Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Manchester City vs Aston Villa preview: Defensive duo return to training to give Blues lift http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11928 Fri, 20 May 2022 15:50:26 GMT 4 Kyle Walker and John Stones could be available for City's title decider against Villa Manchester City vs Aston Villa

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.00pm, Sunday 22nd May 2022

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, S Bennett Fourth Official: D Coote VAR: D England

Odds: City 1/7, Draw 13/2, Aston Villa 16/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Palmer, McAtee, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez

Injured: Dias

Doubtful: Walker, Stones

Suspended: Mendy

Form guide: WLWWD

Aston Villa

Manager: Steven Gerrard

Squad (from): Martinez, Olsen, Sinisalo, Cash, Mings, Chambers, Young, Digne, Luiz, McGinn, Sanson, Buendia, Nakamba, Coutinho, Chukwuemeka, Bogarde, Ramsey, Watkins, Traore, Ings, Bailey

Injured: Konsa, Hause

Doubtful: Bailey

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWLDD

Kyle Walker and John Stones have returned to training, and could come into consideration for Sunday's title-decider against Villa. The pair had previously been ruled out for the season by manager Pep Guardiola, but their return would give the Blues a much-needed lift ahead of the final game of the season. The manager was full of praise for his backroom staff who have facilitated their recovery.

“We have incredible doctors and physios,” said Guardiola.

“They have trained today. We will see tomorrow. It is good for us to have them back.”

A win against Villa would secure City's fourth title in five seasons, and Guardiola said it was the trophy that meant the most to him.

"It is more difficult (to win the Premier League)," said Pep.

"There are lots of weeks, games, struggles with injuries and bad moments, tough opponents.

"The success is being there all the time in the last five years except the year when Liverpool were unstoppable.

"It’s every day, when you fight the Premier League and fight until the end, it gives you happiness.

"You are happier when you win and you win. It’s not a cup, it’s a routine.

"Doing a routine is most difficult in our lives. If you are not happy, you want these great experiences. Premier League is routine."

City drew their last home game against Villa 2-1, with Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 78 of the 176 games played against the Villains, with 41 draws and 57 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Ake, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: City 3 Aston Villa 1

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'Quantifying the Unquantifiable' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11927 Fri, 20 May 2022 14:54:03 GMT 1 The West Ham fightback, insight on Aston Villa, plus the alternative moments of the season On this week's show:
- Just how important could that fightback against West Ham prove to be?
- Should a penalty be given on Sunday, who should take it?
- Previewing the game with Aston Villa - with insight from the All Villa No Filler podcast
- Howard Hockin provides some reasons to relax ahead of the final day
- The EDS, the academy and the pathway to the first team
- What are the alternative best moments of the season?


Season 13, Episode 46: Quantifying the Unquantifiable
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New home kit for 2022/23 season revealed http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11926 Thu, 19 May 2022 16:00:49 GMT 1 Puma's classic design pays home to City legend Colin Bell City's new home kit for the 2022/23 season has been formally revealed today, and the classic design by Puma pays homage to club legend Colin Bell.

The kit features the club badge in the centre of the jersey, with a maroon and white trim around the collar and sleeves, and has had an overwhelmingly positive response from fans.

“The new Manchester City home kit is a fitting tribute to classic City home kits styles of the past. We wanted to create a modern spin on the jerseys worn between 1967 to 1971,” said Marco Mueller, Senior Head of Product Line Management Teamsport Apparel.

“The maroon trim was an important detail because this was an iconic colour seen on many of the previous City home kits. The jersey is a great homage to the entertaining teams of old and the exciting free-flowing football of the current City team.”

Jon Bell, Colin’s son, said, “As a family, we’re incredibly touched that the Club and PUMA have chosen to remember the teams of the late 1960s and my dad with next season’s home kit – it’s a beautiful gesture.

“It really captures the history and togetherness of Manchester City as a club, and I hope the fans like it and can remember those great moments.”

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City unveil Sergio Aguero statue at the Etihad Stadium http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11925 Fri, 13 May 2022 09:27:56 GMT 1 Permanent tribute to club legend revealed on tenth anniversary of 93.20 City have unveiled a permanent staue of Sergio Aguero at the Etihad Stadium, on the tenth anniversary of his iconic goal which sealed the 2011/12 Premier League title.

Earlier this season statues of Aguero's team-mates David Silva and Vincent Kompany were erected, and the latest addition by sculptor Andy Scott completes the trinity.

Aguero, who retired from football in December due to a heart condition, scored a remarkable 260 goals in 390 appearances for City in his ten seasons at the club.

Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “Sergio Aguero’s contribution to Manchester City in a defining era for the Club cannot be overstated. He is without doubt one of the greatest players that has ever played the game.

When our fans think of Sergio, they are immediately drawn to the iconic moment of 93:20 and the goal that secured the Club’s first league title in 44 years, but as his record of 260 goals for the Club demonstrates, his legacy and impact at Manchester City go far beyond that.

It is only fitting that Sergio has been recognised with a statue of his own, in celebration and honour of his accomplishments in one of the most important chapters of Manchester City’s rich and long history.”

Sergio Aguero said: “Truthfully, it is a very beautiful thing for me, to see myself 10 years ago is very moving.

In those 10 years I was able to win a lot of trophies and was able to help the Club become one of the most important in the world.

I am very grateful to the Club for making this statue in recognition of my football career in Manchester. It is something very special.”

Sculptor, Andy Scott, added: “It has been an honour to work on a project that means so much to Manchester City fans around the world in celebration of such an important player in the life of this football club.

I was under no illusions about how important this was to the Club, to the fans, to Sergio himself and I hope that this statue brings joy and happiness to all who see it.”

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'The Mythical Helicopter' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11924 Fri, 13 May 2022 08:56:31 GMT 1 10 goals in two games, De Bruyne goes into beast mode, Haaland signs - and Guardiola hits out at media coverage On this week's show:
- Bouncing back with 10 goals in two games to really take control of the title race
- Kevin De Bruyne goes into beast mode!
- Guardiola on the media coverage of City - and the reporting of City's spending
- City sign Erling Haaland - how excited are you by his impending arrival?
- Former PL chief exec Richard Scudamore on Aguero's goal against QPR in 2012
- Previewing the coming game with West Ham


Season 13, Episode 44: The Mythical Helicopter
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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City preview: Guardiola has defensive problems ahead of trip to Molineux http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11922 Wed, 11 May 2022 09:42:29 GMT 4 Fernandinho could fill in at centre-half as defensive trio ruled out for the season Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 8.30 pm, Wednesday 11th May 2022

Venue: Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton

Referee: Martin Atkinson Assistants: S Burt, R West Fourth Official: G Scott VAR: P Tierney

Odds: Wolves 12/1, Draw 5/1, City 1/4

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Manager: Bruno Lage

Squad (from): Sa, Ruddy, Sarkic, Hoever, Ait-Nouri, Marcal, Boly, Coady, Jonny, Toti, Neves, Saiss, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neto, Jimenez, Trincao, Silva, Chiquinho, Hee-Chan

Injured: Podence, Wilman, Semedo

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLLLD

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Ake, Zinchenko, Laporte, Cancelo, Egan-Riley, Mbete, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, McAtee, Palmer, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez, Delap

Injured: Walker, Stones, Dias

Doubtful: Ake

Suspended: Mendy

Form guide: WWWLW

Kyle Walker, John Stones and Ruben Dias have been ruled out for the remainder of the season, leaving City with a defensive headache ahead of the trip to Molineux. Nathan Ake is also a doubt with an ankle injury, but returned to training yesterday, whilst Fernandinho could fill in if required, according to maanger Pep Guardiola.

“Fernandinho played as a full back in the semi-final of the Champions League and as a holding midfielder in the semi-final of the Champions League, maybe he will play central defender.

“It’s a position he knows from the past. I've said many times that when we arrive in these moments, everyone does extra for the team. Fernandinho is more than capable of doing that.

“Today (Nathan Ake) trained. He feels better. I saw him moving a little bit better but he has a disturbance in the ankle.

“He will be on the list, when we said we have 13 first team players and a half… the half is Nathan. Hopefully it can become 14 players.”

Liverpool's win at Aston Villa last night means the two clubs are level on points, although City have a game in hand, and Guardiola isn't expecting any further slip-ups from their rivals.

"We need seven points (to win the title), but if Liverpool need three, four or five goals in the last games to equal the goal difference, they will do it, they have the ability to score a lot of goals from nothing.

"We have a lot of (the) job to do. Nothing changes mentally in my mindset.

"Here we have to be more careful but we have to go for it with the problems we have in one department.

"We have to win Wolves and West Ham and they are tough.

City won their last away league game against Wolves 3-1, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus. Overall City have won 51 of the 124 games played against Wolves, with 25 draws and 48 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Ake, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodri, Bernardo, De Bruyne, Grealish, Foden, Jesus

Score prediction: Wolves 1 City 2

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City announce signing of Erling Haaland for £51m http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11921 Wed, 11 May 2022 08:49:40 GMT 1 Norwegian striker to join the Blues in July after club activated his release clause City have reached an agreement to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, the club revealed on Tuesday afternoon.

The 21-year-old striker will join the Blues in July after City activated his release clause, thought to be in the region of £51m. He underwent a medical in Belgium on Monday.

Haaland was one of the most highly sought after players in Europe, and his signing represents a real coup for City. The Norwegian striker scored an incredible 85 goals in 88 appearances for Dortmund, after joining the club in 2020 from Red Bull Salzburg. His father Alf-Inge also played for City, between 2000-2003 and Erling was a boyhood fan of the club.

A statement on the club's website read:

"Manchester City can confirm we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on 1st July 2022.

The transfer remains subject to the Club finalising terms with the player."

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Manchester City vs Newcastle United preview: Guardiola defends players after Champions League exit http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11919 Fri, 06 May 2022 16:05:10 GMT 4 Manager hasn't spoken to squad yet but insists "we have recovered" Manchester City vs Newcastle United

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 8th May 2022

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Stuart Atwell Assistants: C Hatzidakis, N Davies Fourth Official: A Taylor VAR: J Gillett

Odds: City 1/6, Draw 7/1, Newcastle 18/1

Tickets: Available via mancity.com

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Laporte, Cancelo, Egan-Riley, Mbete, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Palmer, McAtee, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez, Delap

Injured: None

Doubtful: Walker, Stones

Suspended: Mendy

Form guide: WWWWL

Newcastle United

Manager: Eddie Howe

Squad (from): Dubravka, Darlow, Gillespie, Clark, Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Targett, Trippier, Krafth, Fernandaez, Manquillo, Burn, Shelvey, Ritchie, Murphy, Almiron, Willock, Lomgstaff, Guimaraes, Joelinton, Wilson, Saint-Maximin, Wood, Gayle

Injured: Hayden, Fraser, Lewis

Doubtful: Trippier, Schar, Wilson

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWL

City's players have been given two days off after the defeat to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night, and manager Pep Guardiola insists there will be no Chmapions League hangover for his squad.

“We have recovered,” said Guardiola at Friday's press conference..

“We will be better tomorrow. It’s football, we accept it.  We have a big challenge - especially this week. We have the Premier League season in our hands.

“They don't have to forget, how do they forget? We'll play Newcastle thinking of it. For sure.

“I know the players in the training sessions, meetings, warm-ups, how committed they'll be. I have no doubt.

City drew their last home game against Newcastle 2-0, with Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 73 of the 185 games played against the Magpies, with 40 draws and 72 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Zinchenko, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Grealish, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: City 3 Newcastle 1

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'Pin the Conspiracy Tail on the Donkey' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11918 Fri, 06 May 2022 15:14:39 GMT 1 Madrid heartache, insight into Newcastle and Wolves, veteran goalscorers, and can the club justify yet another season ticket price rise? On this week's show:
- Was it game management, bad luck, mentality - or all three - that knocked City out in Madrid?
- Newcastle podcaster Alex Hurst, from 'True Faith', gives us insight into how they're performing at the moment
- Dave Azzopardi from 'Talking Wolves' explains their current predicament
- City's golden oldies - a look at the players who have broken the club record as the oldest Premier League scorer
- Season tickets: Can the club justify yet another price rise?


Season 13, Episode 42: Pin the Conspiracy Tail on the Donkey
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'Jam, Toast and Tea' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11917 Fri, 29 Apr 2022 11:17:30 GMT 1 Madness against Madrid, Jesus bags five, insight into Leeds - plus an interview with Spencer Prior On this week's show:
- Madness against Madrid - will that one-goal lead be enough to take to the Bernabeu?
- Gabriel Jesus scores five - but there's transfer interest from Arsenal...
- The second part of our interview with Spencer Prior
- Leeds fan Jon Mackenzie from All Stats Aren't We gives us insight in the goings-on at Elland Rd
- Howard Hockin discusses the atmosphere in the Etihad - and what makes a good one


Season 13, Episode 41: Jam, Toast and Tea
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