Category archives: Match Preview

Manuel’s Self Preservation Society - Man City v AS Roma

Back in 1979 the Monty Python team asked, ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ The supposedly rhetorical question from the fictional ‘People’s Front of Judea’, drew unexpected answers in the hilarious film ‘Life of Brian’. The Romans who were being derided by John Cleese & Co had actually provided the Jews with the aqueduct, sanitation, roads, irrigation, medicine, education, wine, public baths, law & order and peace! Okay, […]

Let’s be Frank! - Hull City v Man City

Arsene’s whinging and Maureen’s continuing to moan about Manchester City, so it’s nice to confirm that Hypocrites United are still ever fearful of the Champions of England. Speaking of United, dear old Sir Baconface only started being ‘nice’ to Whinger when he perceived Arsenal were no longer a threat, so God forbid Arsenic and Moanrinho are ever overly pleasant about Pellegrini. You have to love the idiocy of Wenger’s press conferences when […]

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. The very last thing the Chilean […]

Can Manuel silence moaning Maureen? - Man City v Chelsea

Maureen’s been at it again! Moanrinho has excelled himself, managing to plummet to new depths of hypocrisy. He has the fawning media masses hanging on his every word as he trots out his pathetic ‘mind games’…with all the psychological subtlety of a colonic irrigation procedure, via a turbo-charged vacuum cleaner. His ‘special need’ to be heard has to be accommodated as table-topping Chelsea prepare to take on the Champions of […]

Ein zwei drei – here we go again - Bayern Munich v Man City

Be the best team in England they said, qualify for the Champions League they said, explore Europe and broaden your horizons they said…they didn’t say it would be back to Bayern Munich for the third time in four seasons. Nonetheless, it would be wrong to say the thrill of a trip to the magnificent spectacle of the Allianz Arena has worn thin. It’s more a barometer of how far City have […]

This time it's for real - Arsenal v Man City

When 13 men in sky blue and one in banana yellow masqueraded as the Champions of England on a sunny summer Sunday afternoon at Wembley, the travelling masses shrugged off a 3-0 embarrassment to Arsenal’s smoking guns. The 25,000 or so Manchester City fans consoled themselves knowing that the Community Shield didn’t really matter. It wasn’t a barometer for how the reigning champions would fare in the season that lay […]

M&M – The massive difference between Manuel and Mark – Man City v Stoke City

Manchester City’s meteoric evolution comes into sharp perspective today when Manuel Pellegrini’s side face Stoke, managed by Mark Hughes, the City boss when ‘the money’ first swept in from Abu Dhabi. The speed of change since September 2008 at the then named, City of Manchester Stadium, means it’s more apt to describe the Sky Blues’ transformation, as revolutionary, but like many historical revolts, things didn’t always go to plan. Hughes […]

Manuel minds his own business - Man City v Liverpool

It was the culmination of the media’s Liverpool love-fest, the precursor to Steven Gerrard’s seemingly God given right to win the Premier League, and the climax of the rehabilitation of Luis Suarez, his cannibalistic ways deemed a thing of the past. It was Sunday April 13, 2014 and 44,000 Scouse supporters had seen their pre-match prophecies of ‘We’re gonna win the league…’ just about come to fruition. It was Brendan […]

City go for 10 out of 10 - Newcastle Utd v Man City

There’s lies, damned lies and statistics, but if Manchester City could have chosen their opening fixture opponents Manuel Pellegrini would most likely have plumped for the Magpies. An away win for the Champions today would make it 10 wins out of the last 10 Premier League games against Newcastle, stretching City’s unbeaten league run to 16 when facing The Toon. Pellegrini kicked off his managerial career in England with a […]

Pellegrini to blow away windbag Wenger and Hurricane Bertha

It used to be called the Charity Shield with match receipts from the traditional season curtain-raiser of Champions and FA Cup victors going to worthy causes. Manchester City and Arsenal will contest the re-named ‘Community’ Shield – very apt given the distinct lack of anything even remotely charitable emanating from the meanie-mouthed Arsene ‘Whinger’ Wenger, whenever City are the topic of conversation. The Arsenal boss just can’t help himself when […]