Wigan v City – Blues Aiming For Fourth

September 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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City travel to Wigan on Sunday knowing that a good win could propel them into fourth in the Premier League table following Saturday’s results.

But the blues will have to produce a first win at the DW Stadium and their second win of the season if they want to place themselves among the early leaders of the Premiership. Away form will be a crucial factor for City this season and after an opening day draw at Spurs and defeat at Sunderland, City will be looking to secure a win against their Lancashire rivals.

Wigan have started to turn their season around in the last few weeks following their horror start to the season which saw them lose both their opening games of the season 4-0 to Blackpool and 6-0 to Chelsea, both at home.

Any win for City will leave them in fourth place by Sunday night, depending on Chelsea’s result against Blackpool and Liverpool’s score at home to Liverpool. A win for Wigan will lift The Latics out of the relegation zone.

Team News

City will give a late fitness test to Emmanuel Adebayor after the striker missed Thursday’s 2-0 win over Salzburg in Austria. Jerome Boateng looks likely to miss out again but Roque Santa Cruz is back in contention. The striker was not included in City’s 25 man European squad for this season.

Wigan have a doubt over Victor Moses but hope he will play some part in the game while Gary Caldwell will definitely miss the game through injury.

Teams

Wigan (From): Kirkland, Al Habsi, Gohouri, Stam, Boyce, Alcaraz, N’Zogbia, Diame, McArthur, Figueroa, Cleverley, McCarthy, Watson, Thomas, Rodallega, Boselli, Moses, Di Santo, Gomez, Golobart, S Caldwell.

Man City (From): Hart, Given, Taylor, Zabaleta, Richards, K Toure, Kompany, Boyata, Bridge, Cunningham, De Jong, Vieira, Wright-Phillips, Y Toure, Silva, Barry, Milner, Johnson, Tevez, Jo, Adebayor, Santa Cruz.

MCB Predictions:

Pete:

Although City don’t have a good record at Wigan, we’re due a win there soon and I think it will come on Sunday. City will rough it out against Wigan’s physical side and emerge with a 2-0 win courtesy of Carlos Tevez and David Silva

Wigan 0-2 City

Jake:

The DW Stadium hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for City over the years with our Premier League record standing at won two drew three and lost five. But Wigan have scored only once at home this season and I fancy our defence to stifle them tomorrow. City were solid and didn’t really have to reach top level on Thursday night to beat Salzburg, so hopefully the players will be fit and raring to go for tomorrow’s game. I fancy us to score a couple of goals tomorrow and take the three points back to Manchester. Carlos Tevez must be desperate to get a goal after his embarrassing miss against Sunderland and with his record against Wigan being five goals in six meetings, I fancy our captain to get us rolling tomorrow.

Prediction – Wigan Athletic 0 – 2 Manchester City (Tevez and Milner)   

Callum:

Much need 3 points. Anything else wouldn’t be enough. We played superbly in the week with some key players rested, and we need to carry on this momentum at a bit of a bogey team. Chelsea next so Mancini may be under a bit of pressure if we draw (or even lose!!) against Wigan. My prediction…

Wigan 0-3 Man City

Brian:

City should win 2 nil that’s if it’s the same City we all watched dismantle
Liverpool, if we get the Sunderland or Blackburn side may be cause for worry. I agree with Brian Kidd and his opinions on the team needing more time to gel as a unit but in football time is as valuable as 3 points in the Premier league race.
The away victory in Salzburg on Thursday night will give the team the lift and belief that Sundays game against Wigan is one that can won and 3 points put under the belt. With Spurs winning again today 3-1 against Wolves the pressure is on to step up the pace for the top 4 finish we City fans go to bed dreaming of.

C’mon City.

Wigan 0-2 City

City Seeking Revenge In Opener

August 13, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

Saturday 14th August 2010

Kick-off 1245

Revenge is a dish that is best served cold and City will be hoping to serve up their own, special recipe when they visit White Hart lane for the season opener.

It was Spurs who ended City’s bid for a fourth place finish when Peter Crouch scored to give them a 1-0 win at Eastlands in May but the blues will be confident of taking something from North London.

City have again invested heavily in the transfer market and will be looking to new signings Yaya Toure, David Silva, Jerome Boateng and Aleksander Kolarov to push City into the promised land of the top four and Champions League qualification.

Spurs will get a taste of what City want with a qualifying game against Swiss side Young Boys and have been linked with a host of City names over the summer, most notably Craig Bellamy, Stephen Ireland and Micah Richards.

Key Opponent – Jermain Defoe

The striker scored England’s goal in the win over Slovenia in the World Cup and is one of the most dangerous strikers around. City will need to keep him quiet if they are to take anything from North London.

Teams News:

City have an embarrassment of riches to choose from but the big question will be who he chooses between the sticks with Joe Hart challenging the fit again Shay Given. New signings Yaya Toure, David Silva, Jerome Boateng and Aleksander Kolarov are expected to make their debuts while Mario Balotelli will miss the game.

Spurs have injury problems with Jonathon Woodgate, Jamie O’Hara and David Bentley all missing the game.

Officials:

Referee: Andre Mariner

Assistants: Phil Sharp & Andy Newbold

Fourth Official: Peter Walton

OTBM Match Predictions

I am going for a stalemate in Saturday’s opener. I think both teams will attack and defend equally well so I’m going for a 2-2 draw.

Columnist Brian Roban

Like many city fans I’m excited and nervous about the early Saturday and first match of the 10/11 season. Last season Spurs did the double on us and the home game putting the coffin nail into forth place and champions league spot. This been fresh in the players mind and being the first game of the new campaign I believe City will go all out to shake off the ghost of Christmas past and show the anti city critics what is in store for the future. Spurs are no easy task at White Hart Lane, Harry has built and moulded a strong midfield and defence and with so many attacking options which we seen at Eastlands, every long ball Given drove up a Spurs player was there on it. If City can keep control of the midfield we certainly have the fire power up front to the damage. 

While my heart and dreams at night tells Me City will win 4-0, my brain says Rodney Marsh’s prediction of a 1-1 draw could be nearer the result. Going down to London I’m sure Mancini may well take a draw where it offered before kick off as he knows Tottenham are a force to be reckoned with. All that been said City have the players now. The players and city fans alike need the belief that it can and will be done.  Last season was a roller coaster of a ride at times but City were up there and this season with the new signings helping in the quality and depth of the squad it can spur ( excuse the pun ) us on to that coveted top 4 spot, and who knows but sure dreamt about a serious run at the title.

C’mon City.

Brian’s Prediction: 1-1

Columnist Callum Rothwell

I think the game will be very tough, I think Tottenham will be up for it, but both teams have a lot to lose. This game could decide 4th place already, and so a defeat for either team will be devastating. I think Tottenham will start off the better side, but we’ll get back into it towards the end of the first half, and snatch a 1-0 lead through Adebayor. Then I think the game will be more open in the second half, but City too strong and win 2-0, the other through Yaya Toure.

Callum’s Prediction: A 2-0 win for City

Columnist Jake Hartley 

The hugely anticipated opening clash with Tottenham is just days away after a long wait. I feel the game is going to be quite close as neither side will want to lose the opening fixture of the season. For City to win, I think a lot will depend on the fitness of the players returning from international duties and also if the new additions will fit comfortable into the premier league game. Personally, I would be happy with a draw, but if we want to be fighting to break into the champion’s league then to sneak a win would be great so early on in the season.

Jake’s Prediction – Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 Manchester City (Emmanuel Adebayor)

OTBM Regular Contributor Doe

This is a huge game for us considering how we lost out on 4th place to them last season, I expect nothing less than a 1-1 draw. But just like any blue, I’m completely aware and willing to be bias and predict a 1-2 win for city. No doubt there will be goals in this one; it’s just Harry’s style. The enigma is really how city will come out and play and I hope that will raise a few eyebrows.

Doe’s Prediction: A 2-1 win for City

OTBM Regular Contributor Real Mancs Are Blue

I predict a win for Tottenham. Our record against the Spuds is poor to say the least; in fact we have lost more time to them than any other club since the premiership began.
Combine the facts we will be fielding a team that has barely played together, Carlos Tevez once again whinging that he isn’t enjoying football and a defence that has barely played against premier league opposition, its going to be a tough game.
 
The battle worth watching will be Kolorov Vs Aaron Lennon, it will certainly give an indication of how well Kolorov will fair this season.
 
RMAB’s Prediction: I predict Tottenham to win 2-0

What do you think? Agree with our predictions or have one of your own? Let us know your thoughts.

In fact, as well as Fantasy Football, let’s start a predictions league. 3 points for a spot on score, one for the correct result but incorrect score. We’ll work out a league table somehow. All predictions must be received 5 minutes prior to kick off. 

Match Preview: City v West Ham

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City visit Upton Park for the final game of the season, looking for the point which will secure a fifth place finish.

The blues are two points clear of Aston Villa in sixth place but have a far better goal difference that the Midlands outfit and one point in East London will be enough to secure their highest finish since 1992.

But City manager Roberto Mancini will be looking for a win to finish the season after a run of four games that has yielded just four points, which has meant missing out on a place in the top four and next season’s Champions League qualifiers.

The Hammers Premier League future was secured after they beat Wigan 3-2 in their last home game and will be looking to end a dismal season on a high. The Hammers have struggled to perform this season and manager Gianfranco Zola was rumoured to be facing the axe and his fate will be decided at the end of the season.

Team News

City will be without England men Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott, as well as Ireland’s Shay Given and Stephen Ireland. Michael Johnson and Martin Petrov are still out.

West Ham will be without Jack Collinson, Valon Behrami, Keiron Dyer, Heria Ilunga and Zavon Hines.

Form:

West Ham: DWLWL

City: WLDWL

Over The Blue Moon Prediction: West Ham 1-3 City

Was toying with a draw but I think City will want to make the Hammers pay for the blues failure to make fourth place with a good win.

City v Spurs

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City take on Spurs in a match that will have a huge bearing on who finishes fourth in this season’s Premiership.

A win for City, together with victory at West Ham on Sunday will guarantee Champions League football next season at Eastlands, while a Spurs win will leave the Londoners four points clear of City going into the weekend’s final games.

Spurs will be looking to win fourth place after they were denied on the final day of the 2005/06 season when many of their players fell ill through food poisoning prior to their final game, ironically at West Ham, City’s final opponents.

City boss Roberto Mancini has responded to his Spurs counterpart’s comments about the pressure being on City by saying “There is no pressure. It is a football match, not a war. Wednesday’s game will probably decide where we finish this season. If we win we have probably a 70-80% of getting fourth.”

Team News

City will be without Joleon Lescott who was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury, while Michael Johnson and Martin Petrov are also still injured. Marton Fulop will play his second game in place of the injured Shay Given. Gareth Barry could also return to the team after missing

Former City defender Vedran Corluka and Nico Kranjcar both have ankle injuries while Carlo Cudicini has a broken wrist and will miss the game. So too will Jonathan Woodgate who is out with a groin strain. Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is doubtful as is Ledley King.

Teams:

City (from): Nielsen, Fulop, Onuoha, Richards, Kay, Boyata, Kompany, Toure, Bridge, Garrido, Sylvinho, Adam Johnson, Cunningham, Zabaleta, De Jong, Barry, Vieira, Bellamy, Wright-Phillips, Tevez, Santa Cruz, Adebayor, Ibrahim, Nimely.

Spurs (from): Gomes, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Kaboul, Huddlestone, Bentley, Lennon, Modric, Pavlyuchenko Gudjohnsen, Defoe, Crouch, Jenas, Alnwick, Palacios, Bassong, Walker, Rose, Livermore.

League Form (Last Five)

City: WWLDW

Spurs: LWWLW

Over The Blue Moon Prediction: City 1-0 Spurs

Both teams will go for the win but I predict City will edge a pulsating game

Round Four: Derby Day Match Preview

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Blue meets red as Manchester’s two clubs clash at Eastlands, with both eager for points to boost their relevant campaigns.

City will be looking for the win which will keep them in fourth place ahead of Spurs while United are sitting in second place attempting to keep pace with leaders Chelsea. The two clubs meet for the fourth time this season with United winning two and City one.

City have hit form at just the right time and have scored 14 goals in their last three games, while United seem to be stuttering towards the end of the season.

A win for City will be their fifth in the Premier League over United at Eastlands while the reds will take their tally to eight at Eastlands with victory.

Team News

Wayne Bridge could make a return at left back following a five match absence and the blues have also been boosted by the return to fitness of Stephen Ireland and Patrick Vieira, while Pablo Zabaleta is also available following his two match suspension.

Michael Johnson and Martin Petrov are still out with knee injuries while Joleon Lescott is struggling with a hamstring problem.

United hope to have Wayne Rooney available following an ankle injury, while Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand are both doubtful through injury, but Wes Brown, Nani and Michael Owen are definitely out.

Form (Last Five):

City: WLWWW 

United: WWWLD

Referee: Steve Bennett

OTBM Prediction: City 3-2 United

Another tight game that the blues will edge. 

Team News: City v Birmingham

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City take on Birmingham in the final game of the weekend and with Spurs not playing Arsenal until Wednesday, it is a golden opportunity to consolidate fourth place and keep the pressure on the chasing pack to keep up.

Pablo Zabaleta will sit out the game as he serves the final match of his suspension while Micah Richards and Sylvinho are doubtful due to knee and calf injuries respectively.

Definitely out are Joleon Lescott, Martin Petrov and Michael Johnson, while Wayne Bridge and Stephen Ireland also miss the game through injury.

Lee Carsley is still out with an ankle injury for Birmingham. Defender David Murphy and Striker Garry O’Connor are also out injured while Joe Hart is unavailable to play against his employers, meaning Maik Taylor will deputise.

Teams:

Manchester City (from): Given, Nielsen, Richards, Zabaleta, Toure, Boyata, Kompany, Garrido, Sylvinho, Onuoha, Wright-Phillips, Bellamy, Barry, Vieira, De Jong, Johnson, Tevez, Adebayor, Santa Cruz, Ibrahim.

Birmingham (from): Taylor, Carr, Parnaby, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Gardner, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, Michel, Fahey, McFadden, Jerome, Benitez, Phillips, Tainio, Doyle.

League Form (Last Five):

City: DWLWW

Birmingham: DLLDD

Over The Blue Moon Prediction: City 4-0 Birmingham

Another high scoring game resulting in another three points for the blues. Feeling confident after predicting the Wigan score spot on.

 

 

Team News: Burnley v City

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City visit Turf Moor, knowing Burnley will make it a tough afternoon as the Clarets seek the points that will guide them to Premier League safety.

But the blues also need the points to keep pace with fourth placed Spurs as well as trying to keep the distance between them and Liverpool in fifth as they attempt to secure European football next season.

City have a good recent record at Burnley and the fans will be hoping for a repeat of the March 1999 success when they thrashed The Clarets 6-0 at Turf Moor on their way to promotion that season.

The blues will be without Stephen Ireland, who picked up an ankle injury during the defeat at home to Everton, while Wayne Bridge, Joleon Lescott, Michael Johnson and Martin Petrov are also out injured. Pablo Zabaleta sits out the match through suspension

Burnley’s former City defender Stephen Jordan is doubtful with a knee injury.

Teams

Burnley (from): Jensen, Mears, Jordan, Duff, Cort, Caldwell, Alexander, Elliott, McDonald, Nugent, Fletcher, Blake, Paterson, Eagles, Thompson, Bikey, Cork, Edgar, Carlisle, Fox, Weaver.

City (from): Given, Taylor, Richards, Zabaleta, Toure, Boyata, Kompany, Garrido, Sylvinho, Onuoha, Wright-Phillips, Bellamy, Barry, Vieira, De Jong, Johnson, Tevez, Adebayor, Santa Cruz, Ibrahim.

League Form (Last Five):

Burnley: LLDLL

City: WDWLW

Referee – Alan Wiley

Over The Blue Moon Prediction: Burnley 0-2 City

A tough game to end in a comfortable win for the blues.

Team News: City v Wigan

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City will aim to close the gap on Spurs when they entertain Wigan on Monday evening.

Victory for the blues will move them to within two points of the London club and one point clear of Liverpool, who regained fifth place with a 3-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday. City will also be looking to erase the memory of last Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Everton which meant the blues missed out on overtaking Spurs in fourth.

The blues welcome back Emmanuel Adebayor following the completion of his four match ban for his sending off at Stoke. Stephen Ireland is a doubt for the blues with a shin injury, while Wayne Bridge, Joleon Lescott, Michael Johnson and Martin Petrov are all sidelined through injury.

Wigan are just four points clear of the relegation zone but will go into the game having lost only one of four meetings in the Premier League. In their last game, Wigan needed three minutes of injury time to break the deadlock against fellow strugglers Burnley.

The Latics have virtually a full strength squad to select from. Only Emmerson Boyce and Charles N’Zogbia are doubtful through injury.

League Form (Last Five)

City: DWDWL

Wigan: LWLLW

Over The Blue Moon Prediction: City 3-0 Wigan

Traditionally, this fixture has ended 1-0 but City will change that tonight with a comprehensive victory.

Team News: City v Everton

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City take on Everton at Eastlands with the prospect of going fourth in the league should they win.

The blues sit two points behind Spurs but will overtake the London club with a win while also preventing a league double by the Toffees.

City will be missing Joleon Lescott through injury while Emmanuel Adebayor completes his four match suspension following his sending off during the FA Cup defeat at Stoke.

Wayne Bridge is out with a hernia while Michael Johnson and Martin Petrov both have knee injuries. Adam Johnson could retain his place at the expense of Shaun Wright-Phillips while Roque Santa Cruz may retain his place in the starting line-up following his goal at Fulham.

Victor Anichebe could make the game for Everton after being a doubt with a kidney problem but Phillippe Senderos and Marouane Fellaini are definitely out through injury.

Danger Man: Louis Saha

The United reject has scored 16 goals this season, 13 of them in the Premier League.

Over the Blue Moon Prediction: City 3-1 Everton

City into third with a hard fought win.

Team News: Fulham v City

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City go to Fulham eager to make ground on Spurs who are now sitting five points clear of the blues in fourth after their 2-1 win at Stoke on Saturday. Liverpool, who are one point ahead of City in fifth, travel to Old Trafford looking to repeat last year’s impressive 4-1 win over United.

The blues go to Craven Cottage without striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who is in the middle of a four match suspension following his sending off against Stoke in the FA Cup. Also missing from the side are Michael Johnson and Martin Petrov, who are both out with knee injuries. Wayne Bridge is also sidelined with a hernia.

Bridge’s absence could give Javier Garrido the chance to impress at left back. The Spaniard was signed by former manager Sven Goran Eriksson in 2008 but his appearances in a blue shirt have been limited.

For Fulham, Andrew Johnson and John Pantsil are definitely out while former City man Dickson Etuhu and David Elm are doubtful for the game.

Possible Starting XI:

Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Shorey, Davies, Murphy, Baird, Dempsey, Gera, Zamora.

Manchester City: Given, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Zabaleta, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez

Danger Man: Bobby Zamora

The former Brighton man has scored 16 goals this season and is rapidly showing he is a handful for any defence.

League Form (Last Five):

Fulham: DWWDL

City: WDDWD

Last Seasons Result:

Fulham 1-1 City

Over The Blue Moon Prediction: Fulham 1-3 City

Fulham will still be on a high after their midweek European win and City should take full advantage and bring them back to Earth

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