Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Manchester City vs Lyon preview: Arteta fills in for suspended Guardiola http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2365 Sat, 15 Sep 2018 13:36:15 GMT 4 City boss serves touchline ban following red card against Liverpool last season Manchester City vs Lyon

Competition: UEFA Champions League

Date: 8.00pm, Wednesday 18th September 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Daniele Orsato Assistants: L Manganelli, F Preti Fourth Official: G Peretti

Odds: City 1/5, Draw 7/1, Lyon 14/1. For more Champions League odds, see 888sport.

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Bravo, De Bruyne, Mangala

Doubtful: Danilo, Aguero, Mendy

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDWW

Lyon

Manager: Bruno Génésio

Squad (from): Lopes, Racioppi, Gorgelin, Yanga-Mbiwa, Rafael, Denayer, Marcelo, Dubois, Morel, Mendy, Tete, Solet, Terrier, Aouar, Ferri, Cheikh, Caqueret, Ndombele, Tousart, Ndiaye, Traore, Depay, N Fekir, Cornet, Y Fekir, Kitala

Injured: Marcal, Gouiri

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWLD

Pep Guardiola serves a touchline ban, having been sent to the stands during City's 2-1 defeat against Liverpool in the quarter finals of last seasons Champions League. His assistant Mikel Arteta will deputise in his absence, and faced the media at Tuesday's press conference.

When asked about possible injuries for Benjamin Mendy and Sergio Aguero, Arteta said: “We will have [a] training session now and [we'll]see how they react in the next 24 hours, then make a decision.”

He added that he would do everything he could to minimise any disruption caused by Guardiola's absence:

“Up to now, the preparation has been normal, the same process we normally do. Tomorrow, we cannot have any communication (with Pep). I will be on the touchline and I will try to make the right decisions.”

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Jesus

Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Fulham 1

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Manchester City vs Fulham preview: Sterling back in contention following back injury http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2364 Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:06:24 GMT 4 Guardiola impressed by Jokanovic's Fulham Manchester City vs Fulham

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 15th September 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Stuart Atwell Assistants: C Hatzidakis, R West Fourth Official: M Atkinson

Odds: City 1/7, Draw 10/1, Fulham 28/1

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Match of the Day (highlights)

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Bravo, De Bruyne, Danilo, Mangala

Doubtful: Sterling

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWDW

Fulham

Manager: Slaviša Jokanovic

Squad (from): Bettinelli, Rico, Fabri, Odoi, Chambers, Le Marchand, Fosu-Mensah, Christie, Bryan, Mawson, Sessegnon, McDonald, Johansen, Cairney, Schurrle, Seri, Anguissa, Mitrovic, Vietto, Kamara

Injured: Ream, Kebano

Doubtful: Cairney, Ayite

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLWWD

Raheem Sterling is available again after withdrawing from international duty with England, and Pep Guardiola stressed that that he would like to see the winger sign a new contract at the club.

“It’s well-known that we are delighted with him – we would like to continue (with him),” Guardiola continued.

“The Club asked my opinion and I shared my opinion.

“Sometimes, this kind of thing needs time. What is important is Raheem and his people.”

Guardiola also stated that he has been impressed with Saturday's opponents Fulham, and believes that they can prosper in the Premier League.

“I was delighted by them,” he said. “Usually, there is not too much time to watch opponents but in this case, we have had two weeks.

“I had time and I saw three games. I was really impressed.

“I understood when I watched them the reason why they are in the Premier League. They have really good players, experienced players and they try and (I like) the way they want to play.

“They want to make their own game, and I’m pretty sure Slavisa Jokanovic is going to make a good season.”

City's last home game against Fulham at The Etihad ended in a 5-0 victory, with Yaya Toure netting a hat-trick for the Blues. Overall City have won 30 of the 63 games played against Fulham, with 16 draws and 17 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Fulham 1

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'Too Giddy Too Early' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2363 Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:06:33 GMT 1 David Brightwell interview, City in the 1990s, Champions League chances This week:
- David Brightwell talks about coming through the ranks
- 20 years on, we look at how City dropped to the third tier
- Previews of matches against Fulham and Lyon
- What are City's chances in this season's Champions League?
- Can the system for getting away tickets be made fairer?

Episode 10.7 - Too Giddy Too Early
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City announced record revenues in excess of £500m http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2362 Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:52:42 GMT 1 Club also report profit for fourth successive year Manchester City announced record of revenues in excess of £500m in their annual report, which was released yesterday. The club also reported a profit (of £10.4m) for the fourth successive season, and a healthy wage-revenue ratio of 52%.

The accounts show that owner Sheikh Mansour has put £1.3bn into the club, which is now valued around £2.3bn, representing a healthy return on his original investment.

“Ten years ago, the idea that 2018 would bring a fourth consecutive profitable year for Manchester City, may well have been rejected as fanciful by some commentators,” chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak said. “That is the reality today as revenues once again reach record levels - breaking through the £500m barrier for the first time - whilst more than 400 male and female players train and play in world-class facilities and emerging homegrown young talent begin to make their mark. We have not diverted in any way from our strategy for on-field success within a commercially and financially sustainable organisation.”

Al Mubarak added: “We will always strive for more.  Our journey is not complete and we have more targets to fulfil. There should be no doubt that we are looking forward to the challenges of the new season and those beyond it with equal commitment and determination to the ten seasons that came before.”

Football finance expert David Bick told Sky Sports News: "I've spoken before about the figures over the last few years at City, and they just keep getting better. And although I hesitate to say this in absolute terms, I think they are fast becoming the strongest football club in the country."

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'Titans and Leopards' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2361 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 09:57:18 GMT 1 Missing Sane, White Hart Lane fiasco, Newcastle analysis, Youth team ones to watch This week:
- Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling goals analysis
- Leroy Sane's absence and Riyad Mahrez's performance
- The new third kit, the CFA phone ban, and the White Hart Lane fiasco
- An in-depth look at the youth players to watch
- Howard Hockin's Gary Potter and the Theatre of Dreams

Episode 10.6 - Titans and Leopards
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Manchester City vs Newcastle United preview: No new injury concerns for Guardiola http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2359 Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:53:10 GMT 4 Kevin De Bruyne, Eliaquim Mangala and Claudio Bravo remain long term absentees Manchester City vs Newcastle United

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 1st September 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Kevin Friend Assistants: S Bennett, D Eaton Fourth Official: C Pawson

Odds: City 1/9, Draw 9/1, Newcastle 25/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Bravo, De Bruyne, Danilo, Mangala

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWD

Newcastle United

Manager: Rafa Benitez

Squad (from): Elliot, Dubravka, Darlow, Clark, Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Lejeune, Yedlin, Sterry, Sung-yueng, Murphy, Diame, Kenedy, Atsu, Rondon, Muto, Perez, Joselu

Injured: Shelvey, Ritchie, Lejeune, Manquillo

Doubtful: Lascelles

Suspended: Hayden

Form guide: LDLL

City have no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United site. Kevin De Bruyne, Eliaquim Mangala and Claudio Bravo are long term absentees. Newcastle faced some criticism for their defensive approach at home against Chelsea last weekend, but Guardiola refused to criticise Benitez's tactics and said he was relishing the challnge:

“Some teams play more defensively but that is not a problem,” Guardiola said. “Everybody can do what they believe.

“In the end, we are here to get points.

“If they decide to play in that way, we will do what we have to do.

"That is not a problem. They believe in their styles. It’s in our hands to solve that. That is the trick."

City's last home game against the Magpies at The Etihad ended in a 3-1 victory, with Sergio Aguero netting a hattrick for the Blues. Overall City have won 67 of the 177 games played against Newcastle, with 39 draws and 71 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Newcastle United 0

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'Best Barman in County Down' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2358 Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:18:08 GMT 1 10 years of Sheikh Mansour, Wolves controversy, and Champions League draw reaction This week:
- Controversy at Wolves: handball, offside, penalty decisions analysed
- 10 years of Sheikh Mansour - Garry Cook, Gary James, Daniel Storey & Pep Guardiola on the takeover
- Preview of the match with Newcastle
- Reaction to the Champions League draw

Episode 10.5 - Best Barman in County Down
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This week's bonus show is all about why City fans fell out of love with the Champions League.

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City to face Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim in Champions League http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2357 Fri, 31 Aug 2018 12:15:38 GMT 1 Blues given favourable group in Thursday's draw City will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim in the group stages of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League, following the draw in Monaco on Thursday evening.

The Blues were drawn in Group F along with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar, who they also faced in last year's competition. Lyon and Hoffenheim represent new adversaries for Guardiola's side, but the Blues boss will privately be pleased with what appears to be a favourable draw.

City begin their campaign with a home tie against Lyon at The Etihad on September 19th, before travelling to Germany a fortnight later to face Hoffenheim. A double header against Shakhtar is then followed by a trip to the Groupama Stadium before the final game against Julian Nagelsmann's side at The Etihad.

Matchday 1 - Wednesday, September 19

City v Lyon (8pm)

Matchday 2 - Tuesday, October 2

Hoffenheim v City (5.55pm)

Matchday 3 - Tuesday, October 23

Shakhtar v City (8pm)

Matchday 4 - Wednesday, November 7

City v Shakhtar (8pm)

Matchday 5 - Tuesday, November 27

Lyon v City (8pm)

Matchday 6 - Wednesday, December 12

City v Hoffenheim (8pm)

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Manchester City vs Huddersfield preview: David Silva available for selection http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2355 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:25:11 GMT 4 Spanish midfielder likely to replace injured De Bruyne Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 1.30pm, Sunday 19th August 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

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

Odds: City 1/10, Draw 12/1, Huddersfield 35/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Grimshaw, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: De Bruyne, Sandler, Mangala

Doubtful: Danilo

Suspended: None

Form guide: WW

Huddersfield Town

Manager: David Wagner

Squad (from): Lössl, Hamer, Schofield, Smith, Kongolo, Lowe, Zanka, Schindler, Stankovic, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Bacuna, Mooy, Sobhi, van La Parra, Mbenza, Pritchard, Sabiri, Billing, Kachunga, Diakhaby, Depoitre, Quaner, Mounie

Injured: Durm, Williams

Doubtful: Mbenza

Suspended: None

Form guide: L

Kevin De Bruyne is likely to be absent for three months folloiwng a knee injury sustained in training on Wednesday. David Silva is, however, expected to return after recovering from a knock.

“The doctor said he [De Bruyne] would be out for three months,” Guardiola said at Friday's press conference. “Hopefully, in that time, he can do as well as possible so that when he comes back, he can help us again.

“He will be a big miss. Last season, we had Benjamin Mendy (injured).

“Last season, KDB was outstanding. For him, his family and for us, it is hard – you never want a long injury but we have to accept it.

“Especially with the amount of games, players fell. Sometimes, it is normal. You must rest after a tough season before you come back. It’s demanding. Human beings have a limit and these things happen.”

City's last home game against the Terriers at The Etihad ended in a 0-0 draw. Overall City have won 26 of the 78 games played against Huddersfield, with 30 draws and 22 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 4 Huddersfield Town 0

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Kevin De Bruyne likely to be out for two months http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2354 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:17:02 GMT 1 Midfielder doesn't require surgery following knee injury Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be missing for around two months, after suffering a knee injury during training on Wednesday. The Belgian midfielder attended the premiere of All or Nothing, the new Amazon documentary about City, on crutches that evening and yesterday travelled to Barcelona for tests.

It is believed that he has suffered a lateral ligament strain, which usually results in 8-10 weeks recovery time but will not require surgery, following a consultation with Dr Ramon Cugat.

Whilst representing a blow to City's hopes of becoming the first Premier League team for a decade to retain the title, the prognosis is perhaps not as bad as first feared. The player's agent, Patrick De Koster, said "It happened in training while he was standing on his own - he wasn't involved in a challenge. It was an unfortunate accident. He said it felt the same as it did two years ago", referring to the injury De Bruyne suffered against Everton in 2016.

Games that De Bruyne could miss:

19/08/2018 Huddersfield Town H
25/08/2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers A
01/09/2018 Newcastle United H
15/09/2018 Fulham H PL
22/09/2018 Cardiff City A PL
29/09/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion H
07/10/2018 Liverpool A
20/10/2018 Burnley H

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