Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Manchester City vs West Ham United preview: Guardiola wary of threat posed by Hammers http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2735 Fri, 26 Feb 2021 18:11:26 GMT 4 David Moyes' side currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League Manchester City vs West Ham United

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 12.30 pm, Saturday 27th February 2021

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

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

Odds: City 1/5, Draw 11/2, West Ham 11/1

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Laporte, Mendy, Cancelo, Garcia, Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Doyle, Bernabe, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero, Torres, Mahrez, Delap

Injured: Ake

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

West Ham

Manager: David Moyes

Squad (from): Fabianski, Martin, Randolph, Cresswell, Balbuena, Coufal, Alves, Dawson, Diop, Fredericks, Johnson, Lanzini, Lingard, Noble, Fornals, Soucek, Holland, Rice, Benrahma, Bowen, Antonio

Injured: Yarmolenko, Ogbonna, Masuaku

Doubtful: Fredericks

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDLWW

Pep Guardiola is expected to rotate his side after their midweek exertions against Borussia Monchengladbach, with the likes of John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez expected to return to the starting line-up. Nathan Ake remains absent, but City have no new injuries to contend with.

West Ham come to The Etihad in fine form, with David Moyes' side sitting fourth in the Premier League and Guardiola is under no illusions about the threat they pose.

“It will be a really tough game tomorrow, really tight. They are a good team", said Guardiola.

"After I don't know how many games we played, they are in a Champions League position. That is not a good run, that’s many months and they are there.

"The rhythm they play is better now than other seasons.

"Antonio is always a headache for his movements - he is dangerous.

"David Moyes, I admire these kinds of people. Like Roy Hodgson - they have long careers. I would love these kinds of careers.

"He always takes care of me. My first game in England was against Sunderland. He was there and was so kind. He gave me advice on how to handle the Premier League."

City won their last home game against West Ham 2-0, with Rodri and Kevin De Bruynescoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 57 of the 112 games played against the Hammers, with 18 draws and 37 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: City 2 West Ham 1

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'Laboratory Conditions' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2734 Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:06:05 GMT 1 Nedum Onuoha discusses why City are defending so well, plus why is it working so well for Cancelo and Bernardo? This week:
- 19 wins in a row - what records should City have in their sights?
- Nedum Onuoha explains why City are defending so much better this season
- What is Joao Cancelo's role? We try to analyse what Guardiola is doing with him
- Bernardo Silva's form is back to its best - what's changed for him to perform like this?
- Howard Hockin explains why City are so well-placed to dominate in the post-pandemic landscape


Season 13, Episode 27: Laboratory Conditions
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'Room to Manoeuvre' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2732 Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:16:15 GMT 1 Mahrez, Bernardo and Rodri all excel, City go 10pts clear, and part two of our Michael Ball interview This week:
- Reviewing City's wins over Spurs and Everton
- City take control of the Premier League title race
- Part two of our interview with former City defender, Michael Ball
- The return of the Champions League
- Should we be bothered what other fans think about City this season?


Season 13, Episode 26: Room to Manoeuvre
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Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur preview: Rodri and Ruben Dias available for selection http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2730 Fri, 12 Feb 2021 16:30:56 GMT 4 Sergio Aguero could also be involved but Fernandinho misses out with hamstring injury Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30 pm, Saturday 13th February 2021

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Paul Tierney Assistants: L Betts, I Hussin Fourth Official: C Pawson VAR: P Banks

Odds: City 1/3, Draw 9/2, Spurs 15/2

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Laporte, Mendy, Cancelo, Garcia, Gundogan, Rodrigo, Silva, Foden, Doyle, Bernabe, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero, Torres, Mahrez

Injured: Ake, De Bruyne, Fernandinho

Doubtful: Aguero

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Tottenham Hotspur

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Squad (from): Lloris, Hart, Whiteman, Doherty, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Aurier, Tanganga, Davies, Cirkin, Hojbjerg, Winks, Lamela, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Ndombele, Devine, Heung-Min, Bale, Kane, Bergwijn, Moura, Vinicius,

Injured: Lo Celso, Reguilon

Doubtful: Aurier, Bale

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLLWL

Rodri and Ruben Dias are available for the visit of Spurs after recovering from a knock and illness respectively. Sergio Aguero could also be involved also recovering from Covid-19, but Fernandinho misses out with a hamstring injury.

“Rodri trained quite good today and I think he will be available tomorrow,” said Guardiola at his pre-match press conference.

“Ruben came back to training today and Sergio made his second training session with us.”

“Except Fernandinho, Nathan and Kevin, I think the rest of the first team squad are available," he added.

City's 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane in November was the Blues' last league defeat, and Guardiola is anticipating another tough game tomorrow.

“We did really well,” he said when asked what has changed since that defeat to Spurs.

“We lost because they were better in many aspects than us in that game.

“You see the quality of the players they have and the manager, it’s a strong team. We have to do better tomorrow to beat them.”

City drew their last home league game against Spurs 2-2, with goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero. Overall City have won 63 of the 162 games played against Tottenham, with 36 draws and 63 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Rodri, Gundogan, Silva, Foden, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: City 2 Spurs 1

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Ilkay Gundogan named as Premier League Player of the Month for January http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2729 Fri, 12 Feb 2021 15:46:46 GMT 1 Pep Guardiola also scoops managerial award as Blues win nine in a row during calendar month Ilkay Gundogan has been named as the Premier League Player of the Month for January, after an impressive run of form that saw him score five goals in six league games.

The Blues notched up nine wins in total during the month, which also saw Pep Guardiola named as the Manager of the Month.

Gundogan has thrived in a more advanced role since an injury to Kevin De Bruyne ruled the Belgian midfielder out, but was typically modest when receiving the award.

“The highlight of January was all month because we won all of our games,” he said. “I think it was the run and the feeling that I had inside of myself that you are so strong as a team at the moment and not just yourself. That is just an amazing feeling.

“I had that feeling a few times in the season where we had 100 points or the season after when we won the league one point ahead of Liverpool or when I played for Dortmund. You have that feeling sometimes when you feel so strong and unbeatable and that was the best moment that I had throughout the month.”

“I am very happy, but it is always a team effort. I have always been someone who does not pay a lot of attention to individual trophies but it is always nice to be recognised," he said. “I don’t know what the secret was to getting there, I just think it is the support I get from my teammates and all of the people around the team and the club.

“I don’t take it for granted. I will try to continue like that and maybe even do better.”

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City to face Everton in FA Cup Quarter Final http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2728 Fri, 12 Feb 2021 15:25:32 GMT 1 Teams meet in last eight for the first time since 1981 City will face Everton in the quarter finals of this season's FA Cup, following the draw on Thursday evening.

Pep Guardiola's side qualified for the last eight after a routine win at Championship side Swansea City, whilst Everton progressed courtesy of a thrilling 5-4 extra-time victory over Spurs.

The two sides last met in the competition in 1981, when City beat the Toffees 3-1 in a quarter-final replay on a run that saw them reach the final.

The tie will take place during the weekend of March 19-21.

Quarter-Final Draw in full:

Everton vs Man City

Bournemouth vs Southampton

Leicester City vs Man Utd

Chelsea vs Sheffield United

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'Fred Perry, Michelle Keegan, and the Hat Museum' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2727 Fri, 12 Feb 2021 09:06:00 GMT 1 Is this City's title to lose after their win at Anfield? PLUS: An interview with former defender Michael Ball This week:
- Analysing how City were so in control at Anfield
- Ex-City and Everton defender Michael Ball speaks to the show
- Jack from Rule the Roost podcast helps us preview the game with Spurs
- David from the Blue Room podcast explains Everton's season so far
- Howard Hockin on Phil Foden's development


Season 13, Episode 25: Fred Perry, Michelle Keegan, and the Hat Museum
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Liverpool vs Manchester City preview: Blues head to Merseyside seven points ahead of Reds http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2725 Fri, 05 Feb 2021 16:16:59 GMT 1 Guardiola says City will "go there to win the game" despite poor record at Anfield Liverpool vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30 pm, Sunday 7th February 2021

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool

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

Odds: Liverpool 12/5, Draw, 13/5, City 11/10. 

TV: Sky Sports

Liverpool

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Squad (from): Alisson, Adrian, Kelleher, Kabak, Tsimikas, Robertson, Davies, Williams, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Origi

Injured: van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Keita, Jota

Doubtful: Fabinho, Mane

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLWWL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Laporte, Mendy, Cancelo, Garcia, Gundogan, Rodrigo, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Doyle, Bernabe, Sterling, Jesus, Torres, Mahrez, Delap

Injured: Ake, De Bruyne, Aguero

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

City will once again be without Sergio Aguero, Nathan Ake and Kevin De Bruyne for the trip to Anfield. City lead Jurgen Klopp's side by seven points after Liverpool's midweek home defeat against Brighton, but City have a wretched record at Anfield, with just one victory in the last forty years.

“We make a good performance there and sometimes are not able to win,” said Pep Guardiola at Friday's press conference.

“I want to see my team go to Anfield and try to win the game, like day one since we were together. We go there to win the game, not draw. We want to win the game.

“They are always a top team. They still have a top squad, they know the process, skills, methodology, they are aggressive. They will be more aggressive than ever; they rest after Brighton. They recover and will be ready.”

"Of course it would be important to win,” he said. “If you beat Liverpool, United, - it’s important to beat them, I cannot deny it. It is always difficult against Liverpool.

“It is a top club, top history, players, manager, backroom staff. Always difficult. It’s not about how many years (since City’s last win at Anfield), or whatever - there are 38 Premier League games - this is one more. 

“Not long ago we were twelfth in table and now we are first. I am not concerned more about the Liverpool game more than the rest."

Liverpool should be able to call on Alisson, Sadio Mane and Fabinho after the trio missed the home defeat to Brighton on Wednesday. Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Naby Keita all remain out injured for the time being.

“They are special games, that’s how it is", said Jurgen Klopp. But in the end it’s for three points. Obviously City in the moment are in a slightly different moment than we are, we should not forget that as well, but one thing is clear – if you don’t defend on your highest level against City, you don’t even have to think about getting anything out of the game.”

Liverpool have lost their last two games at home, but Klopp was keen to play down their recent problems at Anfield.

“It’s not that I can say, ‘don’t forget now boys’. Everyone knows it’s Anfield, we love playing there still.

“It’s a great place, the best place we can imagine so it’s all good. But we didn’t win the last two games – I know that.

“But we were not interested in winning 68 in a row so why should we now make the two we didn’t win bigger than it is. I don’t think I could sit here if we lost 68 in a row or something like that, that would be really sensational.

“So it’s all about trying again, being positive, enjoying football – all these kind of things – and make it a fortress again.”

City lost their last league game at Anfield 3-1, with Bernardo Silva getting a late consolation goal. Overall City have won 49 of the 186 games played against the Merseysiders, with 47 draws and 90 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Rodri, Gundogan, Silva, Foden, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: Liverpool 1 City 1

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'Resurrection' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2724 Fri, 05 Feb 2021 15:18:18 GMT 1 Jesus finding form, defensive options, and is this the year to break the Anfield Curse? This week:
- Gabriel Jesus finding his form
- Can City break their Anfield Curse?
- What can City expect from Championship high-fliers Swansea?
- EDS expert Sean Blinkhorn discusses Luke Mbete, Callum Doyle and Liam Delap
- Options for the defence with Laporte, Stones, Dias and Cancelo


Season 13, Episode 24: Resurrection
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Burnley vs Manchester City preview: Aguero still needs "a few weeks" according to Guardiola http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2723 Wed, 03 Feb 2021 12:44:53 GMT 4 Striker has tested negative for Covid-19 but needs to regain fitness Burnley vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 6.00 pm, Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Venue: Turf Moor, Burnley

Referee: Martin Atkinson Assistants: C Hatzidakis, E Smart Fourth Official: A Taylor VAR: S Atwell

Odds: Burnley 14/1, Draw 6/1, City 1/5

TV: BT Sport

Burnley

Manager: Sean Dyche

Squad (from): Pope, Peacock-Farrell, Norris, Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Bardsley, Long, Dunne, Cork, Gudmundsson, Brownhill, McNeil, Stephens, Westwood, Benson, Wood, Barnes, Rodriguez, Vydra, Thompson,Mumbongo

Injured: None

Doubtful: Wood, Brady, Taylor, Barnes, Brownhill

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWWWL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Laporte, Mendy, Cancelo, Garcia, Gundogan, Rodrigo, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Doyle, Bernabe, Sterling, Jesus, Torres, Mahrez, Delap

Injured: Ake, De Bruyne, Aguero

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

City will once again be without Sergio Aguero, Nathan Ake and Kevin De Bruyne for the trip to Turf Moor. Aguero is nearing a return after recovering from Covid-19, but Pep Guardiola said the striker will "need a few weeks" ro regain full fitness.

Guardiola has an impressive record against Burnley since arriving in England, having won 10 of the 11 encounters, but has warned his side against complacency on Wednesday evening.

“Always I think when playing Burnley, especially away, is that it will never be easy,” he added.

“They have played together for Sean Dyche for a long time and they know what to do really well.

“The past is nothing. Every team is a new chance, a new challenge, to do a good game.

“I pay zero attention to what happened in the past. It is about tomorrow, what we have to do to beat them. That is only my concern.”

City won their last league game at Turf Moor 4-1, with goals from Gabriel Jesus (2), Rodrigo and Riyad Mahrez. Overall City have won 51 of the 106 games played against the Clarets, with 25 draws and 30 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Rodri, Gundogan, Silva, Foden, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: Burnley 0 City 1

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