Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds 'The Homogenisation of the Chip Shop Industry' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2601 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:42:05 GMT 1 Off-the-wall and wacky City stats, Paul Moulden interview, and direct debit payments This week:
- Season ticket direct debits and the money still being taken
- Silly City stats and records from recent years - with Opta's Duncan Alexander
- Paul Moulden discusses his City career - and what he's doing now
- Bravo vs Ederson and City's best day of the week, according to the numbers



Season 11, Episode 41: The Homogenisation of the Chip Shop Industry
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'Shaun Paul Goatier' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2597 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:43:55 GMT 1 UEFA/CAS latest, Shaun Goater interview, iconic commentary, Sane/Mahrez to leave? This week:
- The latest on Coronavirus, UEFA and City’s appeal at CAS
- Remembering a couple of iconic goals through commentary
- In-depth Shaun Goater interviews, plus memories of him from fans’ point of view
- Could City be about to sell Sane and Mahrez?



Season 11, Episode 39: Shaun Paul Goatier
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This week’s bonus show is a 30+ minute extension of the iconic commentary around goals - David Mooney and Dan Burke reminisce about Manchester Derbies gone by, Eyal Berkovic, Kevin Keegan, and much more: https://www.patreon.com/posts/35007991

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Premier League suspended until at least 3rd April http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2594 Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:29:27 GMT 1 Top flight English football on hold as a result of coronavirus pandemic Following a meeting of Premier League executives today, all elite football in England has been postponed until at least 3rd April as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

It follows the revelation overnight that Mikel Arteta, manager of Arsenal, and Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive for the virus, whilst a number of Premier League teams had taken the decision to self-quarantine players and staff.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19.

“In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.

Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so.

In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.”

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'The Three Epidemiologists' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2593 Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:19:48 GMT 1 Coronavirus, Postponed Games, Fan Safety, and an Abandoned Season? This week:
- Coronavirus and the affect on the upcoming fixtures
- Gary James discusses times when previous seasons had to end early
- Covid-19 and fan safety at matches
- Reviewing the defeat to Manchester United
- Howard Hockin on how the title race could and should finish



Season 11, Episode 38: The Three Epidemiologists
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Manchester United vs Manchester City preview: De Bruyne is an injury doubt ahead of trip to Old Trafford http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2591 Fri, 06 Mar 2020 15:31:55 GMT 4 Belgian midfielder injured his shoulder in latter stages of Carabao Cup final Manchester United vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 8th March 2020

Venue: Old Trafford, Trafford

Referee: Michael Dean Assistants: D Cann, D Robathan Fourth Official: A Taylor

Odds: United 4/1, Draw 10/3, City 4/6

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester United

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Squad (from): De Gea, Romero, Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Maguire, Dalot, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Williams, Mata, Lingard, Pereira, Fred, Fernandes, James, Gomes, Matic, McTominay, Martial, Ighalo, Greenwood

Injured: Pogba, Grant, Rashford, Fosu-Mensah

Doubtful: James, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDLDW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Laporte, Sane

Doubtful: De Bruyne

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDDWL

Kevin De Bruyne is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the closing stages of the League Cup final, but remains a doubt for the trip to Old Trafford according to Pep Guardiola.

“He is getting better,” he said.

“Today we didn’t train and tomorrow he will improve. This morning he was with the physio and he said he feels better. Not perfect, but he feels better. We will see.”

Aymeric Laport is ruled out with a hamstring injury, whilst Leroy Sane continues his rehabilitation after appearing for the EDS at Arsenal last week.

“He is making big progress but still he’s not 100% fit," Guardiola added.

"He has to be ready and fit to play official games right now.

“Maybe that will be good [more EDS games]. I think weeks and games will be good.

“He will feel it first himself because every week he is getting better and after I will try to give him minutes to get back as soon as possible. But, for this game, no.”

City won the last derby at Old Trafford, with Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez netting for the Blues, along with an own goal from Andreas Perreira. Overall City have won 52 of the 170 games played against United, with 49 draws and 69 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy, Gundogan, Foden, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: United 1 City 1

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'Flying Penguins' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2589 Fri, 06 Mar 2020 14:39:59 GMT 1 Three League Cups in a row, Foden's coming of age, and football and coronavirus This week:
- Three League Cups in a row - and what it means for City
- Phil Foden's coming of age at the club
- What it was really like being a City fan in the 90s
- Football and Coronavirus - what's the latest and how will it affect City?
- Previewing games against United and Arsenal



Season 11, Episode 36: Flying Penguins
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City to face Newcastle in FA Cup quarter-final http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2587 Thu, 05 Mar 2020 09:34:36 GMT 1 Holders travel to St James Park in last eight after beating Sheffield Wednesday Manchester City will travel to Newcastle United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, following the draw on Wednesday evening.

The defending champions defeated Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at Hillsborough, thanks to a Sergio Aguero goal, to book their place in the last eight.

Newcastle, meanwhile, beat Championship leaders West Brom 3-2 on Tuesday evening to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006.

The game will be played on the weekend of 21 and 22 March. The draw means that Newcastle's April 18 trip to Manchester City in the Premier League will also be rescheduled, as it clashes with the semi-finals.

Draw in full:

Sheffield United v Arsenal

Newcastle United v Manchester City

Norwich City v Derby County/Manchester United

Leicester City v Chelsea

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'Steve McManaman's 100 Pet Parrots (All Doing Impressions of Him)' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2583 Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:35:44 GMT 1 A Masterclass in Madrid, Gabriel Jesus's coming of age, trips to Wembley & Hillsborough This week:
- Pep Guardiola's masterclass in Madrid
- A big week for Gabriel Jesus
- Previewing the trips to Wembley and Hillsborough
- Sean Blinkhorn on the EDS in the last decade
- Howard Hockin discusses the "grubby City" jibes



Season 11, Episode 35: Steve McManaman's 100 Pet Parrots (All Doing Impressions of Him)
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This week, we've got a 20-minute bonus looking at the best (and worst) strike partnerships at City: https://www.patreon.com/posts/34396262

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Aston Villa vs Manchester City: Carabao Cup Final preview http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2582 Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:33:26 GMT 4 Aymeric Laporte expected to be sidelined for a month with hamstring injury Aston Villa vs Manchester City

Competition: Carabao Cup Final

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 1st March, 2020

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

Referee: Lee Mason Assistants: I Hussin, H Lennard Fourth Official: D Coote

Odds: Villa 18/1, Draw 7/1, City 1/7

Tickets: On sale via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Sky Sports

Aston Villa

Manager: Dean Smith

Squad (from): Nyland, Reina, Sarkic, Tylor, El Mohamady, Guilbert, Targett, Hause, Mings, Ngoyo, Engels, Lansbury, Grealish, Hourihane, Jota, El Ghazi, Trezeguet, Luiz, Nakamba, Drinkwater, Davis, Vassilev, Samatta, Baston

Injured: Wesley, Heaton, McGinn, Davis, Steer

Doubtful: El Ghazi

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWLLL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Carson, Ederson, 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: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLWWW

Aymeric Laporte is expected to be absent for up to a month after suffering a hamstring injury during the midweek win at Real Madrid. Leroy Sane, meanwhile, travelled with the under-23 squad to face Arsenal tonight as he steps up his recovery from a serious knee injury.

The Blues have comfortably beaten Villa in both Premier League games this season, but manager Pep Guardiola is expecting a difficult challenge from Dean Smith's side.

“They are organised, with a keeper with excellent experience in Pepe Reina.

“It was a good game when we went there in the league. We will prepare the game tactically, mentally, it is a big opportunity to do something special with our club.

“The result is in the past, we are focusing on the final. It is a different competition. They have won a Champions League and they have a fantastic history. It will be a fantastic game.

“But we want to fight for another trophy.”

City won their last game against Villa 6-1, courtesy of a Sergio Aguero hatrick and goal from Riyad Mahrez (2) and Gabriel Jesus. Overall City have won 74 of the 172 games played against the Villans, with 41 draws and 57 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Bravo, Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Rodri, D Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Aston Villa 1 City 3

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'Caution or Chaos?' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2580 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:44:19 GMT 1 FFP Fallout, City come out fighting, Real Madrid preview This week:
- The fallout from the FFP ban
- Guardiola and Soriano come out fighting
- West Ham dominated
- Gabriel Jesus & #MCFC finishing chances
- The upcoming Real Madrid test



Season 11, Episode 34: Caution or Chaos?
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This week, we've got a 20-minute bonus looking at the best (and worst) strike partnerships at City: https://www.patreon.com/posts/34201121

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