Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Guardiola and Leroy Sane win October Premier League awards http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2258 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:58:15 GMT 1 Blues boss named as Manager of the Month for second time in succession Pep Guardiola has been named as the Premier League Manager of the Month for October, after seeing his Manchester City side record three straight victories to extend their lead at the top of the league to eight points. It was the second successive month in which Guardiola won the accolade, and caps an impressive start to the Spaniard's second season in England.

The Blues scored an impressive thirteen goals, and also recorded victories against Napoli and Wolverhampton Wanderers to progress to the next stages of the Champions League and Carabou Cup respectively.

A 7-2 thrashing of Stoke City was followed by a comfortable 3-0 victory against Burnley and a 3-2 win at The Hawthorns against Tony Pulis' West Bromich Albion side.

Guardiola beat off competition from Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger and Sean Dyche to win the award, and is the bookmakers' favourite to win the LMA Manager of the Year award at the end of the season, according to the portal online-betting.org.

Leroy Sane, meanwhile was named as the Player of the Month after recording a goal and an assist in each of City's three victories and the German international is evidently enjoying life in Manchester:

"I like the way we play football. It’s more fun if you have the ball more than the other team", said Sane.

"I like the way we play and we really enjoy it. Everyone can see that we enjoy it.

"We improved a lot in this game – it’s how Pep wants us to play football."

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Leicester City vs Manchester City preview - Kompany in line to replace suspended Otamendi? http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2257 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:13:47 GMT 4 Eliaquim Mangala and Kyle Walker also being considered by Pep Guardiola for visit to King Power Stadium Leicester City vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 18th November 2017

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester

Referee: Graham Scott Assistants: R West, S Ledger Fourth Official: N Swarbrick

Odds: Leicester 17/2, Draw 5/1, City 2/5

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Match of the Day

Leicester City

Manager: Claude Puel

Squad (from): Schmeichel, Hamer, Chilwell, Morgan, Maguire, Simpson, Fuchs, Benalouane, James, King, Albrighton, Amartey, Gray, Ndidi, Mahrez, Musa, Vardy, Slimani, Ulloa, Iborra, Iheanacho, Choudhury, Dragovic

Injured: Huth

Doubtful: Iborra, Chilwell, James

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWWWD

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Mangala, Stones, Walker, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Mendy

Doubtful: Kompany, Delph

Suspended: Otamendi

Form guide: WWWWW

Nicolas Otamendi is suspended after picking up a fifth booking of the season against Arsenal a fortnight ago. Vincent Kompany could come into consideration, with Eliaquim Mangala and Kyle Walker also being considered by Pep Guardiola. Sergio Aguero is available despite having hospital tests for dizziness after being substituted in Argentina's midweek game against Nigeria, whilst Raheem Sterling has shaken off a back injury.

“I have something in mind to replace Otamendi,” Guardiola said.

“We have Mangala, maybe Kompany can come back. Kyle [Walker] can play there.

“Delph I don’t know if he will be able because in four sessions he trained two. Hopefully we can recover him because he is so important.

"Raz had big problems in the last period - he played the last two games with pain in his back and made a huge effort to play against Napoli and Arsenal - but he is much, much better and hopefully he can play.

"He is much better than before.”

City's last game against the Foxes at the King Power Stadium ended in a heavy 4-2 defeat, with Nolito and Aleksandar Kolarov scoring late consolations for the Blues. Overall City have won 45 of the 96 games played against Leicester, with 24 draws and 27 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Mangala, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Jesus

Score prediction: Leicester City 1 Manchester City 2

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City announce record revenues of £473.4m in 2016-17 Annual Report http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2254 Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:04:59 GMT 1 Revenue up 21% and club profitable for third successive year Manchester City have announced record revenues of £473.4m in their 2016-17 Annual Report, including profits for a third consecutive year. Revenue was up 21% from the previous period, and a profit of £1.08m was reported. It was revealed that this figure would have been nearer to £10m, but the accounts covered a one-off 13-month reporting period, to bring the club in line with other parts of the City Football Group.

Matchday revenue accounted for £52m, whilst broadcast revenue increased by 21% to £203m, and commercial revenue was up by 23% at £218m. The wage/revenue ratio is a healthy 56%, whilst the club has zero debt, unlike many Premier League rivals.

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said, “This report is about making sure our fans and our partners can see the true detailed status of every aspect of the club.  What hopefully comes across is that the football organization and off-field business have the right symmetry and balance to allow us to continue to further strengthen and grow.

“The 2017-18 season will be the tenth under His Highness Sheikh Mansour’s stewardship. In the context of more than 120 years of Club history, this is a relatively short period of time, but it has been one of significant growth, with much learned and much gained on a journey that still has a long way to go. We enter this season with a justifiable sense of ambition and expectation. A feeling shared by everyone who is passionate about Manchester City. For me that is the greatest indicator of the progress we have made since 2008.”  

Al Mubarak paid tribute to departing stars such as Pablo Zabaleta, Jesus Navas, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy, whilst also acknowledging the role played by Manchester's emergency services following the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in May.

Chief Executive Officer Ferran Soriano admitted that the 2016-17 campaign had been a disappointing one, but made it clear that the team had a bright future under Pep Guardiola's tutelage. Soriano said, “We finished the first season of this chapter without any trophies and we will never be satisfied with that, but at the same time, it was a season of promise and progress. We scored more goals, created more chances, had the highest level of possession in the league and achieved 12 points more than the previous season. More importantly, several times during the season, our team showed exactly the type of quality football we want to be playing, with some very impressive displays.

“We are committed to playing beautiful football and to win. Both elements are compatible and the second is a consequence of the first. I am convinced we will see further progress and silverware in the seasons to come.” 

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Manchester City v Arsenal preview: Silva and Walker expected to return to starting XI http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2251 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:52:00 GMT 4 Guardiola heaps praise on Aguero after breaking club goalscoring record Manchester City vs Arsenal

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 2.15pm, Sunday 4th November 2017

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Bennett, S Burt Fourth Official: A Marriner

Odds: City 4/9, Draw 9/2, Arsenal 13/2

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Danilo, Mangala, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Mendy, Kompany

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Arsenal

Manager: Arsene Wenger

Squad (from): Cech, Ospina, Debuchy, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Chambers, Bellerin, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Cazorla, Xhaka, Coquelin, El Neny, Sanchez, Giroud, Walcott, Lacazette

Injured: Welbeck, Mustafi, Cazorla

Doubtful: Ospina

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWWWW

Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy miss out once again through injury, whilst David Silva and Kyle Walker are likely to be restored to the starting XI after being rested during the midweek win in Naples. Danilo and Ilkay Gundogan are likely to make way.

Sergio Aguero, who became the club's record goalscorer at the San Paolo stadium, will hope to retain his place in the side, and manager Pep Guardiola was quick to heap praise on the Argentine forwrad at Friday's press conference:

“I said many times sooner or later it would happen,” Guardiola said.

“He was focused on winning the game, what he had to do for his teammates, the club.

“He has to be so proud - for what he has done, for his family.”

City's last home game against the Gunners ended in a 2-1 win, with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 37 of the 161 games played against Arsenal, with 40 draws and 84 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, D Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Jesus

Score prediction: City 2 Arsenal 1

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Kevin De Bruyne is the Bluemoon Player of the Month for October 2017 http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2250 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:21:09 GMT 1 Belgian midfielder wins award for second successive month Kevin De Bruyne has been voted as the Bluemoon Player of the Month for October 2017. It is the second successive month in which the Belgian playmaker has won the award, and comes on the back of a scintillating run of form from De Bruyne.

The Blues won all four fixtures in October, albeit after requiring penalties to see off a spirited Wolverhampton side in the Carabou Cup. The month began with an emphatic 7-2 victory against Stoke City, with De Bruyne claiming a remarkable four assists. Napoli were the next side to come away from The Etihad empty handed, with the Belgian claiming yet another assist, this time crossing for Gabriel Jesus to score City's second goal of the game.

A 3-0 win against Burnley followed, before the penalty shoot-out victory against Wolves in which De Bruyne netted the Blues' first spot kick. Some goalkeeping heroics from Claudio Bravo saw Guardiola's side progress to the quarter finals with a 4-1 victory. The final game of the month saw City travel to The Hawthorns to play Wolves' Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion. A 3-2 victory, courtesy of goals from Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling, was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests and wrapped a hugely satisfying month for Guardiola.

De Bruyne polled 54.7% of the vote, with Leroy Sane (18.7%) second and John Stones (13.7%) in third place.

See the results in full here.

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West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City preview: Kompany closes in on return but misses Hawthorns clash http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2248 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:13:03 GMT 4 City captain is expected back "in the next ten days" West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 27th October 2017

Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

Referee: Mike Jones Assistants: M Wilkes, M McDonough Fourth Official: T Robinson

Odds: West Brom 10/1, Draw 11/2, City 1/4

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Match of the Day

West Bromwich Albion

Manager: Tony Pulis

Squad (from): Foster, Myhill, Palmer, Nyom, Hegazi, O'Shea, Melbourne, Gibbs, McAuley, Yacob, Livermore, Brunt, McLean, Chadli, Barry, Burke, Rondon, Krychowiak, Rodriguez

Injured: Dawson, Morrison

Doubtful: Evans, Barry, Burke, Robson-Kanu,

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLDDL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Danilo, Mangala, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Mendy, Kompany

Doubtful: Gundogan

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Vincent Kompany is closing in on a return to action, but has been left out of the squad for the clash with West Bromwich Albion. Pep Guardiola's side were forced to play 120 minutes against Wolves in midweek, and Guardiola has admitted that fatigue could be an issue this weekend.

“We were so tired,” he explained.

“We had a few problems with some kicks and it was demanding for us, but we’ve made a recovery and the players had the day off yesterday.

“Now they are coming back and we will see how they are.”

City's last game against the Baggies at The Hawthorns ended in a 2-1 win, with Leroy Sane scoring a brace for the Blues earlier this season in the Carabao Cup. Overall City have won 69 of the 152 games played against West Brom, with 29 draws and 54 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, D Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Jesus

Score prediction: West Brom 1 City 2

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City to face Leicester City in Carabao Cup quarter final http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2246 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:40:06 GMT 1 Game will be broadcast live on Sky on Tuesday 19th December City will travel to Leicester City in the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup, following a farcical draw on Thursday afternoon.

The draw was scheduled to be broadcast live on Twitter, but technical problems left fans waiting for almost two hours before a pre-recorded video was finally shown.

The game will be screened live on Sky, with kick-off at 7.45pm on December 19th.

A statement from the EFL read: "The EFL has received an apology from Twitter UK for the delay which is believed to have occurred as a result of a faulty encoder.

"The EFL has requested a full explanation into the events that led to this afternoon's unacceptable delay."

A Twitter spokesman said: "We're sorry for the issues that led to the delay of today's round five draw. We would also like to apologise to the thousands of supporters who had been patiently awaiting news of who their team would be playing."

Draw in full:

Chelsea v Bournemouth
Arsenal v West Ham
Leicester City v Manchester City
Bristol City v Manchester United

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Manchester City vs Burnley preview: Kompany ruled out once more http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2245 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:10:37 GMT 4 Sean Dyche's side have impressive away record so far this season Manchester City vs Burnley

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 21st October 2017

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Roger East Assistants: C Hatzidakis, S Massey-Ellis Fourth Official: R Madley

Odds: City 1/9, Draw 10/1, Burnley 25/1

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Danilo, Mangala, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Mendy, Kompany

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWWW

Burnley

Manager: Sean Dyche

Squad (from): Pope, Legzdins, Lindegaard, Lowton, Mee, Ward, Tarkowski, Taylor, Bardsley, Long, Marney, Brady, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Westwood, Ulvestad, Gudmundsson, Arfield, Vokes, Barnes, Wood, Wells

Injured: Heaton, Walters

Doubtful: Marney

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDDDWD

Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy are City's only absentees for the visit of Burnley tomorrow. Sean Dyche's side have made an impressive start to their Premier League campaign, recording victories at Stamford Bridge and Goodison Park, as well as drawing at Spurs and Liverpool, and Pep Guardiola is expecting a difficult game:

“They deserve a lot of credit,” Guardiola said. “They were in the Championship and then Premier League. A lot of respect for what they have done.

“They had a lot of problems last season to win away, but this season they have taken points at Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton.

“They are masters at attacking the channel. They always defend a lot of people in the box. They are physically strong. We have to play quick, take advantage.

“Their results away have been fantastic.

"Last season we dropped a lot points in Premier League and that is why we could not fight until the end with Chelsea and Tottenham.

"Hopefully tomorrow our fans come back again and support us, especially in the bad moments. The way we play Napoli is totally different to Burnley. We have to adapt."

City's last home game against the Clarets ended in a 2-1 win, with Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 42 of the 96 games played against Burnley, with 24 draws and 30 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, D Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero

Score prediction: City 4 Burnley 1

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December fixture changes announced http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2243 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:27:01 GMT 1 Six of City's games moved for television purposes Six of City's Premier League games in December have been moved for television purposes, it was announced yesterday.

The visit of West Ham will now take place on Sunday 3rd December, with a 4pm kick off, whilst the first Manchester derby of the season at Old Trafford will be played at 4.30pm the following Sunday (10th December).

As a result, the away match at The Liberty Stadium against Swansea has been moved back 24 hours to Wedenesday 13th December, with a 7.45pm kick off.

Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs side arrive at The Etihad on 16th December, for a 5.30pm kick, whilst the Blues' now have no traditional Boxing Day fixture this year. The trip to St James' Park has been moved back to 27th December, and will be televised on Sky.

Fixture changes in full:

  • West Ham (H) – 4pm, Sunday 3rd (Sky Sports)
  • United (A) – 4.30pm, Sunday 10th (Sky Sports)
  • Swansea (A) – 7.45pm, Wednesday 13th
  • Spurs (H) – 5.30pm Saturday 16th (BT Sport)
  • Bournemouth (H) – 3pm, Saturday 23rd
  • Newcastle (A) – 7.45pm, Wednesday 27th (Sky Sports)
  • Crystal Palace (A) – 12pm, Sunday 31st (BT)
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'Filthy' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2242 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:14:41 GMT 1 The team look back on the international break and preview the Stoke game This week:
- What impact will the international break have had on City's team and should Sergio Aguero be involved?
- After such a good start, is there a danger of complacency against Stoke?
- Rolling back the years to Napoli in 2011 - City's first ever Champions League game
- With Napoli at the Etihad on Tuesday, how wary should City fans be of underestimating the Italian side?
- Should Pep Guardiola rotate his team in preparation of the Champions League - with Gundogan, Bernardo or Toure yet to really feature?

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