Category archives: Match Preview

MAN CITY v AJAX - City need to 'pep' up for Mancini

Manchester City are no different from the overwhelming majority of teams in the world in that they would love to play like Barcelona and emulate the success of the Spanish giants. Unlike most teams though, City have appointed the top executive team of Ferran Soriano and Txiki Bergiristain the duo that, along with President Joan Laporta, led Barca to their glorious recent history. The Catalan connection is destined to take […]

WEST HAM v MAN CITY - Mancini's men to show their mettle

The Premier League’s only undefeated team could make a Saturday night charge to top the table if they can hammer the ‘Irons’. Manchester City may have lacked the swagger of champions in recent games but, with a quarter of the season gone, Roberto Mancini’s curiously maligned men are within striking distance of the PL summit. With the benefit of a week of playing inactivity, City welcome back two of their […]

MAN CITY v SWANSEA - City in crisis? Don't be daft

Manchester City should be ok today as long as it’s made clear to Roberto Mancini and his first team squad that a team from a ‘foreign’ country does NOT always represent insurmountable European opposition! Forgive the sardonic comment but it’s odds on City will contrive to deliver a singularly underwhelming performance if there’s even a hint of the continent about their opponents. Non-English Swansea, thankfully, don’t qualify. Michael Laudrup’s side […]

AJAX v MAN CITY - City on a mission - DAMBUSTERS!

As reigning champions of England and the Netherlands, Manchester City and Ajax are waging almost carbon copy defences of their domestic crowns. Both remain undefeated and yet both are perceived to be under-performing in their respective leagues.  Ajax have won four and drawn five of their nine games so far, whereas City have won five and drawn three of their opening eight fixtures. Whether that is a harsh judgment – […]

WBA v MAN CITY - Deja vu...but with a different outcome

For the second time in the space of five weeks Manchester City face a tough domestic spat quickly followed by a more cultured contest on the continent – but they’ll need to do better this time out. City’s star spangled squad has to cope with the blood and thunder of West Bromwich Albion and the subtle sophistication of Ajax in the next few days. It’s almost a carbon copy of […]

MAN CITY v SUNDERLAND - Keep it clean!

An inability to keep clean sheets is the main talking point surrounding Manchester City, as they prepare to face the team that did them the most damage en-route to becoming champions last season. Martin O’Neill’s ‘Black Cats’ come to Fortress Etihad ready to pounce on any opportunity to compound the discomfort of City’s back line and go one better than the point they snared in a spectacular 3-3 draw in […]

MAN CITY v BORUSSIA DORTMUND - Mancini needs home front win

Defeatists might suggest that Manchester City’s encounter with Borussia Dortmund will, at best, help decide who finishes as runners-up in the Champion’s League ‘Group of Death’. The clever money is on Real Madrid to emerge as Group winners and Dutch champions Ajax finishing bottom, leaving City in a straight dogfight with the Bundesliga & German Cup double winners. Any team that can annihilate Bayern Munich and win back-to-back Bundesliga titles […]

FULHAM v MAN CITY - City to stem goal flow by the Thames

For the first time in nearly six months, Manchester City go into a match off the back of a domestic defeat and four games without a win – an unpalatable scenario for perfectionist Roberto Mancini. Equally unfamiliar is the prospect of kicking off against higher placed Premier League opposition with Fulham one notch above City in sixth position. Mercifully, the domestic reversal in question was limited to the ‘Capital Punishment’ […]

MAN CITY v ARSENAL - City go gunning for glory

Who will ever forget the incredulous scenes as Sergio Aguero wheeled away triumphantly, stripped to the waist, shirt whirring in the air proclaiming Manchester City as Premier League champions after the winner against QPR? Amid wild celebrations – seen the world over – City clinched the title accompanied by the now legendary ‘Agueeeerrroooooo’ commentary and iconic footage. Contrast that with the final whistle at the Emirates Stadium just 35 days […]

REAL MADRID v MAN CITY - From Macclesfield to Madrid

When Manchester City step out to face Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium tomorrow night it will arguably be the high point of the club’s 118 year history. The clash of the champions of Europe’s two most prestigious leagues – La Liga and the Premier League – comes almost 14 years to the day since City were at their lowest ebb, languishing in the third tier of English football. […]