Category archives: Match Preview

MAN CITY v LIVERPOOL - No margin for Mancini error

Liverpool’s domination of English football is long gone, so too is Manchester City’s painfully-earned, well deserved reputation for contriving to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Despite the contrasting fortunes of the Reds of Merseyside and the Blues of Manchester in recent times, it’s perhaps surprising that Roberto Mancini’s side still find it a struggle to be wholly dominant when the teams clash. Granted City have recorded convincing 3-0 […]

QPR v MAN CITY - City to give 'Arry a ton of trouble

In form Manchester City will be hoping to celebrate a Premier League century with a difference by inflicting the 100th top flight defeat on Queens Park Rangers. With a perfect record in 2013 comprising five wins, 11 scored and none conceded, City head to Loftus Road looking for a re-run of  recent encounters between the two sides, having emerged victorious and hitting three goals on each occasion. If Roberto Mancini’s […]

STOKE CITY v MAN CITY - City to smash 14 years of Potteries pain

Fresh from ending a 37-year win famine at the Emirates, Manchester City go to one of their unhappiest of hunting grounds seeking progress in the FA Cup. Acknowledged as having the most effective 12th man in English top flight football, Stoke City will be banking on the vociferous Britannia Stadium crowd to help ease their passage into the 5th round of the Cup. It’s 14 years almost to the day […]

We CAN win the title - Mancini

Ahead of Manchester City’s vital 4th Round FA Cup tie at Stoke, #ReadbutNeverRed catches up with City Manager, Roberto Mancini as he reflects on just over three years in Manchester…which all began with a 2-0 victory…over Stoke Taking the easy route to success has never been an option for Roberto Mancini either as a player or as a manager. As the boss of Manchester City – reputed to be the […]

MAN CITY v FULHAM - Snow joking - City CAN retain PL title

Roberto Mancini can reflect on a very satisfying start to 2013, with a 100% win record and the spectre of Pep Guardiola being laid to rest in respect of the Manchester City manager’s job. Ill informed media speculation proved to be just that, as the ex-Barcelona boss signed a three-year deal to go to Bayern Munich, thereby ending rumours of a summer switch to the Etihad. Despite intense hype that […]

ARSENAL v MAN CITY - City seek win to crack history

Manchester City return to the scene of last season’s darkest hour, facing an even worse scenario than their Easter Sunday loss at the Emirates in April 2012. A 1-0 defeat saw City drop eight points behind their hated rivals at the top of the Premier League with just six games to go. It was a bitter irony that on a day of profound religious symbolism, far from being resurrected, Mancini’s […]

MAN CITY v WATFORD - Spats and splits as City hit Cup trail

The prodigal son has survived yet another spat with the guiding light in his career…thus Mario Balotelli has every chance of playing for ManchesterCity as they begin their FA Cup quest. Schizophrenic Mario – ‘Mad’ or ‘Super’ depending on your perspective – literally got to grips with Roberto Mancini in training, much to the delight of the praying mantis paparazzi, who delight in presenting City in the worst possible light […]

MAN CITY v STOKE CITY - Bah Humbug - Mancini's men giving nothing away

References to Ebeneezer Scrooge are more readily associated with Christmas than New Year celebrations, but January 1st sees two of the Premier League’s meanest defences go head to head. Manchester City, under the tutelage of Roberto Mancini, have cultivated a defence tighter than comedian Jimmy Carr’s tax advisors over the past two seasons, enabling Joe Hart to win back-to-back ‘Golden Glove’ Awards for keeping the most ‘clean sheets’. With three goals conceded […]

NORWICH CITY v MAN CITY - Are City made of the right stuff?

If stuffed canary is off the menu at Carrow Road it really will turn into a Christmas most ‘fowl’ for Roberto Mancini’s ManchesterCity. Any failure to gobble up three precious points against NorwichCitycould see City emerge as lame ducks in the Premier League title race and looking like prize turkeys – all trussed up and nowhere to go. If ever City needed to recapture the form of last season, now […]

SUNDERLAND v MAN CITY - City in search of festive glow

For decades the term ‘Typical City’ was a dismissive derisory description of the blue side of Manchester. City were experts at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and as former playing legend, and later controversial chairman, Franny Lee once opined “If there was a cup for cock-ups, City would win it every time…” Not so nowadays, where self belief and an indefatigable drive to win typifies the character of […]