Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds City start title defence away at Arsenal http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2339 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:10:31 GMT 1 Guardiola's side visit The Emirates on the opening weekend of the 2018/19 season City will start the defence of their Premier League title away at Arsenal on the opening weekend of the 2018/19 season. City won the corresponding fixture 3-0 last season, and it is a daunting start for new Gunners boss Unai Emery.

City's first home game is against Huddersfield Town, followed by a trip to newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The first Manchester derby will take place at The Etihad on November 10th, with the return fixture at Old Trafford scheduled for March 16th.

The Blues end the season with a trip to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion.

All fixtures are subject to change, with the first games selected for TV coverage set to be announced in early July.

August

11: Arsenal (a)
18: Huddersfield (h)
25: Wolves (a)

September

1: Newcastle (h)
15: Fulham (h)
22: Cardiff (a)
29: Brighton (h)

October

6: Liverpool (a)
20: Burnley (h)
27: Tottenham (a)

November

3: Southampton (h)
10: Manchester United (h)
24: West Ham (a)

December

1: Bournemouth (h)
4: Watford (a)
8: Chelsea (a)
15: Everton (h)
22: Crystal Palace (h)
26: Leicester (a)
29: Southampton (a)

January

1: Liverpool (h)
12: Wolves (h)
19: Huddersfield (a)
30: Newcastle (a)

February

2: Arsenal (h)
9: Chelsea (h)
23: Everton (a)
27: West Ham (h)

March

2: Bournemouth (a)
9: Watford (h)
16: Manchester United (a)
30: Fulham (a)

April

6: Cardiff (h)
13: Crystal Palace (a)
20: Tottenham (h)
27: Burnley (a)

May

4: Leicester (h)
12: Brighton (a)

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City appoint new under-23 coach http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2338 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:57:03 GMT 1 Paul Harsley replaces Simon Davies as EDS manager Paul Harsley has replaced Simon Davies as City's EDS manager, the club announced yesterday.

Harsley, who made 500 appearances as player in the leower leagues, had been coaching Barnsley's under-23 side and was briefly caretaker manager of their first team.

Davies, meanwhile, has become Head of Coaching for the Under-13s to U23s.

Academy Director Jason Wilcox said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul to the role of EDS manager.

“He is a forward-thinking coach who has had an extensive playing career and comes to us with an excellent reputation of working with young players.

“He is a great addition to our coaching staff and he is inheriting a talented group of players.”

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Amazon release trailer for Manchester City documentary http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2335 Thu, 17 May 2018 10:32:58 GMT 1 All or Nothing set to be released later this year on Amazon Prime Amazon Prime have released a trailer for their forthcoming behind the scenes documentary entitled All or Nothing: Manchester City.

The new series is set to be released later this year, and follows Pep Guardiola and his City team as they embarked on what proved to be a record breaking season.

According to Amazon, the series will “include interviews and dressing room action with legendary coach Pep Guardiola as well as the week-on-week stories that unfold within the lives of the players, offering fans closer access to Manchester City’s superstars from Kevin de Bruyne to Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and more.”

Watch the trailer below:

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Four City players named in England World Cup squad http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2334 Thu, 17 May 2018 10:18:35 GMT 1 Fabian Delph, Kyle Walker, John Stones and Raheem Sterling included in Southgate's 23-man squad Four City players have been named in Gareth Southgate's 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup. Fabian Delph joins team mates Kyle Walker, John Stones and Raheem Sterling on the plane to Russia, but goalkeeper Joe Hart has been left out, following a disappointing season on loan at West Ham.

England start their Group G campaign against Tunisia on 18 June, before games against Panama on 24 June and Belgium on 28 June.

"I believe this is a squad we can be excited about," Southgate said.

"It is a young group but with some really important senior players, so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance."

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley).

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Guardiola named as the League Managers Association manager of the year http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2333 Thu, 17 May 2018 10:04:45 GMT 1 Spaniard becomes the first ever City manager to win the award Pep Guardiola was named as the League Managers Association manager of the year at a ceremony in London on Tuesday evening.

The City boss beat off competition from Jurgen Klopp, Sean Syche, Nuno Espirito, Neil Warnock and John Coleman and becomes the first ever City manager to win the award.

Guardiola led the Blues to the Premier League title in his second season in England, smashing a number of previously held records along the way.

His side won the title with a record 100 points, scoring 106 goals and dropping just 14 points all season.

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'The Larger of the Chuckles' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2332 Fri, 11 May 2018 11:11:23 GMT 1 The trophy lift, the Toure send-off, the ticket price increase This week:
- Enjoying City's latest title celebrations, as the team lifts the Premier League trophy for the third time
- A send-off for Yaya Toure from the podcast team - looking back at his highlights at the Etihad
- After the average 3% rise in ticket prices, the team discuss their thoughts on the hike
- Looking ahead to the game with Southampton and the prospect City could achieve 100 points
- How could City's England players feature at the World Cup? 

Episode 9.41 - The Larger of the Chuckles
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Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion preview: Yaya Toure due to start on final appearance for the club http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2331 Wed, 09 May 2018 11:12:51 GMT 4 Ivorian midfielder to leave The Etihad at the end of the season after eight years at the club Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 8.00pm, Wednesday 9th May 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Paul Tierney Assistants: S Beck, A Garratt Fourth Official: R Madley

Odds: City 1/7, Draw 8/1, Brighton 20/1. See more online betting.

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from):Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Sane, B Silva, Sterling, Toure, Jesus, Nmecha

Injured: Aguero

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWWWL

Brighton & Hove Albion

Manager: Chris Hughton

Squad (from): Ryan, Mäenpää, Krul, Bruno, Bong, Hunemeier, Dunk, Goldson, Schelotto, Duffy, Rosenior, Suttner, Kayal, Groß, Stephens, Skalak, Knockaert, March, Propper, Baldock, Hemed, Ulloa, Locadia, Izquierdo, Murray

Injured: Brown, Sidwell

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDDLD

Sergio Aguero remains City's only absentee through injury, whilst club legend Yaya Toure is due to start in his final game for the club. Pep Guardiola paid tribute to the Ivorain midfielder in Tuesday's press conference:

“Tomorrow is his last game at the Etihad stadium,” Guardiola said. “We will try and play for him and win for him.

“Yaya is part of the club, not just because of the trophies he has won but because he transmitted to everyone the club can be bigger and greater.

“He is beloved, he is calm, he loves football and I’m very pleased with the success he has had.

“The footballers made the club bigger and bigger and bigger. He is one of the most important players in the whole history.

“He helped this club step forward hopefully we can play a good game and dedicate it to him.”

City's last home game game against Brighton ended in a 2-1 victory thirty years ago, with goals from Ian Brightwell and Paul Moulden. Overall City have won 9 of the 18 games played against the Seagulls, with 5 draws and 4 defeats.

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

Score prediction: City 3 Brighton 1

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Raheem Sterling is the Bluemoon Player of the Month for April http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2330 Wed, 09 May 2018 10:24:45 GMT 1 England international takes his season tally to 22 with strikes against Spurs and Swansea Raheem Sterling has been named as the Bluemoon Player of the Month for April 2018, winning 73% of the vote in the forum's online poll.

It was a mixed month for Pep Guardiola's side, with successive defeats against Liverpool in both legs of the Champions League quarter final, and the home derby against United. However, the Blues rallied to win their remaining three league fixtures against Spurs, Swansea and West Ham, clinching the Premier League title in the process.

Sterling had come in for some criticism, after a number of missed opportunities cost City dearly in the Manchester derby, but Pep Guardiola was effusive in his praise of the young forward:

“Sometimes we judge him about ‘he missed that goal’, ‘he missed again that shot’, but the amount of actions he creates, the assists today, he creates fouls, penalties, because he's so fast and quick, sometimes he is unstoppable in those situations,” Guardiola said.

“And the most magnificent thing is he is 23 years old, so he is still focused, keeping the desire to get better, as a player. His understanding of the game is global: he's a guy who can create inside, make a movement outside, dribbling, runs in behind. Still he misses simple balls still, and he has to be more aggressive in this kind of things.”

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New Manchester City home kit for 2018/19 season revealed http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2329 Wed, 09 May 2018 09:58:24 GMT 1 Design is final home kit to be manufactured by Nike as six year deal comes to a close Manchester City have unveiled their kit for the 2018/19 season, and will wear the new design against Brighton & Hove Albion at The Etihad this evening.

This will be the final kit produced by Nike, as their six year association with the club comes to an end. City were getting £20m a year under the terms of the package agreed in 2012, but look set to double that figure by moving to a new supplier, rumoured to be Puma.

As such, this feels like a somewhat uninspiring design from Nike, bearing many similarities to the 2016/17 home kit. Anyway, according to the club's official blurb:

"Drawing inspiration from key moments in the Club’s history, the 2018/19 home jersey features the customary City blue colour, with dark blue speed blur stripes along the arms and shoulders.

"The neckline features a V neck with a button detail on the collar, while white shorts and midnight navy socks with a City blue band detail complete the kit.

"A return to navy socks echoes the kit worn when City first won the league title in 1937 and also in the pivotal 1998/99 season, which is considered by many to be the turning point in the modern history of the club. The kit will be worn by the men’s and women’s teams."

The kit is available at mancity.com/shop and nike.com.

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Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town preview: Kompany and Stones return from injury http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2328 Fri, 04 May 2018 18:06:12 GMT 4 City will be presented with Premier League trophy after the game as Guardiola seeks to break more records Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 1.30pm, Sunday 5th May 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: S Bennett, S Long Fourth Official: P Tierney

Odds: City 1/9, Draw 13/1, Huddersfield 33/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Aguero

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWLL

Huddersfield Town

Manager: David Wagner

Squad (from): Lössl, Coleman, Green, Smith, Malone, Kongolo, Löwe, ZAnka, Schindler, Stankovic, Hadergjonaj, Whitehead, Hogg, Scannell, Billing, Mooy, Sabiri, van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Depoitre, Quaner, Mounie

Injured: Kachunga, Williams, Hefele

Doubtful: Ince

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWDLL

Vincent Kompany is available again after missing the victory against West Ham with a muscle problem, whilst John Stones is also in the squad after recovering from an adductor injury. Sergio Aguero's rehabilitation is going well, according to manager Pep Guardiola, and the forward should be fine in time for the World Cup this summer.

City will be presented with the Premier League trophy after the Huddersfield game, and Guardiola is keen to break as many records as possible in City's remaining fixtures.

“What we have to think about is winning another game when that happens we will break huge records,” he said.

“But the target is to play good. We are here 10 months fighting every week to do this.

“We ask our fans to come, enjoy the 90 minutes and for a lot of us it will be the first time we have done this.

“There are 20 players and a lot of staff who have never won the Premier League - so we are going to enjoy it.”

City's last home game against the Terriers The Etihad ended in a 5-1 victory for the Blues in the fifth round of the 2017 FA Cup, with goals from Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero (2), Pablo Zabaleta and Kelechi Iheanacho. Overall City have won 26 of the 77 games played against Huddersfield, with 29 draws and 22 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, D Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Jesus

Score prediction: Manchester City 4 Huddersfield Town 0

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