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With City not having a match to play over the weekend 'proper' most of the news seems to revolve around the players that have left the Club either on loan or permanently experienced life with their new employers.

King of the weekend and to no great surprise was Craig Bellamy. As he laid on 2 goals for the Bluebirds and scored from a free kick well outside the box it is evident that as suspected he is too good for Championship football. His skills were there for all to see including having a go at the ref. He says there is more and better to come and we'd better believe it.

Vladimir Weiss was introduced as a substitute in a Rangers side reduced to 10 after Kyle Lafferty got himself a red card. The Ibrox faithful took to him straight away as he laid on a goal for Miller before parading his trickery and skills on the wing.

What a stark contrast to Stephen Ireland's fortunes at St James Park where his new Club Aston Villa produced the surprise result of the weekend finding themselves on the end of a 6-0 hiding against newly-promoted Newcastle United. Even the most die-hard Geordie could not have expected Newcastle's first foray at home to end with a scoreline like that.

So after the diatribe that Ireland delivered upon his exit from Eastlands, he played for the full 90 minutes and did....nothing. This is hardly inspirational stuff from a man who is at least as good as the players brought into City by Mancini (or so he would have us believe). In reality it couldn't have worked out worse for him. I'm sure that he thought he would get on the scoresheet and play well against a team that last season played in the Championship and hadn't done much to strengthen itself, but it didn't really happen.

Welcome to life away from Eastlands, Stephen. Here's what you could have won.

So who does Mancini select tonight and what tactics will he play? With Milner filling the back pages with 'I'll play anywhere' and most newspapers expecting him to make his full debut, one of the holding midfield trio must be feeling nervous this morning before the team sheet goes up at Carrington.

My suspicion is that his former Aston Villa team mate Gareth Barry could feel the draught because not only can Milner play in central midfield but he is more adept at providing the link between midfield and the front men. I expect to see Milner play to the left of the 3 and drift out to the left on attack. This leaves a competition between Silva & Johnson for the right hand side and I think that Silva will get the nod in the starting line-up with Johnson providing the impact later on.

Milner's inclusion should make the middle 3 look less static and enable them to break forward more quickly with both Yaya Toure and Milner, leaving De Jong to guard the door.

My team for today is:

Hart
Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Lescott
Yaya Toure, De Jong, Milner
Silva, Balotelli, Tevez

If Super Mario's knee injury gets the better of him then expect Adebayor to start.



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Writer:Tranmere Loyal
Date:Monday August 23 2010
Time: 10:15AM

Comments

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Like the look of that formation. It would have an even more solid look with the inclusion of Boateng and Kolarov as full backs. Upwards and onwards!!
Johnny Baguette
23/08/2010 10:31:00
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Based on the first paragraph are you suggesting it was a mistake to let him go? I was at the Wolves - City game last season, and even though, like most people it seems, can't stand this fella, he was the best player on the pitch. I still can't believe he is plying his trade in Wales. And I imagine 90% of this dalliance is being paid for by your good selves. Odd. Very odd.
New York City Wolf
23/08/2010 10:37:00
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It's hard to say if it is a mistake until we see Mancini's fully functioning Man City. He has the players he wants, even though in a stroke of "Typical City" luck the new full-backs are both out for 4-8 weeks, and now he must get them working. Balotelli, Johnson, Tevez, and Silva can easily bring the excitement, pace, and cutting edge, but if it doesn't all click then we may rue loaning out Bellamy.
StuMCFC
23/08/2010 11:09:00
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Wolf, if you read my articles regularly I am a great fan of Bellers and yes I would have preferred us to keep him if for nothing else to come on with 20 mins left and keep half the opposition's defence plus the ref and a linesman on edge. Plus he's always likely to get a goal. JB I share your view about the full backs and at some point before Christmas we'll see them. Stu, Balotelli certainly adds excitement and to think I didn't really fancy him coming to City. His contribution in Timisoara started me off in the word eating department!
pedmachine
23/08/2010 11:26:00
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