Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds 'The Second Honeymoon of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2516 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:27:47 GMT 1 Defensive injuries, coping with shock defeats, should co-commentators be impartial? This week:
- City's defensive options and coping with centre-back injuries
- How do you deal with unexpected or shock defeats?
- Why the League Cup is more interesting than the Champions League
- Howard Hockin on the fun of supporting City
- Should co-commentators on TV be impartial?


Season 11, Episode 8: The Second Honeymoon of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
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November fixture changes announced http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2515 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:13:42 GMT 1 Games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle moved for TV coverage Three of City's games in November have been moved for live TV coverage. The trip to Liverpool will now take place on Sunday 10th November, with a 4.30pm kick off. The game will be screened live on Sky Sports.

The visit of Chelsea to The Etihad will now kick off at the later time of 5.30pm on Saturday 23rd November and will also be shown on Sky.

Finally, the game against Newcastle United at St James Park is now scheduled for a 12.30pm kick off on Saturday 30th November, and will be shown on BT Sport.

For a full list of City's televised games, please click here.

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'Goats' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2511 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:08:42 GMT 1 Norwich & Shakhtar previews, Champions League cynicism, Phil Foden's Catch-22 position This week:
- Norwich preview with Chris Reeve, from Talk Norwich City
- Why do many fans prefer the Premier League over the Champions League?
- Previewing City's third trip to Shakhtar in three years
- Phil Foden's tricky Catch-22 situation
- Howard Hockin on Vincent Kompany's testimonial


Season 11, Episode 7: Goats
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This week's bonus show is about City's recent great goalkeepers.

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Norwich City vs Manchester City preview: Stones and Jesus fit again after injury http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2510 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:05:42 GMT 4 Duo could be in line for recall at Carrow Road Norwich City vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 14th September 2019

Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich

Referee: Kevin Friend Assistants: M Wilkes, S Massey-Ellis Fourth Official: P Banks

Odds: Norwich, 16/1, Draw 8/1, City 1/7

Tickets: Sold out.

TV: Sky Sports

Norwich City

Manager: Daniel Farke

Squad (from): Krul, McGvern, Fahrmann, Aarons, Byram, Hanley, Zimmermann, Lewis, Heise, Roberts, Vrancic, Leitner, Cantwell, Buendia, Stiepermann, McLean, Amadou, Tettey, Godfrey, Drmic, Pukki, Srbeny, Idah

Injured: Trybull, Klose, Hernandez

Doubtful: Hanley, Aarons, Zimmermann

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLLW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Laporte, Sane

Doubtful: Mendy

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDW

Gabriel Jesus and John Stones have both recovered from their respective injuries, and could be recalled to the starting XI at Carrow Road. Ilkay Gundogan has also recovered from a stomach problem, whilst Benjmain Mendy has trained without any problems for the last three weeks. Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte are likely to be out until the new yea.

City have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, and are currently in second place in the table, two points behind leaders Liverpool. Manager Pep Guardiola has said, however, that it is too early to make any predictions in the title race.

“I’m not a pundit. Every week they make predictions about what will happen but now we start the real competition,” Guardiola said.

“(On) Saturday away at (Norwich) then we travel to Ukraine on Monday, two days before we play Wednesday. Next Saturday (we have Watford) in the Premier League, then we go to Preston in the Carabao Cup.

“So in the next five games, four away, many things can happen, injuries like Leroy and Aymeric. We will see, it’s too early to say what will happen.

“Chelsea, (Manchester) United, Arsenal, Spurs, Leicester, Everton are all doing well. Anything can happen.

“In February, March I could say yeah there’s two, three or four contenders but not now after just four games.”

City's last visit to Carrow Road ended in a drab 0-0 draw. Overall City have won 36 of the 68 games played against Norwich, with 23 draws and 9 defeats.

Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling will look to continue their impressive starts to the season, with the City forwards becoming one of the great sport combinations.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Zinchenko, Rodri, D Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Norwich City 1 Manchester City 3

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'Plum on a Plate' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2509 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 11:05:31 GMT 1 Dealing with Laporte's injury, Champions League tickets, Terry Cooke interview This week:
- Discussing the quality of the goals against Brighton
- How will City cope with the loss of Aymeric Laporte through injury?
- Rob Wilson looks back on 2009-10 - City's first full season under Sheikh Mansour
- In-depth interview with ex-City winger Terry Cooke
- How can City get fans to go to Champions League games?


Season 11, Episode 6: Plum on a Plate
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This week's bonus show is about Vincent Kompany's time at City.
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Aymeric Laporte undergoes knee surgery http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2508 Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:33:55 GMT 1 French defender has damaged the cartilage and lateral meniscus in his right knee Aymeric Laporte has damaged the cartilage and lateral meniscus in his right knee, the club confirmed in a statement on their website on Wednesday.

The French centre-half sustained the injury during the 4-0 win against Brighton, and was forced to withdraw from the French squad for the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers.

Laporte has already undergone surgery with Ramon Cugat, Pep Guardiola's trusted doctor, in Barcelona and is expected to be absent for 10-12 weeks.

It is a damaging blow for the Blues, who now only have two senior centre-halves after Vincent Kompany left in the summer. Fernandinho is expected to provide temporary cover, and Guardiola could also call on youngsters Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis if required.

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Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion preview: Guardiola gives Stones and Jesus injury update http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2506 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 15:39:16 GMT 4 Pair could be involved tomorrow but return at Norwich is more likely Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 31st August 2019

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: M Perry, S Bennett Fourth Official: R Jones

Odds: City 1/10, Draw 12/1, Brighton 35/1.

Tickets: On sale via tickets.mancity.com.

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Sane, Mendy, Jesus

Doubtful: Stones

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDW

Brighton & Hove Albion

Manager: Graham Potter

Squad (from): Ryan, Steele, Button, Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Balogun, Montoya, Baluta, Bernardo, Burn, Stephens, Trossard, Gross, Mooy, March, Propper, Maupay, Jahanbakhsh, Murray, Connolly

Injured: Schelotto, Izquierdo, Bissouma

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Andone

Form guide: WLD

John Stones and Gabriel Jesus are recovering well from thigh and hamstring injuries respectively, and could be involved tomorrow although a return after the international break is looking more likely.

“[They are] much better,” he said. “I don’t know if they are ready for tomorrow, but they are much better.

“If not tomorrow, they will be back for Norwich.”

City's beat Brighton 2-0 at The Etihad in the corresponding fixture last season, with Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 13 of the 22 games played against Brighton, with 5 draws and 4 defeats.

City are understandably heavy favourites for the match and rather than betting on anything other than a home win, you'd be much better off checking out the guide to online slots and trying your luck there!

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodri, D Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: City 4 Brighton 0

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City given favourable Champions League draw http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2505 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:23:18 GMT 1 Blues to face Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta in Group C City will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta in this season's Champions League group stage, following Thursday's draw in Monaco.

The Premier League winners were drawn in Group C alongside the Ukrainian and Croatian champions, as well as Italian side Atalanta who qualified for the competition for the first time in their history.

City's Director of Football Txiki Begiristain said he is expecting to see some "great football" in the group phase:

“Of course, we know Shakhtar very well. They are always difficult, and this will be the third time we have been drawn together.

“Zagreb and Atalanta are new opponents for us, but both teams play really good football and I think you will see some great games in this group.

“Atalanta did really well last season, they are strong and played good football – Italian teams are always tough to play against. Zagreb, too.

“It will be difficult, but we are confident and as I say, I think you will see some really good football played in this group.”

Matchday 1

Wednesday 18 September - Shakhtar v City at 8pm

Matchday 2

Tuesday 1 October - City v Dinamo Zagreb at 8pm 

Matchday 3

Tuesday 22 October - City v Atalanta at 8pm 

Matchday 4

Wednesday 6 November - Atalanta v City at 8pm 

Matchday 5

Tuesday 26 November - City v Shakhtar at 8pm 

Matchday 6

Wednesday 11 December - Dinamo Zagreb v City - 5.55pm 

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'Fuddy Duddy Luddites' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2504 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:08:55 GMT 1 David Silva's brilliance, Sergio Aguero's genius, and why won't VAR give penalties?! This week:
- David Silva and Sergio Aguero's genius
- Why won't VAR give penalties?!
- Which EDS players could break through to the first team?
- Previewing Brighton, with Ady Packham from the Albion Roar
- Howard Hockin on video technology


Season 11, Episode 5: Fuddy Duddy Luddites
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City to face Preston North End in Carabao Cup http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2503 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 09:33:42 GMT 1 Third round tie to be played at Deepdale as Blues look to defend their trophy City will face Preston North End in the third round of the Carabao Cup, following last night's draw. The tie will be played at Deepdale in the week beginning 23rd September.

The Lilywhites knocked out Hull City after a penalty shoot-out in the previous round. City will look to continue their fine form in the competition, haviung won it in four of the previous six seasons.

Draw in full

Wolves v Reading

Oxford United v West Ham

Watford v Swansea City

Brighton v Aston Villa

Sheffield United v Sunderland

Colchester United v Tottenham

Portsmouth v Southampton

Burton v Bournemouth

Preston v Manchester City

MK Dons v Liverpool

Manchester United v Rochdale

Luton v Leicester

Chelsea v Grimsby/Macclesfield

Sheffield Wednesday v Everton

Arsenal v Nottingham Forest

Crawley Town v Stoke City

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