Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds 'David Copperfield's Mirrors' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2415 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:00:47 GMT 1 David Silva's legacy at City, chasing the league leaders, Huddersfield & Burton preview This week:
- David Silva's legacy at City
- Reviewing a professional win over Wolves
- Howard Hockin on respect and empty seats
- Assessing City's position in the title race
- Previewing Huddersfield and Burton Albion

Episode 10.27 - David Copperfield's Mirrors
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Manchester City vs Wolves preview: Kompany and Aguero back in contention http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2414 Fri, 11 Jan 2019 16:48:13 GMT 4 Duo could return for visit of Nuno Espírito Santo's side Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 8.00pm, Monday 14th January 2019

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Craig Pawson Assistants: L Betts, E Smart Fourth Official: C Kavanagh

Odds: City 1/5, Draw 7/1, Wolves 17/1

Tickets: On sale via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Sky Sports

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: Bravo, Mendy, Mangala

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWWWW

Wolves

Manager: Nuno Espírito Santo

Squad (from): Patricio, Ruddy, Norris, Doherty, Bennett, Boly, Coady, Jonny, Vinagre, Neves, Gibbs-White, Jota, Giles, Watt, Pote, Saiss, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Cavaleiro, Jimenez, Costa, Bonatini, Traore

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LDWLW

Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany are both available for the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night, Pep Guardiola confirmed. Apart from long term absentees Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy, City have no other injury concerns.

“Sergio right after game against Liverpool he was sick,” Guardiola said. “He is a little bit better, today was his first training session.

“Vincent is recovering also well after the game with Liverpool. He’s getting better.”

Guardiola's side drew 1-1 at Molineux earlier in the season, and the City manager is expecting another difficult game.

“We realised that last season in Carabao Cup, we saw how complicated they are,” he said.

“Strong, physical, good set pieces, strong on counter attack. When you are tired in the last minutes, they put on new players.

“They defend deep, switch play, control many areas. Good set piece - Neves. That’s why they are doing incredibly well in the Premier League.”

City's last home game against Wolves ended in a 0-0 draw in last season's Carabao Cup, with the Blues winning the subsequent penalty shoot-out 4-1. Overall City have won 47 of the 118 games played against Wolves, with 25 draws and 46 defeats.

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

Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Wolves 1

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'Are You Not Entertained?' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2413 Fri, 11 Jan 2019 09:51:18 GMT 1 Respectful play, Foden's milestones, Wolves preview, Euro away tickets This week:
- How to play respectfully
- 16 goals in two games - and the momentum it brings
- Phil Foden's milestones and development
- Previewing Wolves on Monday night
- The obsession with empty seats
- European away tickets and the ticket points system

Episode 10.26 - Are You Not Entertained?
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City to face Burnley in FA Cup Fourth Round http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2412 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 09:50:36 GMT 1 Tie to be played at The Etihad on the weekend commencing 26th January City will face Sean Dyche's Burnley side in the fourth round of the FA Cup, following the draw on Monday evening. The tie will be played on the weekend beginning 26th January.

The Blues qualified courtesy of an emphatic 7-0 victory against Rotherham, whilst Burnley were 1-0 victors against Barnsley.

The two sides also met in the FA Cup last season, with Pep Guardiola's team winning 4-1 at The Etihad courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero (2), Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva.

The draw in full:

Arsenal v Manchester United
Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Barnet v Brentford
Portsmouth v QPR
Middlesbrough v Newport
Manchester City v Burnley
Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday/Luton
Newcastle/Blackburn v Watford
Accrington Stanley v Derby or Southampton
Doncaster v Oldham
Brighton v West Brom
Bristol City v Bolton
Shrewsbury/Stoke v Wolves
Millwall v Everton
Swansea v Gillingham
AFC Wimbledon v West Ham

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Brahim Diaz joins Real Madrid in deal worth initial £15.5m http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2411 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 14:40:48 GMT 1 Spanish youngster signs six-and-a-half year deal at the Bernabeu Brahim Diaz has completed a £15.5m move to Real Madrid, and was presented to the Spanish media on Monday. The youngster signed a six-and-a-half year deal which will keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025. It is thought the deal could be worth as much as £22m to City eventually with add-ons, and includes a 15% sell on fee (which rises to 40% should he join Manchester United).

Diaz joined City from Malaga in 2015, and went on to make 15 appearances for the club, scoring two goals in a 2-0 victory against Fulham in the EFL Cup earlier this season. The club were understood to be keen to extend the player's contract, which was due to expire in the summer, but Madrid swooped to clinch a deal for the highled regarded forward.

In a statement posted to his official Instagram account, Diaz paid tribute to City and their fans.

“Today, I close a chapter of my life and I say goodbye to Manchester City, the club where I have grown. I came here being a kid and now I am a professional footballer.

“Thank you to all the managers in the club, from the academy to the first team, for believing in me because they taught me not only to be a better player, but a better person. Thank you to all the backroom staff and the medical services. Thank you to everyone involved in the offices working to make this club improve every day. Thank you to my teammates. And thank you, of course, to every single Manchester City supporter. I will never forget having my name chanted from the stands the night we beat Fulham in the League Cup.”

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Manchester City vs Liverpool preview: De Bruyne in contention for top of the table clash http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2410 Thu, 03 Jan 2019 14:44:35 GMT 4 Belgian midfielder back in training following muscular injury Manchester City vs Liverpool

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 8.00pm, Thursday 3rd January 2019

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Anthony TaylorAssistants: G Beswick, A Nunn Fourth Official: M Atkinson

Odds: City evens, Draw 5/2, Liverpool 13/5

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Bravo, Mendy, Mangala,

Doubtful: De Bruyne

Suspended: Delph

Form guide: WDLLW

Liverpool

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Squad (from): Alisson, Mignolet, Grabara, Clyne, van Dijk, Lovren, Moreno, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Henderson, Lallana, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi

Injured: Matip, Gomez, Solanke, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Doubtful: Milner

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Kevin De Bruyne could be available again after missing the victory at Southampton with a muscle problem. Pep Guardiola said in his press conference that the Belgian midfielder was "much better", but that he would face a fitness test before the game. Fabian Delph serves the second game of a three match ban, which could see Danilo fill in at left back.

Liverpool enjoy a seven point lead at the top of the table, and a defeat for the Blues could be a decisive blow in the title race but Guardiola struck a defiant note ahead of the game.

“Our reality is clear,” Guardiola said. “We are seven points down. It is the second round of games and I have a feeling there is a big opportunity for us to reduce the gap.

“People are asking what we will do if we lose but we are going to try to win the game, be there and have a chance to fight for the Premier League.”

City's last home league game against Liverpool ended in a 5-0 victory, with Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus (2) and Leroy Sane (2) netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 46 of the 181 games played against Liverpool, with 46 draws and 89 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Danilo, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 2 Liverpool 2

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Manchester City vs Crystal Palace preview: Silva and Kompany miss out http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2408 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:08:09 GMT 4 Guardiola confirms that duo are back in training but won't be considered for tomorrow's game Manchester City vs Crystal Palace

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 22nd December 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Andre Marriner Assistants: S Ledger, H Lennard Fourth Official: A Taylor

Odds: City 1/6, Draw 8/1, Crystal Palace 20/1

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Match of the Day (highlights)

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Bravo, Mendy, Mangala, D Silva, Kompany

Doubtful: Danilo

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWWD

Crystal Palace

Manager: Roy Hodgson

Squad (from): Speroni, Hennessey, Guaita, Ward, van Aanholt, Tomkins, Dann, Sakho, Schlupp, Souare, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Riedewald, Milivojevic, Meyer, Kouyate, Townsend, McArthur, Puncheon, Sorloth, Zaha, Ayew, Wickham

Injured: Benteke

Doubtful: Kouyate, Hennessey

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWLLW

David Silva and Vincent Kompany have both returned to training following injuries, but manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that they will not feature against Crystal Palace this weekend. Brazilian full back Danilo is back in contention, and could replace Kyle Walker with Guardiola likely to make changes ahead of a busy Christmas schedule.

Roy Hodgson's side have struggled so far this season, but Guardiola expects a stern test at The Etihad tomorrow.

“All the players have quality and (they have) an incredible experienced manager”, said Guardiola.

“They know exactly what they have to do so maybe people expect better results but they create chances. It’s complicated.”

City's last home game against Palace ended in a 5-0 victory, with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling (2), Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 31 of the 59 games played against the Eagles, with 13 draws and 15 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, B Silva, Sterling, Sane, Jesus

Score prediction: Manchester City 4 Crystal Palace 0

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'The Little Devil on the Shoulder' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2407 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:17:13 GMT 1 Jesus's form returns, how City 'controlled' United's decisions, remembering "York away" This week:
- Reaction to City's wins over Everton and Leicester
- Gabriel Jesus's return to form
- 20 year ago and remembering "York away"
- Previewing Crystal Palace and Leicester
- Howard Hockin explains how City have influenced United's recent decisions

Episode 10.21 - Panic at the First Sign of Trouble
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City to face Schalke 04 in Champions League Round of 16 http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2403 Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:49:31 GMT 1 Blues handed favourable draw in first knock out stage City will face Schalke 04 in the Champions League Round of 16, following the draw in Nyon on Monday morning. The first leg will take place at the Veltins-Arena on Wednesday 20th February 2019 (8pm), with the return leg to be played in Manchester on Tuesday 12th March 2019.

The Blues comfortably topped Group F with 13 points, and were rewarded with a tie against the team currently 13th in the Bundesliga.

However, Director of Football Txiki Begiristain warned of the danger of underestimating their opponents in the first knock out phase.

“Schalke will be difficult. After a winter break, German clubs are always very dangerous.

“It is always important to finish top of your group because you have the advantage to play the second leg at home.

"German clubs are always very strong. They are box-to-box and energetic."

Full draw

Schalke v City

Man United v Paris Saint-Germain

Atletico Madrid v Juventus

Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund

Lyon v Barcelona

Roma v Porto

Ajax v Real Madrid

Liverpool v Bayern Munich

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'Panic at the First Sign of Trouble' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2401 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:10:31 GMT 1 Nedum Onuoha on racism in football, Chelsea & Hoffenheim reaction, Foden's development This week:
- Nedum Onuoha and Leon Mike on racism in football and society
- How City will react to their first PL defeat of the season
- Reaction to the games with Chelsea and Hoffenheim
- Previewing matches with Everton and Leicester
- Howard Hockin on why City have to stop Liverpool

Episode 10.20 - Panic at the First Sign of Trouble
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