Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City preview: Blues look to bounce back after disappointing week http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2319 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:26:23 GMT 4 Aguero, Mendy and Stones all miss out through injury whilst Fernandinho starts two match suspension Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 7.45pm, Saturday 14th April 2018

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: S Bennett, A Halliday Fourth Official: S Atwell

Odds: Spurs 8/5, Draw 5/2, City 8/5

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Tottenham Hotspur

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Squad (from): Lloris, Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Aurier, Davies, Son, Lamela, Wanyama, Dier, Sissoko, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Moura, Kane, Llorente

Injured: Rose, Winks, Walkers-Peter

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWWWW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Danilo, Laporte, Kompany, Otamendi, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Delph, Foden, Gundogan, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Toure, Jesus, Diaz

Injured: Mendy, Aguero, Stones

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Fernandinho

Form guide: LWWLLL

City will be without injured trio Sergio Aguero, Benjamin Mendy, and John Stones, whilst Fernandinho misses out through suspension.

“Aguero is injured,” Guardiola confirmed. “He was injured before the game [against Liverpool] but tried to help us. That's why he could not play from the beginning. He was not ready.

“I don’t know [when he will be back]. You cannot forget he was injured and he made a huge effort because after the action from Ashley Young against United, the problem in the knee he could not train.

“He played less than 15, 20 minutes and after said he cannot run and was in a lot of pain. I don’t know if he will be ready for Swansea.

"Hopefully for the last games we can have him.

“John Stones is not ready. Fernandinho is suspended. Mendy is out. We have 14 players for the next game, plus the kids.”

It's been a difficult week for the Blues, with successive defeats against Liverpool in the Champions League and rivals United in the Manchester derby, but Guardiola has urged calm amongst his players.

“Try to be who we were during the season and thinking about three points,” he said. “We are 13 points clear because we deserve to be there.

“In the last eight or nine Premier League games, we lost one. We won the last five in a row before United. Results are good.

“We need to think about the strong points of Tottenham, try to win the game.

“One of the successes we have had is when we drop points, we have then win, win, win, win."

City's last league game against Spurs ended in a 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane, courtesy of an own goal from Aleksandar Kolarov and a Dele Alli strike. Overall City have won 59 of the 154 games played against Spurs, with 35 draws and 60 defeats.

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

Score prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3 Manchester City 1

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Manchester City vs Manchester United preview: Aguero faces late fitness test on knee injury http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2317 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:19:33 GMT 4 Victory against rivals United would clinch title for Guardiola's side Manchester City vs Manchester United

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 7th April 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Martin Atkinson Assistants: L Betts, S Child Fourth Official: C Pawson

Odds: City 10/11, Draw 5/2, United 16/5

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Mendy

Doubtful: Aguero

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWLWWL

Manchester United

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Squad (from): De Gea, Pereira, Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Valencia, Darmian, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Young, Herrera, Fellaini, Matic, McTominay, Martial, Rashford, Lukaku, Sanchez

Injured: Romero

Doubtful: Jones, Blind

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWLWW

Sergio Aguero faces a late fitness test on the knee injury which has seen him miss City's last four games, Pep Guardiola confirmed at Friday's press conference.

“I don’t know right now [whether he will play],” Guardiola said. “We have training this afternoon and we are going to see his physical condition.”

City otherwise have a clean bill of health, with Bejamin Mendy finally close to a return to first team action. Guardiola is expected to rotate his squad, with one eye on the second leg of the Champions League quarter final against Liverpool on Tuesday evening. A victory over United would seal the Premier League title for the Blues, but the City boss has played down the siginificance of the game.

“It’s another game," he said. "United defend differently from Liverpool. We try to play the same way as we have all season.

"So far our season has been so good. 

"It’s almost done. It’s a bit like Liverpool - it's almost done. We are close to be champions.

"It’s a coincidence because it’s the derby but it doesn’t matter. We just have to be focused on what we have to do to win the game.

"I am so happy with what we have done so far. We play with huge personality. I know how difficult it is in Anfield… the second half we were so good. Even in the bad moments."

City's last league game against United at The Etihad ended in a drab 0-0 draw at the tail end of the 2016/17 season, in which Marouane Fellaini was sent off for the visitors. Overall City have won 49 of the 164 games played against United, with 49 draws and 66 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Danilo, Otamendi, Stones, Delph, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Sterling, B Silva, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 1 Manchester United 1

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May fixture changes announced http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2314 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:58:15 GMT 1 Games against Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion have been rearranged Two of City's remaining Premier League games have been rearranged, it was announced yesterday.

The penultimate home game of the season, against David Wagner's Huddersfield Town, will be screened live on Sky Sports on Sunday 6th May, with a 1.30pm kick off. It is expected to be the day on which City lift the Premier League trophy in front of their own fans.

The home game against Brighton & Hove Albion, which was originally postponed due to the Seagull's participation in the FA Cup Quarter Finals, will now take place on Wednesday 9th May, with an 8pm kick off.

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David Silva named as Bluemoon Player of the Month for March http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2313 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:52:43 GMT 1 Spanish international praised by Guardiola as "one of the best players in England" David Silva has been named as the Bluemoon Player of the Month for March 2018.

The Spanish international capped off for a fine month by scoring three goals as the Blues took a maximum twelve points from the four league games played in March.

He netted in the 3-0 victory at The Emirates on the opening day of the month, before adding a brace in a 2-0 victory against Stoke. Manager Pep Guardiola praised the midfielder following the victory at the Bet365 Stadium:

“David is a guy with a lot of technical skills and this league is so complicated because of the physicality and the weather conditions but he survives; he’s been one of the best players in England for a long time now.

“All that time he has played at a high level and we are so happy to have him, and to extend his contract. He’s a huge competitor. He doesn’t speak too much but on the pitch, the moment the game is on, he steps forward. He never hides, even when the going is tough, and that is so important.”

Silva polled 77% of the votes, ahead of Leroy Sane in second place with 13% and Kevin De Bruyne.

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'Pop Psychology' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2312 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:48:19 GMT 1 Keith Curle interview, City's discipline record, and previewing trips to Merseyside This week:
- Interview with former City defender Keith Curle
- Previews of the Premier League tie with Everton and Champions League first leg with Liverpool
- Analysis of City's discipline, following suggestions the FA have expressed concerns
- Discussion on the roles of John Stones and Raheem Sterling - as they go back to their old stomping grounds
- How with Guardiola fit Benjamin Mendy and Leroy Sane in the team, on the defender's return?

Episode 9.35 - Pop Psychology
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Everton vs Manchester City preview: John Stones misses out on Goodison return with concussion http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2311 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:46:15 GMT 4 Guardiola has no new injury concerns as City prepare for five fixtures in 14 days Everton v Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 31st March 2018

Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool

Referee: Paul Tierney Assistants: E Smart, D Eaton Fourth Official: M Oliver

Odds: Everton 8/1, Draw 4/1, City 4/11

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport

Everton

Manager: Sam Allardyce

Squad (from): Pickford, Robles, Hewelt, Baines, Keane, Jagielka, Martina, Coleman, Funes Mori, Kenny, Davies, Schneiderlin, Klaassen, Bolasie, Rooney, Walcott, Tosun, Vlasic, Calvert-Lewin, Niasse

Injured: Holgate, Mangala, Sigurdsson, McCarthy, Stekelenburg

Doubtful: Gueye

Suspended: Williams

Form guide: LWLLWW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Mendy, Stones

Doubtful: Aguero, Delph

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWWWLW

John Stones misses out on a return to Goodison after being ruled out with concussion suffered whilst on international duty. City have no other new injury concerns, and Sergio Aguero could be involved after Pep Guardiola confimed that the forward is "much, much better" following a knee injury sustained during training.

City lost 4-0 at Goodison Park last season, their heaviest defeat under Guardiola, and the City manager was under no illusions about the challenge facing his players:

“(Under Sam Allardyce), Everton have been good,” he said. “The results are better. Especially at home, the results are so strong.

“Everton at home last season was one of the best performances and we drew.

“I didn’t think we played that badly but when the result happens, you have to accept it. I think this season, the results have been much better.

“Goodison Park is always a tough ground.”

City's last away game at Goodison ended in a humiliating 4-0 defeat, with Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman netting for the Toffees. Overall City have won 68 of the 183 games played against Everton, with 47 draws and 68 defeats.

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

Score prediction: Everton 1 City 2

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'City's Swiss Army Knife' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2310 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:19:16 GMT 1 David Silva delight, City's development under Guardiola, and getting our own back This week:
- Analysing David Silva's performance at Stoke
- Closing in on the title and could City actually do it against United?
- A look at how City have developed under Guardiola and the way he's got the team playing
- Howard Hockin explains why it's fine to mock United fans after the jibes of the 1990s.
- City's most effective and most enjoyable performances of the season

Episode 9.33 - City's Swiss Army Knife
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City to face Liverpool in Champions League quarter finals http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2309 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:31:59 GMT 1 Guardiola's side drawn against domestic rivals in last eight City will face Liverpool in the quarter finals of the Champions League, following the draw on Friday morning.

The first leg will be played at Anfield on 3rd/4th April, with the return leg at The Etihad scheduled for 10th/11th April.

City defeated FC Basel 5-2 on aggregate in the previous round, whilst Liverpool qualified courtesy of a 5-0 aggregate win against FC Porto.

Draw in full:

FC Barcelona v AS Roma

Sevilla v Bayern Munich

Juventus v Real Madrid

Liverpool v Manchester City

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'The Moonwalk' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2308 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:35:34 GMT 1 A cup win, Arsenal humiliations, Kompany delight, and Zack Weir on Bournemouth arrest This week:
- We're analysing the performances and key moments in two big wins over Arsenal
- City have their first silverware under Guardiola - we look at how they stepped up at Wembley
- Who couldn't be delighted for Kompany in that League Cup final? We look at his return to the forefront
- Zack Weir, a 20-year old City fan arrested when forced onto the pitch at Bournemouth, speaks about his case
- Howard Hockin talks about the treatment of football fans over recent years

Episode 9.31 - The Moonwalk
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Arsenal v Manchester City preview: Fernandinho misses out with hamstring strain http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2307 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:47:49 GMT 4 Blues look to inflict further damage on Arsenal's season at The Emirates Arsenal v Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 7.45pm, Thursday 1st March 2018

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London

Referee: Andre Marriner Assistants: L Betts, S Bennett Fourth Official: M Dean

Odds: Arsenal 7/2, Draw 3/1, City 3/4

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Arsenal

Manager: Arsene Wenger

Squad (from): Cech, Ospina, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Mustafi, Koscielny, Holding, Chambers, Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Welbeck

Injured: Monreal, Lacazette, Cazorla

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWLWLL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Mendy, Fernandinho

Doubtful: Sterling

Suspended: Delph

Form guide: WDWWLW

Fernandinho misses the trip to The Emirates after suffering a hamstring strain during the Carabao Cup final on Sunday. Raheem Sterling returned to training this week, but manager Pep Guardiola said he is unlikely to play this evening.

“Raheem is much, much better," Guardiola said.

"I don't know if he can play tomorrow but hopefully Chelsea or Basel [he will be ready].

The Blues require just six victories from their remaining 11 games to clinch the title, but Guardiola has warned his side against complacency as his side enter the latter stages of the season.

"We are fighting for the most important title of the season, the Premier League," he said. "More than the Champions League, FA Cup or Carabao Cup.

"We must be focused. The next six fixtures are terrible in terms of quality of opposition. Four are away.

"We think about Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and away games at Stoke who are playing to avoid relegation. We are going to Goodison Park, where it is always tough game.

"We have tough games to play and we must be focused.

“In sport you forget what you have done -  good or bad - and focus on the next one. We think about tomorrow’s game and at the end of the season we may think how was the season.”

City's last away game at The Emirates ended in a 2-2 draw, with Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 39 of the 163 games played against Arsenal, with 40 draws and 84 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Danilo, Gundogan, D Silva, De Bruyne, B Silva, Sane, Aguero

Score prediction: Arsenal 2 City 2

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