Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Manchester City vs Watford preview: Mendy misses out, but Fernandinho is available http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2474 Fri, 17 May 2019 14:52:44 GMT 4 Blues could become first English team to complete domestic treble by beating Hornets Manchester City vs Watford

Competition: F.A. Cup Final

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 18th May 2019

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

Referee: Kevin Friend Assistants: C Hatzidakis, M Wilkes Fourth Official: G Scott

Odds: City 2/9, Draw 5/1, Watford 12/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BBC, BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Mendy, Bravo

Doubtful: Fernandinho

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Watford

Manager: Javi Gracia

Squad (from): Gomes, Foster, Dahlberg, Janmaat, Britos, Mariappa, Masina, Cathcart, Femenia, Navarro, Holebas, Kabasele, Cleverly, Sema, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney, Success, Penaranda, Gray

Injured: Prodl, Quina

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDLLL

Benjamin Mendy has not recovered from a knee injury and misses the FA Cup final, but Fernandinho could be available for selection. Manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that the Brazilian midfielder has trained for the last two days, and is in contention. City could become the first team in English history to complete the domestic treble by beating Watford, but Guardiola warned his players against any complacency ahead of the game.

“We won the most incredible Premier League ever, in terms of results and competitors. We are incredibly satisfied.

"We celebrated for a short time and were back to business in the last few days to focus on Watford because I know how difficult it was in the home game.

“We spoke about the players and hopefully we can be focused for one more day to compete again to be champions.”

City's last home game against Watford ended in a 3-1 victory, with Raheem Sterling netting a hattrick for the Blues. Overall City have won 17 of the 28 games played against Watford, with 5 draws and 6 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, D Silva, De Bruyne, B Silva, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Watford 1

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'Not Good Enough for Fish and Chips' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2473 Fri, 17 May 2019 13:02:05 GMT 1 Back-to-back titles, Guillem Balague on Guardiola's future, FFP, and Allez Allez Allez This week:
- The importance of back-to-back titles
- Are City the greatest Premier League side?
- Guillem Balague on Pep Guardiola's future plans
- FFP allegations, referral, and City's strong response
- Howard Hockin on the press attention following the title
- Is the Allez Allez Allez chant acceptable?

Episode 10.45 - Not Good Enough for Fish and Chips
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City referred to adjudicatory chamber by UEFA over alleged FFP breach http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2472 Thu, 16 May 2019 09:58:41 GMT 1 Club immediately issue strongly worded response criticising chief investigator Manchester City have issued a strongly worded response after being referred to Uefa's club financial control body for alleged FFP breaches. The club said that they were "disappointed, but regrettably not surprised" by the decision, and were fiercely critical of chief investigator Yves Leterme.

Earlier in the week the New York Times suggested that UEFA were looking to ban City from the Champions League for one season, which prompted criticism from City who called the leak "extremely concering" given that UEFA had previously pledged not to make any further comment whilst the investigation was ongoing.

Today's decision to refer the club to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber prompted this statement from City:

"Manchester City Football Club is disappointed, but regrettably not surprised, by the sudden announcement of the referral to be made by the CFCB IC Chief Investigator Yves Leterme.

"The leaks to media over the last week are indicative of the process that has been overseen by Mr. Leterme.

"Manchester City is entirely confident of a positive outcome when the matter is considered by an independent judicial body. 

"The accusation of financial irregularities remains entirely false and the CFCB IC referral ignores a comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence provided by Manchester City FC to the Chamber. 

"The decision contains mistakes, misinterpretations and confusions fundamentally borne out of a basic lack of due process and there remain significant unresolved matters raised by Manchester City FC as part of what the Club has found to be a wholly unsatisfactory, curtailed, and hostile process."

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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City preview: De Bruyne could come into contention http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2470 Fri, 10 May 2019 15:35:47 GMT 1 Guardiola confirms that Belgian midfielder has returned to training Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Sunday 12th May 2019

Venue: American Express Community Stadium, Brighton

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, S Bennett Fourth Official: P Tierney

Odds: Brighton 16/1, Draw 7/1, City 1/6

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Brighton & Hove Albion

Manager: Chris Hughton

Squad (from): Ryan, Steele, Button, Bruno, Bong, Dunk, Duffy, Balogun, Bernardo, Montoya, Stephens, Gross, Kayal, Knockaert, March, Propper, Bissouma, Murray, Izquierdo, Locadia, Andone, Jahanbakhsh

Injured: Izquierdo

Doubtful: Propper

Suspended: None

Form guide: LDLDD

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Jesus

Injured: Bravo, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Mendy

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Kevin De Bruyne could be available again after recovering from a hamstring injury, but Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy will miss the visit to Brighton. Pep Guardiola confirmed that the Belgian midfielder has trained for the last two days, and could come into contention. A victory at the Amex Stadium would clinch back to back titles for the Blues, but Guardiola insisted that he wasn't nervous ahead of the game.

“I didn’t expect this when we were seven points behind this Liverpool, so it’s a dream.

“Of course, now is not the moment to say how good we’ve done we have the chance to be champions.

“Okay if it happens it will be nice but nothing is going to change.

“The fact we’ve done incredibly well all season means in last two games we have two titles, two finals.

“It’ll be tough. If the game is going bad we will be calm, we have to have a plan and follow a plan like we have done all season.”

City's last league game against the Seagulls ended in a 2-0 victory, with Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 12 of the 21 games played against Brighton, with 5 draws and 4 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, D Silva, B Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: City 2 Brighton 0

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'The Man with the Innocent Face' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2468 Fri, 10 May 2019 10:08:29 GMT 1 Kompany's wondergoal, the title decider, David Squires interview This week:
- Reviewing the victory over Leicester
- The impact of Vincent Kompany at City
- Guardian cartoonist David Squires on satirising City
- Previewing the final Premier League game at Brighton
- Sean Blinkhorn on the EDS's season

Episode 10.43 - The Man with the Innocent Face
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'A Bit More Oomph' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2467 Fri, 03 May 2019 10:52:46 GMT 1 A tight (in every sense) win at Burnley, FA Cup ticket prices, and mental strength This week:
- The tightness of the title race and the nerves that come with it
- City's narrow win at Burnley - thanks to the goal-line technology
- FA Cup Final ticket prices, and why some fans have chosen not to go
- Previewing the home game with Leicester - perhaps the closest City have to a bogey team
- Howard Hockin discusses City's mental strength (and why he's not much cop at badminton)
- Which kits are our guilty pleasures?

Episode 10.42 - A Bit More Oomph
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Raheem Sterling voted FWA Footballer of the Year http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2466 Mon, 29 Apr 2019 15:54:43 GMT 1 FWA Chair described winger as a "player of style and a man of substance" Raheem Sterling has been named as the 2019 Football of the Year by the Football Writers' Association. The England winger polled 62% of the vote, ahead of Virgil van Dijk and teammate Sergio Aguero.

Sterling has been instrumental in City's quest for a domestic treble this season, and has scored 23 times in 48 appearances.

FWA chair, Carrie Brown, said: “Raheem Sterling is a player of style and a man of substance. More than 70 years ago Charles Buchan, one of the founding fathers of the Football Writers’ Association, suggested there be an award presented to the player who by ‘precept and example’ is considered the Footballer of the Year.

“Raheem Sterling is an exemplar of the talent and values our founding fathers sought to reward when they established the FWA in 1947. To have been voted the 2019 Footballer of the Year by our members, and with such an overwhelming majority, clearly acknowledges the contribution from a player over one season.

“But it also recognises the huge impact of Raheem’s courage to challenge preconceptions and fight racism, which will leave a legacy not just for future generations in football but society as a whole. Eyes have been opened, voices found, we are listening and will be at the forefront of the continued drive for equality.

“On the pitch, Raheem has evolved into one of the most dangerous forwards in the world. A player long admired for his tactical intelligence, link-up play and quick feet has now added a devastating finish to his game.

“The Manchester City forward’s Champions League opener against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium drew comparisons with Lionel Messi’s goal against Manchester United. Are we approaching a time where Barcelona’s maestro will be forced to cast a watchful glance over his dropped shoulder at the rising star of Sterling?”

Brown added on the FWA website: “Raheem didn’t set out to be a leader, but he is setting examples in society and in the game which the world is following with interest. I look forward to presenting him with the Sir Stanley Matthews Trophy on 9 May.”

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'Evil Smile' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2464 Fri, 26 Apr 2019 15:31:47 GMT 1 Manchester Derby win, exclusive Eyal Berkovic & Nicolas Anelka interviews This week:
- City's mental strength in wins over Spurs and United
- The treatment of Leroy Sane and John Stones
- Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden roles
- Eyal Berkovic talks about his most memorable goals
- Nicolas Anelka remembers the final Derby at Maine Road
- Giving ex-managers City's current resources

Episode 10.41 - Evil Smile
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Manchester United vs Manchester City preview: De Bruyne misses out through injury http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2463 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:57:17 GMT 4 Guardiola hopeful that Belgian international can play again this season Manchester United vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 8.00pm, Wednesday 24th April 2019

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Referee: Andre Marriner Assistants: S Ledger, S Long Fourth Official: C Pawson

Odds: United 6/1, Draw 7/2, City 4/9 (see more Premier League odds)

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester United

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Squad (from): De Gea, Romero, Grant, Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Darmian, Dalot, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Periera, Fred, Herrera, Matic, McTominay, Sanchez, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial

Injured: Valencia

Doubtful: Jones, Herrera, Bailly

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLWLL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: De Bruyne, Bravo

Doubtful: Mendy

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWWW

Kevin De Bruyne is unavailable for the 167th derby against United at Old Trafford, after sustaining a muscular injury against Spurs at the weekend. Manager Pep Guardiola, though, said that he was hopeful that the Belgian interntaional would play again this season at Tuesday's press conference.

“I don’t know (exactly what the issue is). It’s a muscular problem we will see in next few days how he will do, but tomorrow, no.

“Muscular problems - he had two or three this season, but normally this kind of competition in England we don’t have time for an operation - we have to more attention in little details.

“We will see if he can play one or two more games this season and next season take care of him.

“He has a lovely family, his life is well organised with family, training, rest, next game.

“We are going to speak with him, docs physios to make sure he is safe and fit. That’s what we are trying to do from now on.”

City's last away game at Old Trafford ended in a 2-1 victory, with David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 50 of the 166 games played against United, with 49 draws and 67 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester United 1 Manchester City 2

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Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur preview: Zinchenko returns to training http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2462 Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:08:47 GMT 4 Guardiola to assess fitness of squad after midweek thriller Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 12.30pm, Saturday 20th April 2019

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, S Bennett Fourth Official: C Kavanagh

Odds: City 2/7, Draw 9/2, Spurs 10/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Bravo

Doubtful: Zinchenko

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWLWW

Tottenham Hotpsur

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Squad (from): Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga, Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Davies, Lamela, Wanyama, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura, Skipp, Heung-Min, Janssen, Llorente

Injured: Winks, Aurier, Kane

Doubtful: Sissoko, Lamela, Dier, Janssen

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWWWL

Pep Guardiola will assess the fitness of his squad in today's training session before selecting a side to face Spurs for the second time in four days. Oleksandr Zinchenko is expected to be available again after recovering from a hamstring injury.

“In tomorrow’s line-up, we will see,” Guardiola said. “We saw each other yesterday and spoke with each other, congratulating each other for the game on Wednesday.

“On Friday, we will train in the afternoon. We will see how the people recover. We have to be careful mentally and physically.

“We will make the decision tonight. Tomorrow morning, we play early so we will see in terms of selection.”

City's beat Spurs 4-3 on Wednesday evening, with Raheem Sterling (2), Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero netting for the Blues in a pulsating Champions League tie, only to be eliminated on away goals. Overall City have won 62 of the 158 games played against Tottenham, with 35 draws and 61 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: City 2 Spurs 1

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