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UEFA Cup Team News: Options Limited Up Front

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City go into their final UEFA Group A game knowing that a win would ensure the club will avoid ex Champions League opposition in the last 32 knockout round draw in Nyon this Friday lunchtime.

Of course to do that City need to score goals. Having found the net only once through Benjani in the last four games the situation up front has not been helped by the fact that Benjani, already ruled out with a hamstring injury has now been joined by Jo at the SportCity medical centre.

Jo has not been named in the 20 man squad due to a virus.

Daniel Sturridge remains sidelined with an achilles injury meaning City do not have a great deal of options in the striking department for this one.

Finally, Richard Dunne's wife gave birth to a baby boy in the early hours so City's skipper has also not travelled to Spain.

City (from): Hart, Richards, Ball, Onuoha, Zabaleta, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Robinho, Elano, Vassell, Garrido, Schmeichel, Fernandes, Caicedo, Hamann, Evans, Ben-Haim, Logan, Kompany, Berti.

How would you approach the game with the players available? Give us your cunning plans both here and in the Vital MC Forums!

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 17 2008

Time: 1:35PM

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At the moment. who gives a rats arse, we are not playing particularly well, Hughes keeps adding Berti to the bench and never plays him. Unfortunately he keeps adding fernandes to the bench and does.
Buzz Lightyear
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17/12/2008 16:50:00

May as well play with two strikers Evans and Caicedo.
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17/12/2008 17:00:00

An ideal opportunity to focus on the football. From this squad I'm still hoping for a 442 running with: Hart Zabaleta, Richards, Ben Haim, Ball, SWP, Kompany, Gelson, Ireland Robinho, Caicedo
Johnny Baguette
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17/12/2008 18:07:00

Yes, let's play "Caicedo no goals" instead of Elano... He only scores when we look like a good team
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18/12/2008 03:43:00

It does not really matter who he sticks up front as most of our goals this season have come from midfield. As long as he uses someone who can hold up the ball till the cavalry arrive, then we should be OK.
Buzz Lightyear
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18/12/2008 07:07:00

hey....lets play "no strikers".....put two more in midfield......with the goals all coming from midfield, we might just score
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18/12/2008 08:25:00

who cares we are through anyway. we cant afford another defeat or draw against west brom on sunday. so i would rest most of the first team. - hart, zab, onuha, haim, ball, weiss (i wish), hamman, ireland, vassel, elano, evans. ...i think we lose to tonight sadly, not ideal preparation for sunday
enzo city
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18/12/2008 09:58:00

Wins breed wins and confidence. City need to be going out to get results. Failure to win the group and the hard work done in the UEFA could be undone by a smarting ex Champions League side.
Johnny Baguette
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18/12/2008 11:03:00


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