Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Manchester City vs Crystal Palace preview: Vincent Kompany returns after injury http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2233 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:48:13 GMT 4 Ilkay Gundogan is "lucky" that injury sustained at Hawthorns isn't long-term Manchester City vs Crystal Palace

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 23rd September 2017

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Neil Swarbrick Assistants: S Ledger, A Garratt Fourth Official: T Harrington

Odds: City 1/7, Draw 9/1, Crystal Palace 20/1. Check out the betting tips for match here.

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: None

Doubtful: Kompany, Gundogan

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWWWWW

Crystal Palace

Manager: Roy Hodgson

Squad (from): Speroni, Hennessey, Ward, van Aanholt, Tomkins, Dann, Souare, Fosu-Mensah, Sakho, Delaney, Schlupp, Kelly, Cabaye, Townsend, Chung-yong, McArthur, Kaikai, Sako, Milivojevic, Puncheon, Benteke, Mutch, Loftus-Cheek

Injured: Zaha, Wickham

Doubtful:

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWLLLW

Vincent Kompany is available again for selection, following a calf injury sustained on international duty with Belgium. Ilkay Gundogan is likely to miss out after being susbstituted in the midweek League Cup victory at West Bromwich Albion as a result of a heavy challenge from Claudio Yacob. Vistors Palace have struggled so far this season, but Guardiola has warned his players against complacency.

“It is not easy [to play a struggling team],” Guardiola said. “The competition is so tough. It is important to stay fit, avoid injuries - that is the best way.

“But in the Premier League, every single team can beat the other one.

“I have a lot of respect for Crystal Palace from what I have seen. Against Burnley, they created a lot of chances.

“I showed my players the chances they created in two games. They have quality and we have to be careful.

"The players must know that we could lose that game tomorrow.

“When they know that, we are closer to winning the game.”

City's last home game against the Eagles ended in a 5-0 victory, with David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 30 of the 57 games played against Palace, with 12 draws and 15 defeats.

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

Score prediction: City 4 Palace 0

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Manchester City vs Liverpool preview: Vincent Kompany misses out through injury http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2227 Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:00:16 GMT 4 Raheem Sterling suspended for visit of former club Manchester City vs Liverpool

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 12.30pm, Saturday 9th September 2017

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: E Smart, A Halliday Fourth Official: C Pawson

Odds: City 17/20, Draw 3/1, Liverpool 3/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Adarabioyo, Danilo, Kompany, Mangala, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, De Bruyne, Delph, Diaz, Fernandinho, Foden, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Toure, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Kompany

Doubtful: Gundogan

Suspended: Sterling

Form guide: WDW

Liverpool

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Squad (from): Karius, Mignolet, Ward, Gomez, Lovren, Klavan, Matip, Flanagan, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Moreno, Milner, Wijnaldum, Can, Henderson, Mane, Sturridge, Firmino, Salah, Solanke

Injured: Lallana, Clyne, Bogdan

Doubtful:

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWD

Raheem Sterling is suspended for the visit of his former side, following his red card against Bournemouth a fortnight ago. Vincent Kompany also misses out with an injury sustained whilst on international duty with Belgium, and manager Pep Guardiola rued the absence of his captain.

"I am sad. The last seven eight, nine games last season he played no problem. Pre-season, we took care of him and he played all three games. Now, unfortunately, we've lost him, but we will try and get him fit as soon as possible.

"The window is over. We thought we might need another one but we have Mangala, and Tosin and other players who can play that position."

There was brighter news for Guardiola, however, as Ilkay Gundogan is available for selection once again following a serious knee injury.

"He has training with us for the last few weeks," he said. "He’s part of the group."

City's last home game against Liverpool ended in a 1-1 draw, with Sergio Aguero netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 45 of the 176 games played against Liverpool, with 45 draws and 86 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy, Toure, D Silva, De Bruyne, B Silva, Jesus, Aguero

Score prediction: City 1 Liverpool 1

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"Dad Opinions" - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2225 Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:22:13 GMT 1 David Mooney is joined by Kieran Clarke and Richard Burns to preview the Liverpool game David Mooney is joined by Kieran Clarke and, from Yahoo Sports, Richard Burns, as we look ahead to City's next big test of the 2017-18 campaign. We're previewing the upcoming match with Liverpool, asking how Pep Guardiola should set up to be able to cope with the visitors' attack and to maximise his own side's threat. We're analysing City's previous form at home to Liverpool - and it's actually not as bad as you'd think - and we're wondering if there's a mentality problem which is leading to such a poor record in the big games. Paul Senior from The Anfield Wrap podcast joins us to give us their POV ahead of the game, and we're also previewing next week's match with Feyenoord. Pete Liggins has been trawling the history books to find out how well City have done against Dutch teams in the past, and we squeeze in some talk on whether the Blues need more bite in their midfield.

Episode 9.5 - Dad Opinions
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2017/18 Champions League squad announced http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2224 Mon, 04 Sep 2017 14:39:43 GMT 1 21 players, including Eliaquim Mangala and Fabian Delph, named in List A squad City have announced their squad for the 2017/18 Champions League group stage. Pep Guardiola has named 21 players in the List A squad, and can also call up any players under the age of 21 who have been at the club for an uninterrupted period of two years. The likes of Phil Foden, Tosin Adarabioyo and Brahim Diaz fall into this category.

Fabian Delph and Elaiquim Mangala, who were both linked with moves away during the transfer window, have been named in the squad.

Goalkeepers

  • Claudio Bravo
  • Ederson
  • Aro Muric

Defenders

  • Danilo
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Eliaquim Mangala
  • Benjamin Mendy
  • Nicolas Otamendi
  • John Stones
  • Kyle Walker

Midfielders

  • Fabian Delph
  • Kevin De Bruyne
  • Fernandinho
  • Ilkay Gundogan
  • Leroy Sane
  • Raheem Sterling
  • Bernardo Silva
  • David Silva
  • Yaya Toure

Forwards

  • Sergio Aguero
  • Gabriel Jesus
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"Doing a Rubik's Cube" - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2223 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:45:09 GMT 1 Sam Roscoe is joined in the studio by guests Josh Garside and Richard Burns After an eventful week on and off the pitch for Manchester City, Sam Roscoe is joined by Josh Garside and Richard Burns to discuss the events of the last seven days. We're assessing the performance in the 2-1 victory over Bournemouth - were the away team good and deserving of all three points, or did they get a little lucky in the win? We're looking at Raheem Sterling's red card and asking whether or not the winger was at fault or if it's the laws of the game that need to change. David Mooney's been casting his eye over City's performance in the transfer market, while we also discuss the major talking point of the summer window and how the Blues failed in their bid to bring in Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Howard Hockin gives us a crash course on being an In The Know social media user, and we also discuss the stewarding of Premier League matches.

Episode 9.4 - Doing a Rubik's Cube
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Bournemouth vs Manchester City preview: Benjamin Mendy could make Blues debut http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2221 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:49:36 GMT 4 French left back included in squad for south coast clash AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 12.30pm, Saturday 26th August 2017

Venue: Dean Court, Bournemouth

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: S Long, I Hussin Fourth Official: L Probert

Odds: Bournemouth 10/1, Draw 11/2, City 1/3

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

AFC Bournemouth

Manager: Eddie Howe

Squad (from): Begovic, Boruc, Federici, Ake, Cook, Daniels, B Smith, A Smith, Wilson, Mings, Gosling, Surman, Mahoney, Pugh, Arter, Cook, Hyndman, Fraser, Ibe, Afobe, King, Mousset

Injured: Francis, Stanislas, Wilson

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Adarabioyo, Danilo, Kompany, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, De Bruyne, Diaz, Fernandinho, Foden, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Gundogan

Doubtful: Mendy

Suspended: Walker

Form guide: DW

Benjamin Mendy could make his City debut, after being included in the squad which has travelled to the south coast for the clash with Bournemouth. Mendy joined City this summer in a £49m deal from AS Monaco, but has been sidelined with a thigh injury. Kyle Walker is suspended following his red card against Everton, and Ilkay Gundogan continues his recovery by playing for the EDS side against Leicester City on Friday night.

“Mendy is travelling with us,” Guardiola said.

“I don’t know if he will play, but he is travelling with us because Kyle cannot play.

“I think Danilo is going to play there [at right-back].”

City's last away game at Dean Court ended in a 2-0 victory, with goals from Raheem Sterling and an own goal. Overall City have won 8 of the 10 games played against the Cherries, with 2 draws and no defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Danilo, Kompany, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Toure, D Silva, De Bruyne, B Silva, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Bournemouth 0 City 2

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City draw Shakhtar, Napoli and Feyenoord in Champions League group stage http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2220 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:30:38 GMT 1 Txiki Begiristain warns that Group F "will not be easy" Manchester City will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and FC Shakhtar Donetszk in the group stages on the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League, following Thursday's draw in Monaco.

The Blues were in Pot 2 for the draw, and Pep Guardiola will have been relieved to avoid European heavyweights such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich from Pot 1. Donetsk, the reigning Ukrainian champions, will be difficult oppononents but City will be confident of progressing from the group.

Napoli, who City faced in their inaugural Champions League campaign in 2011/12, and Dutch champions Feyenoord make up the rest of Group F.

Txiki Begiristain, the Club's Director of Football, said after the draw that it's "not going to be easy" for Guardiola's side.

“Of course, it is difficult [against Shakhtar Donetsk]. They are always building good teams, they sign good players, so it’s going to be also difficult to go there and beat them.

“And the rest of the group…Napoli is probably for me now the best team playing football in Italy, they are doing unbelievable football. We saw against Nice they did unbelievable, so we have to be careful.

“And always Feyenoord, touch football, they like to play and what they do, they do well. I don’t know whether to say I am happy or nervous.

“The fact is it’s not going to be easy.”

Matchday 1 – Wednesday 13 September

Feyenoord v Manchester City

Matchday 2 – Tuesday 26 September

Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk

Matchday 3 – Tuesday 17 October

Manchester City v Napoli

Matchday 4 – Wednesday 1 November

Napoli v Manchester City

Matchday 5 – Tuesday 21 November

Manchester City v Feyenoord

Matchday 6 – Wednesday 6 December

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City  

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"Cold Noodles" - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2219 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:52:27 GMT 1 David Mooney is joined by guests Gaz Medina and Sam Lee David Mooney is back in the studio with Gaz (@burnagedaydream) and Goal.com's Sam Lee to discuss the talking points from City's week. Was it a point gained or two dropped in the 1-1 draw with Everton? Should Ederson have kept out Wayne Rooney's shot? We analyse the match, including a ridiculous red card for Kyle Walker and the impact that Raheem Sterling had from the bench. We catch up with Willie Donachie, as he discusses his return to the club in 1997 in the second part of his interview, and we react to City's draw in the Champions League, asking how well the Blues could do in this season's competition. We're discussing whether Pep Guardiola should stick with his 3-5-2 formation for the trip to Bournemouth and we celebrate a decade since the takeover of the club by Thaksin Shinawatra by speaking to for City CEO Garry Cook, ex-boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and Manchester football historian Gary James. We also look in on the the new Tunnel Club and discuss City's off-the-field relationship with the fans.

Episode 9.3 - Cold Noodles
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City to face West Brom in EFL Cup Third Round http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2218 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:17:26 GMT 1 Blues drawn away from home for tenth successive time Manchester City will face West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the EFL Cup, following Thursday's draw in Beijing which controversially took place at 4.15am BST.

It is the tenth time in succession that the Blues have been drawn away from home in domestic cup competitions, with nine of those games being played against top flight opposition.

Games will be played in the week commencing 18 September.

Third round draw in full

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City

Everton v Sunderland

Leicester City v Liverpool

Manchester United v Burton Albion

Brentford v Norwich City

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bristol Rovers

Burnley v Leeds

Arsenal v Doncaster Rovers

Bristol City v Stoke City

Reading v Swansea City

Aston Villa v Middlesbrough

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest

West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers

Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town

Tottenham Hotspur v Barnsley/Derby County

Bournemouth v Brighton and Hove Albion

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Samir Nasri joins Antalyaspor on two-year deal http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2217 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:20:41 GMT 1 French midfielder leaves in deal with could rise to £3.2m Samir Nasri has joined Turkish side Antalyaspor on a two-year contract, ending his six year spell at the club. The fee could rise to £3.2m, but City will make a significant saving by removing his £170,000 a week earnings from the wage bill.

The French midfielder joined City in a £25m deal from Arsenal in 2011, and he went on to make 176 appearances for the club, scoring 27 goals. Nasri won two league titles with City, as well as two League Cups and the Charity Shield. However, the player fell out of favour with new manager Pep Guardiola when he returned to pre-season training over weight and spent last season on loan at Sevilla.

"Everybody at the club wishes Samir good luck in the next chapter of his career and would like to thank him for some fantastic memories," City said in a statement.

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