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Man City planning to spend big on de Ligt in summer transfer window

May 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Manchester City football club are in the shopping mode and are preparing to make a whopping £ 50 million bid for Matthijs de Ligt, the Ajax wonder kid, during the summer transfer window.

Although there is no shortage of central defenders in the Pep Guardiola’s side, as there are able central defenders such as John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany to guard the team’s half, everyone knows that the captain Kompany isn’t getting any younger at 32. Guardiola has identified a very able long-term replacement in the form of the Belgian player, for the Man City team.

To be chased during the upcoming summer transfer window

All teams are planning to put their houses in order during the upcoming summer transfer window. For those who may not be aware, the summer transfer window is expected to open around June 10, when the entire world would be prepping for the start of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Having mentioned the pinnacle event, it’s also worth mentioning that FIFA World Cup betting is as popular as the event itself, and punters everywhere keenly await its start every four years!

Manchester City stars have always shone bright for their respective countries at the FIFA World Cup and this time it’d be no different.

Coming back to de Ligt, regardless of being only 18, he is rated very highly at the Johan Cruyff Arena, considered by many as one of the best prospects to come out of Europe, after getting drafted into the Ajax’s first team in 2017. He is scheduled to play with Ajax until 2021 and they’d be expecting a hefty sum from anyone wanted to bid for the young defender. However, Man City believe that they have the means and strategy to somehow bring him on board.

Please note, it’s not just the Sky Blues who are targeting the player, even Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Arsenal have shown interest in the defender. Apparently, Man City is leading the race for the defender right now.

Anyone who follows Premier League regularly would know how he played a key role alongside Davinson Sanchez (now Tottenham defender) for Ajax during the last season.

Guardiola’s take

Upon being enquired about Vincent Kompany’s future at Man City, Pep Guardiola had to say, “We will see. We miss him when he is not fit. When he fit, he is one of the best central defenders I have seen in my life, from his personality to covering in the box.” However, when asked about his future after the Premier League victory, the captain said that he’s hungrier than ever!

“At the start of this season, there was problems. Hopefully, next season, that won’t happen. But it is the same case with Yaya Toure as it is with Vinny. They have already won three Premier Leagues. When you win three Premier Leagues, you have to start to talk about something serious because it is not easy to win one,” he further added.

On the whole, Pep’s take is that with regard to Vincent it depends entirely on him as well as his physical condition. The coach is of the opinion that the captain will be honest with himself to say if he can continue to play regularly or not.

Man City fancied to close in on title at Stoke

March 10, 2018 by · 1 Comment
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Manchester City visit Stoke City on Monday aiming to take another step towards winning this season’s Premier League title.

City blasted seven past Stoke back in October and it is hard to imagine them not completing the double at the bet365 Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side are 16 points clear of Manchester United with nine games to play, while Stoke are still in the bottom three after a turbulent season.

Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho could return for City, but the home side will be without Mame Biram Diouf, Lee Grant and Stephen Ireland.

City are priced at 2/9 to win the game, with Stoke on offer at 11/1. The draw is available at 5/1.

Stoke’s recent record against City will be a cause for concern for manager Paul Lambert, with the Potters winning just two of their previous 21 meetings in all competitions.

One win in their last 10 matches in the Premier League has left Stoke deep in trouble and with games against Everton, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to come over the next few weeks they desperately need to find a way to spring a surprise or two.

City’s 4-3 defeat at Liverpool during January remains their only league defeat of the season and they look a banker bet to move closer to the title on Monday.

The visitors have conceded just 10 goals in 14 league games away from home this term and can be backed with confidence at 10/11 to win to nil against Stoke.

Mancini Should Take a Long Hard Look in the Mirror

February 11, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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Manchester City now have virtually no chance of retaining the Premier League title unless something hilariously catastrophic happens over at Old Trafford. Don’t bother with the long-shot odds on City in the latest Premier League betting – if Chelsea were in any reasonable form, City would be looking over their shoulder instead of looking far into the distance.

The manager’s gut reaction to the recent defeat away at Southampton is to blame the players. Players who have been predominantly consistent throughout the time the Italian has been in charge of the side.

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Manchester City most likely to win Premier League

September 14, 2012 by · 1 Comment
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According to the prediction model developed by the CIES Football Observatory, Manchester City are most likely to win the Premier League in 2012/13 and finish ahead of rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.

The CIES model includes four main criteria for league success: international activity of players, their league experience, squad stability and the quality of signings.

The combination of all these elements suggests that the City, United and Arsenal have the best chances of finishing in the top three positions of the rankings, with City having the highest probability of winning the Premier League. City finishing in the top three in the Premier League this season looks to be as sure a bet as getting a four-of-a-kind hand at, but are they really the favourites for the title?

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City get the perfect Champions League group

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The champions of England have been drawn with the champions of Spain, Germany and Netherlands in their 2012/2013 Champions League group, giving Manchester City another ‘group of death’ to begin with.

There is no controversy here (or is there?) but it has more to do with City’s seeding in the Champions League and the fact that they are newcomers to the European stage, putting them in the second pot in UEFA’s seeding policy.

Still, when you consider that the only way this could have been a tougher draw was to have drawn an Italian team and the odds for getting such a tough draw were higher than the toughest casino games at Lucky Nugget, you wonder what City will need to do to progress beyond the group stages this year.

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Manchester City 2012-13 season preview

August 21, 2012 by · 1 Comment
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Winning the Premier League title is one thing, but Manchester City now face the tough test of defending their crown in 2012-13. With the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea strengthening this summer Roberto Mancini’s troops will have a job on their hands to top the pile once more, but the club is in a confident mood.

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Manchester City season review: A historic campaign for Roberto Mancini’s men

May 24, 2012 by · 1 Comment
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Manchester City ended a 44-year wait to be crowned as England’s top team in 2011-12, in what was a nail-biting but massively exciting campaign for the Etihad Stadium faithful. Premier League glory was the number one goal of the big-spending outfit, however it took last-day drama to ensure this ambition became reality. After a summer of strengthening City will look to push on next season, and although they are the newly-crowned English champions, dominance domestically and making waves on the continent (and new soccer footwear sponsorships, if they go by Dalglish’s mantra) will be their next objectives.

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Chelsea’s title hopes hang on their ability to stop Manchester City

December 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Premier League leaders Manchester City travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea this Monday, in an important game for both sides. The hosts can all but wave goodbye to their title aspirations with a defeat, whilst if the visitors are beaten they may see their lead at the top cut to two points going into a hectic festive season. The latest football betting odds have Chelsea as favourites at odds of 7/5, but City have been in excellent form domestically and will take some beating.

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Manchester City and life without the UEFA Champions League

December 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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The UEFA Champions League has come and gone in the blink of an eye for Manchester City this season as their otherwise magnificent season gets its first reality check. Roberto Mancini’s side have blitzed virtually every team in England on their way to the top of the Premier League table, the Carling Cup semi-finals as well as being in confident mood to dispose of rivals Manchester United in the FA 3rd round.

Which is why Wednesday night’s elimination from Europe’s premier competition comes as an even greater shock to the system of Blues’ fans but the hotels in Manchester will hardly be complaining since the Europa League will only confirm extra games for the Citizens to play. But Group A is in the past now and the Italian tactician must ensure his squad brimming full of superstars are focused on their domestic matters at hand as well as making sure his team do well in the Europa League.

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