacency creeps in.

Get back to winning ways - Jesus Navas was goal provider for goal machine Aguero during City's last win - a 3-1 victorty at the Etihad. Courtesy@MCFC

Get back to winning ways – Jesus Navas was goal provider for goal machine Aguero during City’s last win – a 3-1 victorty at the Etihad. Courtesy@MCFC

It’s now one day shy of a month since City last won when they beat Liverpool 3-1. Two draws and two 1-0 defeats have followed, so a win against Wednesday would break the cycle and, more importantly, allow City to maintain their grip on Pellegrini’s first trophy in the English game.

#TrustOurMP

By David Walker

 

www.readbutneverred.com @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu

 

 

12 Comments

  1. September 24, 2014  7:28 am by Glenn Kavanagh Reply

    I always liked the league cup. I was delighted we won it last year. There's no "small" cups in my eyes. Hopefully we can go all the way again. The league cup always has cracking games. I hear good things about pozo it would be nice to get a good look at him.

    • September 24, 2014  9:01 am by David Walker Reply

      Yes, the League Cup always has a place in the hearts of City fans. As I recall we nabbed Pozo from Real Madrid so it'll be interesting to see if he gets an outing.

  2. September 24, 2014  7:49 am by Guvnor Reply

    If you have any say, convince someone to leave Boyata out, never known such a poor player staying at a club so long when not playing.
    Great read again Mr Walker

    • September 24, 2014  9:00 am by David Walker Reply

      Needless to say, but I'll say it all the same, I have no say whatsoever, but I totally agree. Dedryck survives simply because he qualifies as 'homegrown'. He was once a promising prospect, but alas no more.

  3. September 24, 2014  9:58 am by Toby Teasdale Reply

    I love your enthusiasm David, if there is a bigger City fan I've yet to meet him or her. Lets see what the B team can do, most of whom should be out to prove a point!

    Unfortunately it will feel like a home game for the Owls.

    Blades Cutlers and Owls. But did you know (I didn’t till I looked it up) Sheffield Wednesday are also known as the pigs? It seems part of the 10 acre field (Olive Grove I think) where they started playing league football used to be a pig farm. Wednesday fans deny it of course and say the soubriquet belongs to Sheffield United because, playing in red and white stripes, they resemble streaky bacon! Obviously, whichever team it is has my avatar's support.

    Here piggy, piggy, piggy.

    • September 24, 2014  10:45 am by David Walker Reply

      Cheers TT - not one of my most creative pieces - it was late - but it'd be wrong to ignore the fixture as we all enjoyed our Wembley win last March and obviously you have to be in it to win it. Still a potential banana skin as City's ranks begin to thin out with 5 injured players. Nonetheless, with the right application and a work ethic of 'If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing properly', we will hopefully figure in the 4th Round draw. Owls or pigs, they still need putting to bed...e.g. pigs in blankets.

  4. September 24, 2014  11:26 am by Richard Cooper Reply

    Like a lot of people I enjoy all cup ties, be it the now called Capital One Cup or the Europa League. A football club is in the business of winning trophies and this is one I would like to retain, but of course there are people who for years have competed in the top competions and pour scorn on the so called mickey mouse cups , but not me or the always enthusiastic Mrs C !.
    Am sure there are many others who enjoyed that second leg game at Liverpool (was it 3 years ago ?) or were singing "Istanbul, Istanbul, we are coming" share these sentiments.
    I don't think it will be that easy tonight, but should have enough to see us through to the next round whatever team MP puts on the pitch.

    • September 24, 2014  11:34 am by David Walker Reply

      Here's hoping so. I must admit until I took a closer look at The Championship table I hadn't realised Wednesday were doing as well as they obviously are this season. The noise that the away fans will generate will be inspirational for the Owls and will probably outweigh the volume of the home support if Wednesday put on a gutsy showing. Whoever wears sky blue tonight has to be aware it'll need a proper performance to see us through to the 4th Round.

  5. September 24, 2014  12:21 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Good read as always Dave. I know its only a minor trophy but i would still like to win it again. Hope MP wont weaken side to much & we can put this to bed early then maybe take some off. It will be good to see Jose start we need to start bring some of the academy guys through in my opinion. Just a footnote my mate was telling anyone that would listen when Frankie came on that he wouldn't score against Chelsea that he would deliberate miss rather than score. Boy did he have egg on his face big style when Super Frankie put ball in.

    • September 24, 2014  2:33 pm by David Walker Reply

      I never envisaged Frankie would play against Chelsea when he signed up. Who knows he might have done had Fernando and Jovetic not been injured. However he he proved he is professional beyond all measure - so now he can score a winning hat-trick in Jose's back garden in late January before going off to the Big Apple - now wouldn't that be golden & delicious!

  6. September 24, 2014  2:03 pm by Graham Ward Reply

    That mooted XI isn't far from my thoughts either, although I think Boyata will play at centre half alongside Demichelis. Nasty seems completely out of the picture, I recall it being mentioned on City TV that he didn't travel to Munich, so I can't see him playing any part at all.
    It's still a pretty fair selection, with, I think, the likes of Kompany, Mangala, and Toure on the bench if required.

    • September 24, 2014  2:36 pm by David Walker Reply

      Not sure what Nastasic has done so wrong. My thinking is it gives MP a chance to get Mangala and Demichelis 'acquainted' in play. Let's face it Eliaquim doesn't need to prove he's match fit - if he wasn't match fit on Sunday then God help Premier League forwards when he is!

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