Category archives: Match Preview

Move the bus along - Champions coming through! MAN CITY v WEST HAM

According to Sam Allardyce he’ll be doing the whole country a favour if his West Ham side beat Manchester City and pave the way for a Liverpool title triumph. The bus parking consultant from Dudley believes every neutral fan wants the Merseysiders as champions and, on a personal level, Fat Sam wants  ‘Stevie Geeeeeeeeeeee’ with a Premier League winner’s medal around his neck come Sunday evening because ‘he deserves it.’ […]

Manuel bans the 'C' word - MAN CITY v ASTON VILLA

A conspicuous absence of the ‘C’ word at the Etihad Stadium should see Manchester City emerge as heroes and not villains, in the penultimate game of this, the most pulsating of Premier League finales. Complacency is the only conceivable obstacle to a City win that would send them two points clear at the top of the table tonight. Anything less than maximum points would be a self-inflicted football crime and […]

City seek title heaven on Highway to Hell - EVERTON v MAN CITY

Trips down the East Lancs Road to Merseyside, whilst not pointless, are often less than meaningful for Manchester City. That has to have changed by 19.30hrs today if Manuel Pellegrini’s men want to remain masters of their own Premier League destiny. It’s an amazing 13-day turnaround of fortunes for City who, if they can slay their bogiest of big bad bogey sides, will be just 180 minutes away from a […]

Manuel who? - CRYSTAL PALACE v MAN CITY

What, with the demise of  that ‘decent man’ David Moyes, preparations for Queen Brenda’s coronation and the onset of the ‘Giggs Era’, it’s little wonder that a team who could yet be the champions of England have been absent from the scrutiny of the impartial football media. Granted, by Sunday evening I could be fully certified and carted off to the nearest sanatorium but, as things stand, if Jose Mourinho’s […]

Could Mourinho throw Pellegrini a title lifeline? - MAN CITY v WBA

It would be a perverse irony if Manuel Pellegrini’s nemesis became his saviour, albeit by proxy. It’s only two letters, but ‘if’ is a word with wide ranging and far reaching consequences, especially in relation to the Premier League title tussle, one of the most intriguing for many a year. If Jose Mourinho can breach the Anfield fortress of the nearly ordained champions-elect, and if Manchester City can emerge with […]

MP needs maximum points for Mission Possible! MAN CITY v SUNDERLAND

The game of football was the winner when Manchester City finally overcame Sunderland’s stoical resistance to win the League Cup at Wembley just 45 days ago. The Mackems, having dumped Chelsea and Manchester United out en-route to the Capital One showpiece in the capital city, produced a battling display that warmed the hearts of the invading red and white-striped hordes, who outnumbered their sky blue counterparts. Gus Poyet’s side lost […]

Low depression forecast as sky blue storm sweeps in from the east - LIVERPOOL v MAN CITY

Fuelled by the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy and euphoric ‘champions-elect’ expectations, Liverpool are riding a tidal wave of emotion…but they’re heading straight into a sky blue storm. The short range forecast for Merseyside has become clouded by the giddy highs of recent weeks and an unexpected depression is about to hit, and hit hard, mid-afternoon on Sunday. Very few are predicting it, but a massive low is anticipated […]

Maximum points on City's lunch menu - MAN CITY v SOUTHAMPTON

It’s quite bizarre that Manchester City are still the bookies’ favourites for the Premier League title… surely Liverpool won it last Sunday didn’t they, when they demolished Spurs 4-0? Oh, I’m sorry the Scousers haven’t actually won it yet… but you’d never believe it from the scenes at Anfield and the media’s sycophantic slobbering all over Brendan Rodgers and the ubiquitous ‘Stevie Gee’. For Premier League chief Richard Scudamore, it […]

City aim to keep it clean - ARSENAL v MAN CITY

When Manchester City stuck six past the then table-topping Gunners in the run up to Christmas, it was all about goals, goals and more goals as the Sky Blues homed in on the quickest 100 scored in the Premier League era. It’s been a season festooned with 133 so far, 79 in the league and a further 54 in cup competitions. With nine games still to play, albeit with some […]

City to chip away Chelsea’s advantage - MAN UTD v MAN CITY

If you’re an optimist having ‘games in hand’ is as good as having I.O.U notes – it’s only a matter of time before you call them in – money in the bank so to speak or, more appropriately, points in the bag. With a three game ‘advantage’ on Chelsea and having played two games less than Liverpool and Arsenal, it’s time for Manchester City to start ‘cashing in their chips’ […]