Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Manchester City vs Manchester United preview: Guardiola has virtually fully fit squad to choose from http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2389 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 16:11:42 GMT 4 Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo the only absentees as City prepare to face United Manchester City vs Manchester United

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 11th November 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: G Beswick, A Nunn Fourth Official: C Pawson

Odds: City 2/5, Draw 4/1, United 7/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: De Bruyne, Bravo

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Manchester United

Manager: Jose Mourinho

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

Injured: Dalot, Valencia

Doubtful: Lukaku

Suspended: None

Form guide: DLWWW

Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo are the only absentees from the squad as City prepare to face United in the 166th Manchester derby. Manager Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday that he has a virtually fully fit squad to choose from, but is wary of the threat posed by a resurgent Unites side.

"No doubts about that," Guardiola said. "They were able to win in Turin. Juventus are so strong. Apart from 10-15 minutes after the goal from Cristiano (Ronaldo) they were so stable.

"They are aggressive without the ball, everybody runs in front, everybody runs backwards.

"A few weeks ago, they went to Stamford Bridge, one of the toughest places - and drew 2-2 in the last minutes. They are always so complicated."

City's last home game against United at The Etihad ended in a 3-2 defeat, with Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 49 of the 165 games played against United, with 49 draws and 67 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 2 Manchester United 1

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'On The Naughty Step' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2388 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:24:33 GMT 1 FFP allegations, are City masters of the Dark Arts, and previewing the Manchester Derby This week:
- A look at the allegations facing City over Financial Fair Play
- Analysis of the performances in the big wins over Southampton and Shakhtar
- Are City "masters of the dark arts" when it comes to stopping counter-attacks?
- Previewing the Manchester Derby
- Remembering those who City lost in the First World War
- Would joining a European Super League be the end of your support for City?

Episode 10.15 - On The Naughty Step
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Manchester City vs Southampton preview: De Bruyne injured, Otamendi and Gundogan doubtful http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2387 Fri, 02 Nov 2018 17:37:49 GMT 4 Guardiola expecting difficult game against Mark Hughes' side Manchester City vs Southampton

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Sunday 4th November 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Lee Mason Assistants: M Perry, N Davies Fourth Official: C Kavanagh

Odds: City 1/9, Draw 9/1, Southampton 28/1

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Match of the Day (highlights)

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: De Bruyne, Mangala

Doubtful: Otamendi, Gundogan

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWWWW

Southampton

Manager: Mark Hughes

Squad (from): McCarthy, Gunn, Forster, Soares, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Jones, Targett, Bednarek, Valery, Davis, Elyounoussi, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Lemina, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Long, Ings, AUstin, Gabbiadini

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LDLDD

Kevin De Bruyne misses out after suffering a knee ligament injury during the Carabao Cup victory against Fulham, whilst Nicolas Otamendi and Ilkay Gundogan are doubtful.

Southampton have no injury worries of their own to contend with, and Pep Guardiola is expecting a difficult game against Mark Hughes' side.

He said: "I'm impressed with the quality they have up front and especially in the middle.

"They have talented players. They play so deep and so physical.

"It was so hard to beat them and so complicated. We have to be sharp and move well in small spaces and concede few chances in set pieces as they are strong there too.

"They had one week to prepare for this game so it will be tough. We have to be ready to get the three points."

City's last home game against Southampton at The Etihad ended in a 2-1 victory, with Raheem Sterling netting a dramatic late winner for the Blues. Overall City have won 32 of the 88 games played against the Saints, with 25 draws and 31 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Southampton 1

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Kevin De Bruyne suffers knee ligament damage http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2386 Fri, 02 Nov 2018 17:20:55 GMT 1 Belgian international likely to be out for up to six weeks Kevin De Bruyne has suffered knee ligament damage, and is expected to be out for up to six weeks, the club revealed on Friday.

The Belgian midfielder limped off in the latter stages of last night's Carabao Cup victory against Fulham, and underwent scans to confirm the extent of the injury today.

De Bruyne previously injured a ligament in his right knee in August, and as such has only made three appearances so far this season.

Pep Guardiola said: "Unfortunately he is injured but fortunately he will come back in four-six weeks.

"He was so sad. But today less sad and tomorrow he will be stronger again. He can spend time with his family, then it's international break and then he will be back."

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Carabao Cup quarter-final draw details http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2384 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 09:16:54 GMT 1 City/Fulham to face Leicester/Southampton in quarter finals following the draw on Wednesday evening City will face either Leicester City or Southampton away in the quarter-finals of the Carbao Cup, should the Blues overcome Fulham in tonight's fourth round clash at The Etihad.

The game between Leicester and Southampton was scheduled to be played on Tuesday evening, but was postponed following the helicopter crash which claimed the life of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. A rearranged date has yet to be confirmed.

The quarter-final ties will be played on the week commencing 17th December.

Draw in full:

Arsenal v Tottenham

Leicester/Southampton v Manchester City/Fulham

Middlesbrough v Burton

Chelsea v Bournemouth

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Win a pair of Carabao Cup tickets to Manchester City v Fulham on Thursday 1st November, courtesy of Carabao Energy Drink http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2382 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:56:32 GMT 1 Four pairs of tickets up for grabs for Etihad clash Carabao Energy Drink has teamed up with Blue Moon to give four lucky City fans the chance to win a pair of tickets to Manchester City v Fulham on 1st November. 

Currently in the second year as official title sponsor of the Carabao Cup, South-East Asian energy drink Carabao is looking to build on the success of the inaugural season, which saw Manchester City lift the cup in front of 85,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

Carabao is not like other energy drinks. It was invented in Thailand. By a rock star. Called Aed Carabao. Aed Carabao then named both his band and his new energy drink after a buffalo in South East Asia, called a Carabao, admired for its physical power, extraordinary stamina and unbreakable spirit. The product offers a premium, great tasting energy boost, designed to give hard working men and women a boost of energy to help them get through their increasingly busy and bonkers lives.

The energy drink is available in five flavours, Original, Original Sugar Free, Green Apple, Green Apple Sugar Free and Mandarin Orange.

Carabao is currently stocked in Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Co-op, WHSmith Travel, Booker, BP, Spar, Roadchef and Greene King as well as a significant number of independent retailers.

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, simply answer the following question: 

Who did City beat in the Third Round of this years Carabao Cup?

Please email your answer to ric@bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk by 5pm, Wednesday 24th October 2018.

Good Luck and Get Game Ready!

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'A Lego Inca Pyramid' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2381 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:06:17 GMT 1 Sterling's importance, Joe Hart returns, David White interview (part 2) This week:
- Raheem Sterling's worth to City as he ends his England goal drought
- Joe Hart returns to the Etihad as City face Burnley
- David White discusses the highlights of his City career on the pitch
- Howard Hockin talks big clubs and small clubs
- Assessing the route from the academy to the first team

Episode 10.12 - A Lego Inca Pyramid
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This week's bonus show is all about City players from the local community. This week's show is almost as long as the main show, coming in at 47 minutes - as it includes a whole host of interviews with players who were from Manchester and came through the ranks at Maine Road.

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Manchester City vs Burnley preview: De Bruyne returns to squad after knee injury http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2380 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:59:19 GMT 4 Belgian midfielder back in contention following nine weeks on the sidelines Manchester City vs Burnley

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 20th October 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

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

Odds: City 1/10, Draw 14/1, Burnley 40/1

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Match of the Day (highlights)

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Bravo, Danilo, Gundogan, Mangala

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWD

Burnley

Manager: Sean Dyche

Squad (from): Hart, Heaton, Lindegaard, Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Bardsley, Long, Cork, Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Defour, Westwood, Lennon, Vokes, Barnes, Wood, Vydra

Injured: Ward, Pope, Gibson, Brady

Doubtful: Defour

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWLWD

Kevin De Bruyne is back in the squad after missing the last nine weeks with a knee injury sustained at The Emirates on the opening weekend of the season. Fabian Delph is also back in contention, although Ilkay Gundogan will be unavailable for the next fortnight. Danilo is also ruled out with an anke injury picked up on international duty with Brazil.

“I don’t know if he [De Bruyne] is able to play 90 minutes", said Guardiola at Friday's press conference.

"He trained the last two weeks. He has no pain and is ready to be part of the group.

“He is such an important player for us. Whenever a player is out, I like when they come back because the stronger we will be.

“Kevin, there is no doubt how important he is for us."

City's last home league game against Burnley at The Etihad ended in a 3-0 victory, with Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi, and Leroy Sane netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 44 of the 99 games played against Fulham, with 25 draws and 30 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Burnley 0

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'Chess or Chicken' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2375 Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:26:34 GMT 1 David White interview, a point at Anfield, and Sterling's contract situation This week:
- Penalties, possession, and a point at Anfield
- David White talks about the abuse he suffered as a young boy
- Development of Aymeric Laporte and John Stones' partnership
- Raheem Sterling's contract situation

Episode 10.11 - Chess or Chicken
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This week's bonus show is all about Kevin De Bruyne and his impact on City's team.

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Liverpool vs Manchester City preview: Mendy and De Bruyne train ahead of Anfield clash http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2374 Fri, 05 Oct 2018 16:08:41 GMT 4 Delph ruled out with injury, whilst Gundogan faces late fitness test Liverpool vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 7th October 2018

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool

Referee: Martin Atkinson Assistants: A Child, L Betts Fourth Official: S Atwell

Odds: Liverpool 8/5, Draw 27/10, City 15/8

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Bravo, Mangala, Delph

Doubtful: Gundogan, De Bruyne

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWWWW

Liverpool

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

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

Injured: Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Doubtful: Keita

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWLDL

Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy are in contention to face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Both players trained at the CFA today, and Pep Guardiola refused to rule out the possibility that either player could be involved at the weekend. Fabian Delph has, however, been ruled out whilst Ilkay Gundogan will face a late fitness test.

The Blues lost three of the four games played against Jurgen Klopp's side last season, but Guardiola played down the significance of that stat.

"Every game is completely different. In the first Champions League game we made a good performance except at the end of the first half.

"At home we made very good game as well. It doesn’t matter that we lost. Since Jurgen took over he has a lot of weapons to attack on the counter and in set pieces and they take advantage of mistakes. 

"They are so good at making a real attack and the three guys in front connect very well. They are a top side and reached the Champions League final."

City's last away league game at Anfield ended in a 4-3 defeat, with Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan, and Bernardo Silva neeting for the Blues. Overall City have won 46 of the 180 games played against Liverpool, with 45 draws and 89 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Score prediction: Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2

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