Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Manchester City vs Crystal Palace preview: Guardiola has no new injury worries http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2570 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:32:06 GMT 4 Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane both back in training Manchester City vs Crystal Palace

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 18th January 2020

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Graham Scott Assistants: N Davies, D Eaton Fourth Official: J Simpson

Odds: City 1/9, Draw 10/1, Palace 25/1

Tickets: On sale via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Carson, Ederson, Angelino, Cancelo, Garcia, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Rodri, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Laporte, Sane

Doubtful: Aguero, Stones

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Crystal Palace

Manager: Roy Hodgson

Squad (from): Hennessey, Henderson, Guaita, Tomkins, Cahill, Kelly, Woods, Riedewald, Kouyate, McArthur, Kirby. McCarthy, Ayew, Zaha, Benteke, Tosun, Wickham

Injured: Townsend, Schlupp, Ward, Dann, van Aanholt, Sakho, Meyer

Doubtful: Benteke

Suspended: Milivojevic

Form guide: DLDDW

Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane have both stepped up their recovery from injury, although neither will be involved against Crystal Palace. Manager Pep Guardiola reported in Friday's press conference that he has no other injury worries:

“Leroy is still not training with us but everything is going really well.

“Aymeric made another week with us training.

“Everyone else is more or less fit, yeah.”

Guardiola gave the squad two days off during the week, and hopes his players will be revitalised for the visit of Roy Hodgson's Palace side:

“We had one or two days off then we train and prepare for the game,” he said. “How to defend, how to attack them.”

City lost the last game against the Eagles at The Etihad, with Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne netting in a 3-2 defeat. Overall City have won 33 of the 62 games played against Palace, with 13 draws and 16 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy, Gundogan, D Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Jesus, Aguero

Score prediction: City 4 Palace 0

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'The Football Nerd' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2569 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:38:12 GMT 1 Is Sergio Aguero the Premier League's best ever? Are the Madrid tickets too expensive? This week:
- In-depth discussion on Sergio Aguero's City career
- Are the ticket prices for the tie with Real Madrid too high?
- Previewing games with Crystal Palace and Sheffield United
- The MEN's Stuart Brennan on City's chances in Europe
- The Champions League vs the League Cup - as UEFA looks to expand



Season 11, Episode 28: The Football Nerd
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Carabao Cup Competition http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2568 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:17:16 GMT 1 Win a pair of Carabao Cup tickets to Manchester City vs Manchester United on 29th January courtesy of Carabao Energy Drink  Carabao Energy Drink has teamed up with Bluemoon to give one lucky Manchester City fan the chance to win a pair of tickets to Manchester City vs Manchester United on 29th January 2020.

Currently in its third year as the official title sponsor of the Carabao Cup, South-East Asian energy drink Carabao is continuing to give football fans across the nation the chance to see their team for free by giving away thousands of tickets.

Last year’s competition saw over 1.2 million people pass through the turnstiles at Carabao Cup fixtures and culminated in a showpiece Wembley Final. 

Carabao Energy Drinks are great-tasting, fruity low sugar and no sugar drinks that provide an energy boost for everyone, specifically adults of all ages, to get them through their day. Carabao has half the sugar of other leading energy drinks and comes in a range of flavours that taste just like soft drinks, such as Green Apple, Mandarin Orange, Original, Green Apple Sugar Free and Original Sugar Free.  

Carabao is currently stocked in Asda, BP, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Spa, WHSmith, as well as a significant number of independent retailers.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, simply answer the following question: 

Who scored City's opening goal at Old Trafford in the first leg of this season's Carabao Cup semi-final?

Email your answer to ric@bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk (with the subject "Carabao Cup competition") before 5pm, Tuesday 21st January 2020.

For more information about Carabao, please visit: http://www.carabaoenergy.co.uk , @CarabaoUK

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'A Live Picasso Painting' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2566 Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:05:00 GMT 1 Humiliating United, Champions League ticket prices, Aston Villa fan preview This week:
- The humiliation of Manchester United
- Best City celebrations
- David Michael from My Old Man Said on Aston Villa's season so far
- Howard Hockin on how City have progressed past United
- Champions League ticket prices - and the Real Madrid tie



Season 11, Episode 27: A Live Picasso Painting
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Blues given Leroy Sane boost http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2564 Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:31:30 GMT 1 Guardiola believes German international is "close" to return Manchester City have been given an injury boost after manager Pep Guardiola revealed that Leroy Sane is close to a return to training.

The German international suffered knee ligament damager in the Community Shield victory over Liverpool, and has missed the last five months as a result.

Sane had been linked with a move to Bayern Munich during the summer, but his return will give the Blues a boost as they continue to fight on four fronts.

Guardiola said: 'I think he is close. I spoke with him two days ago and he said to me he is training alone with the ball, he is doing incredibly well.

'His knee looks really good so I don't think it is going to take too much time to come back to train with us. I think in the next few weeks he can come back.'

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City to face Fulham in FA Cup Fourth Round http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2563 Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:23:23 GMT 1 Holders face Scott Parker's side at The Etihad after defeating Port Vale Manchester City will face Fulham at The Etihad in the Fourth Round of this season's FA Cup, following the draw on Monday evening.

The Blues qualified courtesy of a 4-1 victory against Port Vale, whilst Fulham defeated Aston Villa 2-1.

The tie will be played between Friday 24 and Monday 27 January.

Draw in full:

Watford or Tranmere Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers or Manchester United

Hull City v Chelsea

Southampton v Middlesbrough or Tottenham Hotspur

Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday

Bournemouth v Arsenal

Northampton Town v Derby County

Brentford v Leicester City

Millwall v Sheffield United

Reading or Blackpool v Cardiff City or Carlisle United

West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion

Burnley v Norwich City

Bristol Rovers or Coventry City v Birmingham City

Manchester City v Fulham

Rochdale or Newcastle United v Oxford United

Portsmouth v Barnsley

Bristol City or Shrewsbury Town v Liverpool

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'The Rookie' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2559 Fri, 03 Jan 2020 10:36:49 GMT 1 Eric Garcia settles in, VAR gives nothing, Guardiola's 100 PL wins, Port Vale preview This week:
- Eric Garcia looking at home in the City defence
- Why was the VAR so bizarre this week?
- Guardiola is the quickest to 100 Premier League wins
- Port Vale and United cup previews
- A flashback to 2014-15 in Rob Wilson's review of the decade



Season 11, Episode 25: The Rookie
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Manchester City vs Leicester City preview: Aguero and Stones return to training http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2556 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 16:47:14 GMT 4 Duo could be on bench after taking part in last two training sessions Manchester City vs Leicester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 21st December 2019

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: D Cann, D Robathan Fourth Official: A Madley

Odds: City 4/11, Draw 9/2, Leicester 7/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Carson, Ederson, Angelino, Cancelo, Garcia, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Rodri, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Laporte, Sane, Silva

Doubtful: Aguero, Stones

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWWW

Leicester City

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Squad (from): Schmeichel, Ward, Jakupovic, Justin, Chilwell, Soyuncu, Morgan, Evans, Benkovic, Amartey, Pereira, Fuchs, Gray, Tielemans, Maddison, Albrighton, Barnes, Choudhury, Mendy, Ndidi, Praet, Vardy, Iheanacho, Perez

Injured: James

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWDD

Sergio Aguero and John Stones have given Pep Guardiola a fitness boost ahead of the visit of Leicester City. Both players have returned to training following injury, and could be on the bench tomorrow. David Silva, however, is still suffering from a knock sustained during the derby defeat to United.

Leicester currently lead City by four points in the Premier League table, and Guardiola is expecting a difficult game at The Etihad.

“They did really well last season when Brendan Rodgers took over the team,” said Guardiola. “And this season as well.

“They have been so consistent in this part of the season.

“They play the same. Except Maguire, the team is the same. There is a lot of quality up front and in the middle. At the back they are solid.

“They play so good on the counter attack. They play so good in their positional game. They control all parts of the game.

“It is a fantastic team, it was last season. After that game it was my feeling they would be fighting for the top four and it’s happened."

City won the last game against the Foxes at The Etihad, courtesy of a wonder strike from Vincent Kompany. Overall City have won 50 of the 102 games played against Leicester, with 24 draws and 28 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy, Rodri, Gundogan, Foden, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: City 2 Leicester 2

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February fixture changes announced http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2555 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 16:26:50 GMT 1 Four of City's games moved in order to be shown live on Sky Sports Four of City's fixtures in February have been moved in order to be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Our visit to White Hart Lane has been moved to Sunday 2nd February, with a 4.30pm kick off, whilst the home game against West Ham the following weekend has also been moved back to the Sunday (9th February), again with a 4.30pm kick off.

City's first game back after the international break sees the Blues visit the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester, in a 5.30pm kick on Saturday 22nd February. Mikel Arteta's return to The Etihad with Arsenal has been moved to Sunday 1st March with a 2pm kick off, although this could change if City reach the Carabao Cup final.

Fixture changes in full:

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City - 4.30pm, Sunday 2nd February 2020

Manchester City vs West Ham United - 4.30pm, Sunday 9th February 2020

Leicester City vs Manchester City - 5.30pm, Saturday 22nd February 2020

Manchester City vs Arsenal - 2.00pm, Sunday 1st March 2020

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Mikel Arteta confirmed as new Arsenal manager http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2554 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 16:11:42 GMT 1 Spaniard leaves The Etihad after three successful years Mike Arteta has left Manchester City to become Arsenal's new manager. Arteta joined the club in 2016, and became assistant to Pep Guardiola in 2018 when Domenec Torrent joined New York City.

Speculation had been rife that the Spaniard was the favourite to replace Unai Emery at The Emirates, and Arsenal confirmed the appointment this afternoon. City are unlikely to replace Arteta directly, with Guardiola expected to promote from within his existing backroom team.

Guardiola said: “Mikel has been an excellent coach for Manchester City. He has shown impressive dedication, hard work and knowledge of football during his time here and has been a real contributor to the Club’s achievements over the past years. We all wish him well in his new role; I am sure he is ready for it.”

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Mikel, as a member of Pep’s team, has contributed significantly to the Club in his time here in Manchester.  His work on the training field and detailed preparations have helped us become a side that wins with regularity and in style. This move to Arsenal is a further step in his football development and I am sure he will become a top-class coach.”

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