Friday, 8 November 2013

Possible changes for Sunderland trip

Nothing concrete yet but rumours are that both David Silva and Fernandinho might not make this fixture due to ‘little problems’ following the fine display and good result against CSKA Moscow.


Update: Silva is definitely out for Sunday's game; he is, in fact, now out for 3 to 4 weeks as from 07.11.2013 with an issue relating to his calf! Nastasic now also joins the list of those being looked at in more detail before being given the 'all clear' or otherwise for the Sunderland clash...

Straight to it…

As mentioned in my last posting, this is a must win for me. Not only do our early season rivals in the top 3rd have mostly ‘should win’ games but we need to start to take our good form into our away Premier League games to get this ‘away day’ monkey off our back and supplement our exceptional home form with some consistent, 3-point away results. And what better way to remove the primate clinging on to us than at the often-bogey ground of the Stadium of Light.
Stadium of Light
So I’m gonna assume here that both David and Fernandinho are going to miss this one; if there is a doubt I’d rather not risk the Spaniard and in fairness to our Brazilian he has played a lot of footy for us since the start of the season. Has he even missed a game? Certainly not many…

Probable team to face Sunderland:
For me that’s a crackin’ starting line-up…and, in particular, the on-fire partnership up-front picks itself now.
However, I’ve just got the feeling that Pellegrini might start with either Garcia (God I hope not) or Rodwell alongside Yaya and, instead, leave the slightly more attacking midfield option of Milner on the bench to come on as an ‘impact player’ if necessary. With no David Silva, Jovetic and, I’m assuming, EDS player Marcos Lopes may not have yet recovered from his recent little injury (not sure what it was / is); it leaves our more attacking midfield options a little thin. Apart from Edin, that ‘probable bench’ is jam-packed with more-defence-minded players!
Despite a long and very productive game in mid-week, Samir just has to start on the opposite wing to Jesus. As predicted at the start of the season, our French wizard is feeling loved again and is on a high this season. You can’t rest a player who has such a spring in his step for this one and, after all, it was a Tuesday night Champions League game and this is a Sunday afternoon fixture; they’ve all had a decent enough rest.
More frustrations for Lescott and Dzeko; they continue to warm the bench before the international break. Edin, at least, will be pleased to be getting a more-than-bit-part game for someone next week…
If Silva is missing for this one, I hope Navas DOES start and can really open up his throttle to show us all what he can do. He needs to have a really good game to kick-start his season.
It’s getting weird seeing Hart’s name regularly appearing on the subs list.
Good luck in his recovery too to Stevan Jovetic and I hope that some journalist will earn his or her money soon and finally pop the question to our Manager - or ANYONE at City for that matter - and enquire how John Guidetti’s recovery is coming along. It must be 2 to 3 weeks now since he’s re-joined the first team in full training sessions.

On a personal note – 50 FLIPPIN’ DAYS!

I’ve been a season ticket / card holder now for 28 years. In the early years I used to do a fair amount of away games (not for a while now – far too expensive for me at the moment) and have very, very rarely missed a home game in all competitions. This is why, at the moment, I feel utterly bereft of that ‘match-day experience’ of watching my beloved Blues at the Etihad.
Etihad withdrawal symptoms
Due to a combination of a run of away fixtures throughout the whole of October; an ill-timed trip to Edinburgh (where I missed the 7-0 thrashing of Norwich), dog-minding duty on the evening of the CSKA / bonfire night clash and a flippin’ international break following yet another away game this weekend; it’ll be a whole 50 days in-between my last game (Everton) and the visit of Spurs on 24th November!
Sure I’ve watched all live City games on the TV but I exaggerate not one bit when I say that it’ll feel like the start of the season for me when I trundle off down the road to see City v Tottenham - that’s if I can remember the way of course…

It’s already started…

Along with the Hart-bashing-rumours (and insults to Pantilimon) of which Keeper we’re going to sign in January or next summer – the latest being the previously linked Asmir Begovic of Stoke City – we’ve already started to be linked with players who are apparently going to be on their way to the Etihad in January. No left-backs yet I’m must add, with a certain increasing frustration, and the most recently linked are two midfielders from Real Madrid.
I’m positive that any rumours of out-going players from Real are simply as a result of the Spanish giants having spent so much money on Gareth Bale. One of those who will be, apparently, swapping the white of Madrid for the blue of Manchester is German international midfielder Sami Khedira. It’s highly unlikely seeing as the energetic, rangy midfielder appears to be very similar to what we already have in Fernandinho…and we’ve already spent £30M for that position (the same as the rumoured fee for Khedira); shipping Gareth Barry out on loan in the process. Nope…there’s nothing to this one I’m quite sure.
Slightly more interestingly, however, is the surprise link (once again) with Isco. Having some seriously heavyweight midfielders ahead of him at his new club – not least the Welshman Bale and a certain ex-Manyoo slapped-arse face – he may well already be getting frustrated. Stats show an impressive 4 goals from 10 for the midfielder…but that’s just yer 10 games for a player who played 69 in 2 seasons for our current Manager at Malaga.

Would he possibly consider a reunion with Manuel so soon after snubbing us for a switch of Spanish clubs? Would we be interested? And could we even guarantee him more games than Real? Might be worth watching this one…

Just a quick message to those with spare fireworks near to where I live:

For Christ’s sake save them for New Years Eve! Bonfire…NIGHT…is over! Morons!

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