Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Bernardo Silva given one-match ban by FA http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2534 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:51:03 GMT 1 Portuguese winger will miss Chelsea clash for social media post Bernardo Silva has been banned for one match and fined £50,000 for a social media message sent to close friend Benjamin Mendy.

An FA commission agreed that the tweet, in which Silva compared a picture of Mendy as a child to a cartoon character used on a Portuguese confectionary brand, was not "in any way racist".

The Kick It Out charity said in a statement that they also accepted that Silva did not intend any offence.City are understood to be unhappy at the FA's decision, but have decided not to appeal in case the punishment was increased.

The FA report said: "Many persons would have taken offence to the content."

It added: "The player did not himself intend the post to be insulting or in any way racist. It is clear that the tweet was intended to be no more than a joke between close friends.

"However, this was not a private communication between two friends.

"The post was on a social media platform exposed to the 600,000 followers of a high-profile and well-respected professional footballer.

"Many persons viewing the imagery depicted in the tweet would have taken offence to the content as being insulting by reference to race, colour and ethnic origin in a way that unquestionably brings the game of football into disrepute."

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Liverpool vs Manchester City preview: Ederson misses out as Blues' injury crisis deepens http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2533 Fri, 08 Nov 2019 14:51:47 GMT 4 Guardiola without six senior first-team players for trip to Anfield Liverpool vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 10th November 2019

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, S Bennett Fourth Official: M Dean

Odds: Liverpool 6/4, Draw 13/8, City 5/2

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Liverpool

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Squad (from): Alisson, Adrian, Lonergan, van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Elliot, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Brewster, Origi

Injured: Matip, Shaqiri, Clyne

Doubtful: Henderson

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDWW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Carson, Grimshaw, Angelino, Cancelo, Garcia, Harwood-Bellis, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, B Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Laporte, Sane, Ederson, Rodri, D Silva, Zinchenko

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWD

City's injury crisis has deepened ahead of the top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool, after Pep Guardiola confirmed that Ederson would miss the game. The Blues are now missing six senior first team players, with Leroy Sane, Aymerica Laporte, Rodri, David Silva and Oleksandr Zinchenko also unavailable for the trip to Anfield. Claudio Bravo will deputise for Ederson, and Guardiola said he had full confidence in his back-up goalkeeper.

"We have another keeper. Claudio Bravo and he can do it, too. I have every confidence in him.

"We won the Carabao Cup thanks to Claudio. He is an exceptional keeper and has won a lot of international games and tournaments with Chile. I have no doubts."

City find themselves in the rare position of underdogs on Sunday, and Guardiola expressed his admiration for Jurgen Klopp's side:

"For me as a manager, last season when we won the Premier League, Liverpool were the best contender I ever faced in my career.

"It was one of our biggest achievements as a club. We were there. It remains the same

"Right now, Liverpool are one of the strongest teams in the world; we know what it means to lay at Anfield. It's 90 minutes,we are going to try to follow the plan in this game."

City's last visit to Anfield ended in a 0-0 draw, with Riyah Mahrez missing a last minute penalty for the Blues. Overall City have won 48 of the 183 games played against Liverpool, with 46 draws and 89 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy, Gundogan, B Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Liverpool 2 City 1

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'Lost Property FC' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2532 Fri, 08 Nov 2019 14:00:58 GMT 1 Goalkeeper absurdity, Kiki Musampa on racism, missing too many chances, Anfield curse This week:
- The goalkeeper situation: Ederson's injury, Bravo's antics, Walker's unexpected heroics
- Are City missing too many chances to finish off games?
- Kiki Musampa speaks about racism in football
- How on earth do City set up to get a result at Anfield?
- Howard Hockin on why Guardiola may be a little grumpy


Season 11, Episode 15: Lost Property FC
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Ederson named as Bluemoon Player of the Month for October http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2531 Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:55:37 GMT 1 Keeper wins award after three clean sheets, but injury rules him out of trip to Anfield Ederson has been named as the Bluemoon Player of the Month for October. City's goalkeeper kept three clean sheets during the month, against Dinamo Zagreb, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, and polled 46% of the vote.

Raheem Sterling came second with 33% of votes cast, whilst Ilkay Gundogan was third. You can see the results in full here.

A muscular injury against Atalanta meant Ederson had to substituted at the San Siro on Wednesday night, and he has been ruled out of the trip to Liverpool.

It is a damaging blow for Guardiola, as the Brazilian international has been in fine form once again this season and has firmly established himself as City's first choice keeper since his £35m move from Benfica in 2017.

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'Drawn Rhombus' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2530 Fri, 01 Nov 2019 12:13:23 GMT 1 Tommy Doyle's breakthrough, Gundogan's role in the team, defensive selections This week:
- Foden, Doyle & Garcia at #MCFC
- Gundogan's best role in the team
- Sean Blinkhorn talks the EDS scholars
- Rob Wilson on the 2012 title
- Why do fans leave before full time?


Season 11, Episode 14: Drawn Rhombus
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City to face Oxford United in Carabao Cup quarter-final http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2529 Fri, 01 Nov 2019 12:07:02 GMT 1 Blues progress to last eight after comfortable victory against Southampton Manchester City will face Oxford United in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, following the draw on Thursday morning. The tie will take place at the Kassam Stadium on the week commencing December 16.

City booked their place in the last eight with a comfortable 3-1 victory against struggling Southampton, whilst Oxford beat Sunderland afer a penalty shoot-out.

It is a repeat of last season's third-round tie, which Pep Guardiola's side won 3-0 on the way to winning the competition.

Quarter-final draw in full:

Oxford United v Manchester City

Manchester United v Colchester United

Aston Villa v Liverpool

Everton v Leicester City

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'Abject Buffoonery' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2528 Fri, 25 Oct 2019 09:26:57 GMT 1 Sterling's masterclass, Foden's learning curve, and the festive fixture farce This week:
- Analysing Raheem Sterling's masterclass performances
- Phil Foden, gaining experience, and fitting into the team
- The festive fixture farce
- Howard Hockin on Oleksandr Zinchenko
- Influencers at the Etihad?!


Season 11, Episode 13: Abject Buffoonery
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Crystal Palace vs Manchester City preview: Stones and De Bruyne available after injury http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2527 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:26:26 GMT 4 Guardiola plays down fixture congestion fears Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 19th October 2019

Venue: Selhurst Park, London

Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: G Beswick, A Nunn Fourth Official: T Robinson

Odds: Palace 11/1, Draw 5/1, City 2/9

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Crystal Palace

Manager: Roy Hodgson

Squad (from): Hennessey, Henderson, Guaita, Ward, van Aanholt, Tomkins, Dann, Sakho, Schlupp, Cahill, Kelly, Milivojevic, Meyer, Kouyate, Townsend, McArthur, McCarthy, Ayew, Zaha, Benteke, Wickham

Injured: None

Doubtful: Sakho, Wickham

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDLW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Laporte, Sane

Doubtful: Stones, Mendy, De Bruyne

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWWWW

Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones are available again after injury, and will come into contention for the clash at Selhurst Park. Benjmain Mendy has also returned to training, but may not be risked after a succession of injuries.

Yesterday a raft of fixtures changes were announced, and the club were thought to be unhappy at the demands faced by their players over a busy Christmas period, but Pep Guardiola played down any concerns.

"It is what it is," Guardiola said. "Every year I’ve been here it is the same.

"Broadcasters are the bosses in these situations.

"I love to play on Boxing Day, winter time when people are off and can enjoy. But we don’t protect the players.

"The system doesn’t protect them. Another day we will have more recovery than others. Maybe broadcasters are more fans of other clubs.

"We have to play. We are going to play."

City's last visit to Selhurst Park ended in a 3-1 win for the Blues, with Raheem Sterling (2) and Gabriel Jesus netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 32 of the 61 games played against the Eagles, with 13 draws and 16 defeats.

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

Score prediction: Crystal Palace 1 City 2

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December and January Premier League fixture changes announced http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2526 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:46:58 GMT 1 Club unhappy with Christmas scheduling that gives advantage to title rivals Nine of City's fixtures in December and January have been moved due to TV coverage and rearranged dates.

For the first time, Amazon will be screening Premier League games live, with City's games at Burnley on Tuesday 3rd December and Wolves on Friday 27th December being shown on their platform.

The Manchester derby at The Etihad will now take place at 5.30pm on Saturday 7th December, and will be screened live on Sky Sports. Games against Arsenal, Leicester, Sheffield United, Everton and Aston Villa have also been moved.

The club are unhappy with some of the changes, particularly over the Christmas period where Pep Guardiola's side will have to play twice in three days, whilst title rivals Liverpool have been granted more recovery time.

Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer of City, told MEN Sport exclusively: “We’re disappointed that the schedule is so tight for the players over Christmas. Premier League games are a huge physical demand, and it’s not ideal to be made to play twice in less than 48 hours because it doesn’t give the players time to properly recover.

“We obviously understand that the paying rights-holding broadcasters are an important consideration when it comes to scheduling, but we also need to make sure that we protect the players’ wellbeing, the sporting integrity of the league, and the quality of the product.

“We’ve had an open dialogue with the league to consider other options, but ultimately, we will have to comply with the kick off times and dates as they have been presented to us.”

Fixture changes in full:

Tuesday 3 December: Burnley v City, 8:15pm (Amazon) 

Saturday 7 December: City v United, 5.30pm (Sky)

Sunday 15 December: Arsenal v City, 4.30pm (Sky)

Saturday 21 December: City v Leicester, 5.30pm (Sky) 

Friday 27 December: Wolves v City, 7.45pm (Amazon) 

Sunday 29 December: City v Sheffield United, 6pm 

Wednesday 1 January: City v Everton, 5.30pm (BT) 

Sunday 12 January: Aston Villa v City, 4.30pm (Sky)

Tuesday 21 January: Sheffield United v City, 7.30pm (BT)

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'Can't Slow Down (Or Something Will Explode)' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2525 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:47:14 GMT 1 Palace & Atalanta, Gary James on Eric Alexander & Man City Women, City's unsung heroes This week:
- Looking ahead to City's trip to Crystal Palace and the game with Atalanta
- How does Guardiola set-up in defence after recent problems?
- Looking at how City respond to set-backs under Guardiola
- Gary James on the history of Man City Women and the impact of Eric Alexander as City chairman
- Who are City's unsung heroes of the last decade?


Season 11, Episode 12: Can't Slow Down (Or Something Will Explode)
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