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Crystal Palace vs Manchester City - 3pm BST Sat 12th Sept - Barclays Premier League Match Day Thread
09 September 2015 08:28 Post ID: #555120
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The vacuum that is the International Break is over. Time to get back to real football......

Manuel Pellegrini takes his Manchester City side to south London this Saturday for a top of the table clash against this season’s surprise package, Crystal Palace. Alan Pardew’s side have already beaten ‘The Champions Elect’ (TM the British Media) Chelsea on their own patch and do not appear to be second in the Premier League on anything other than merit. City will need to ensure they return from the international break ready to display the same collective and individual intensity and focus that has delivered four straight wins, a club record tenth league win in a row, ten goals scored and Joe Hart’s net yet to be disturbed.

City’s scintillating start has left more than a few pundits and media hacks desperately trying to engage in Orwellian type attempts to rewrite history and struggle to find new stories to beat the club with including Karren Brady’s laughable misguided criticism & misunderstanding of City’s finances and FFP. She should look to her own affairs before pandering to the weak minded readers of her column in the S*n.

With Brenda’s People’s Champions floundering, Van Ghoul’s rags looking to French Wonderkid Martial to liven up their season (I am waiting for the myth to be established that he is really a product of their Youth System), Moaninho’s Mob all at sea and Arsenal being ……well, Arsenal, City must look to drive home the early advantage that they have gained on their main rivals. However this will be no mean task against a side that look competent and confident. Having despatched Maninho’s Mob on their home turf Pardew will have them fired up to give City a game and I don’t expect them to take any prisoners - Pardew’s players in the past have not been short of dishing out tackles as Nasri can attest too.

Pellegrini goes into this match once again shorn of the services of Fabian Delph. The guy seems to be cursed with the worst luck as he once again strained his hamstring at the very start of England’s Euro Qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday evening. It took less than ten seconds as Delph looked to break forward and immediately pulled up. We could be forgiven for thinking thither is a Villa fan out their with a Voodoo doll of the lad sticking a pin in his hamstring just for spite. However with Fernando on the verge of return the midfield options should be boosted.

The same cannot be said of the defence though with Bacary Sagna taken off at half time in France’s friendly this week nursing some kind of ankle knock. The stability of the back line this season has played no small part in City’s surging start and Pellegrini will be waiting anxiously on Sagna’s assessment once he returns to the CFA. With Zabaleta and Clichy, who has previously filled in at right back, also absent with medium term injuries this may present Pellegrini with his first selection headache of the season with thew options appearing to be to play either the youngster Pablo Maffeo or the new signing Nicolas Otamendi at right back. The inexperience and youth of Maffeo or risk introducing the more experienced Otamendi out of position? Pardew showed against Chelsea that he does his homework and he ruthlessly exploited Chelsea down their right side targeting the out-of-form Ivanovic using Bolassie’s pace and trickery to great effect. Fingers crossed that Sagna is declared fit - this is one game where the balance and understanding that has developed within the defence and the team will be needed big time.

In other news Aguero returns having scored for Argentina, Bony hopefully will be declared fit again after recovering from the cut sustained in training before the international break and this game should also see the introduction at some stage of new signing Kevin De Bruyne. Welcome back to the Premier League Kevin!

For the second match in a row City start a game at 3pm on a Saturday. I can’t recall the last time that happened which in many ways is a measure of just how far the club has come.

What are you thoughts on the up coming game? Apart from the right back position should Pellegrini stick with the same side that has delivered so far this season or should he drop in new signing Kevin De Bruyne? Who would make way?

The international break is over - back to the real business of football.

Thank goodness.
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09 September 2015 08:53 Post ID: #555129 - in reply to #555120
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Hopefully Sagna's is fit, don't like the idea of either Otamendi or Maffeo starting this one, a baptism of fire if ever there was one against that tricky little **cker Bolasie.

I'd also start Navas ahead of De Bruyne as his pace is likely to scare them on the counter so should stop their full back from supporting Bolasie too much. Kev can make his full PL debut at home against the porn money boys.
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09 September 2015 09:36 Post ID: #555131 - in reply to #555120
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Likewise BD. Hopefully Sagna will recover in time and I would expect Pellegrini to stick with the same starting XI that has delivered so far.

The only other slight doubt I guess is whether Aguero ought to start after his long international travels?
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09 September 2015 10:14 Post ID: #555136 - in reply to #555120
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I would rest Kun after 2 games in the US if Bony is fit. Don't want his hammys getting tight. Kev will play. We haven't paid that money to have him on the berti. I feel Nasri coming on with 25 minutes to go will be key to us winning if he's up to holding the ball and slowing down the game/giving them the runaround. 2-0 to City- Kompany and Mangala - both from corners.
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09 September 2015 10:38 Post ID: #555138 - in reply to #555120
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This top of the table clash should be a good game in which we need to score first. No way I would rest Kun, maybe take him of after 60mins. RB is a worry, but Otamendi has played RB in a World Cup.
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09 September 2015 18:11 Post ID: #555149 - in reply to #555120
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Top of the table clash at 3PM on a Saturday. I bet Sky wishes they could take back their scheduling this weekend...
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09 September 2015 18:21 Post ID: #555150 - in reply to #555120
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Well to be fair, they didn't expect us to be in the top four, never mind top one
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11 September 2015 08:42 Post ID: #555201 - in reply to #555120
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An excellent preview Skoorb thank you.

I expect Palace not to park the bus but to try and get to us in the first 15 minutes, what we need to do is exactly what we have been doing from the off. Aguero is more sharper now he has had a few games under his belt and let's not squander chances that come our way.

As to playing Kevin from the start, I am not sure, but he is on form and Pellers took off Navas at HT v Watford, but as I said in another thread he could play three at the back with a sweeper in front of these three 5 across the middle and Aguero up front, but Bacary has had time to recover and if fit then plan A, but Navas Nasri or Kev, that is the question.

City odds on to win this one 11/17 Palace 5/1 Draw 3/1

Kev is 11/5 to score at anytime during the match

anyone know what Lawro is predicting?
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11 September 2015 11:45 Post ID: #555204 - in reply to #555120
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Lawro's wise words.....

I am amazed a bigger club did not try to sign Crystal Palace forward Yannick Bolasie over the summer but Eagles boss Alan Pardew will not be complaining.

Bolasie and Jason Puncheon are a real threat down the wings and, with Yohan Cabaye in midfield as well, Pardew's side have lots of different ways of attacking.

They will give City a real test, especially because they will be roared on by their fans - like Leicester's supporters they are fantastic and never stop chanting. It makes a massive difference.

Palace beat City at Selhurst Park in April, so Manuel Pellegrini knows exactly what will happen if his team are not at it.

At the moment, however, City are playing extremely well. They are a completely different animal compared to six months ago and I expect that to show.

City have a potential problem at right-back, with Bacary Sagna a doubt and Pablo Zabaleta already sidelined, which Bolasie will look to capitalise on.

But I would not be surprised if Pellegrini uses Jesus Navas to help out down that flank and, if it is an open game, I am backing City.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34177606
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11 September 2015 13:12 Post ID: #555206 - in reply to #555204
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Sagna fit but Silva is out according to journo's tweets from press conference.
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11 September 2015 13:13 Post ID: #555207 - in reply to #555120
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Oh and Delph may be out for a month and a half.
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11 September 2015 13:50 Post ID: #555209 - in reply to #555206
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Bluedub - 11/9/2015 13:12

Sagna fit but Silva is out according to journo's tweets from press conference.
:eek: Not good news ahead of the CL fixture against Juventus next week either :doh!:

Odds on a start for KDB then?
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11 September 2015 13:56 Post ID: #555210 - in reply to #555120
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Pellegrini press conference....

Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that four players will miss City’s trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph were known injury concerns going into the manager’s pre-match press conference but David Silva’s is a new name added to the list of casualties.

It’s a blow for City to lose a man who has arguably been the Premier League’s best player after four rounds.

There was better news when it came to Bacary Sagna who limped out of France’s friendly win over Serbia last week as Manuel confirmed that the in-form full-back is 100% fit.

Manuel said: “The injury list is Zabaleta, he has a problem with his knee and Gael Clichy. Also, Fabian Delph has a hamstring injury. Those three and David Silva has a kick in his ankle.

“Silva is out for tomorrow as I think it would be a risk for him to take another knock. I hope he will be OK for Juventus.

“Fabian worked with us before he went to his national squad – he worked without problems and he played some minutes with our team. It’s very unlucky to have that injury but it happens.

“I don’t know how long Fabian will be out - we’ll see. I think at this moment it will be a month and a half.”

Manuel also hinted that Kevin De Bruyne could make his debut at Selhurst Park in the absence of Silva.

The club’s newest recruit shone for Belgium in the international break and Pellegrini was eager to express his delight at the signing of the former Wolfsburg man.

Kevin is an important player, like Raheem, he has characteristics we need," Manuel told journalists.

"His position is easy to settle in our team. He will be a very important player for us. He’s in the squad list, we’ll see tomorrow whether he starts.

"He’s a young player and he’s improved a lot since he was last in the Premier League. I always say that when good players arrive into a good team with good players, I think that they will continue to improve and that’s why he’s here.

“It’s not the best way to arrive to go into international duty but these things happen, he must play for the Belgium team.

“In his position it’s easier to settle in – it’s more difficult when you’re a defender, it’s different work.

“I spoke with him during the week, we work a couple of days and he’s seen what the team is doing.

“I think that he can play in all three positions, on the wings or as a striker with no problems.”

As for Nicolas Otamendi, Manuel revealed that the defender now has a work permit and is eligible to play but suggested that it may be a little while before we see the Argentine defender in action while he takes time to get used to City’s system.

“Otamendi is ready to play – he didn’t work too much with us as he as away with Argentina,” he revealed.

“Before that, we needed the work permit so he travelled to Spain. His position is more difficult to start playing straightaway but he’s 100% and he will play soon.”

http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Team-news/2015/September/Crystal-Palace-...
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:no: Silva not available, Delph out for 6 weeks

:yup: KDB may start

:thinking: A while yet for Otamendi

...and in the category of "no news is good news" - Aguero and Sterling returned from their international appearances intact :yup:
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11 September 2015 13:58 Post ID: #555211 - in reply to #555209
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Pellegrini's quote:

"Silva is out as I think it would be a risk for him to take another knock on his ankle. I hope he will be OK for Juventus.”

Sounds like it's just precautionary to ensure he's fit for Juve.

Yeah I reckon KDB is nailed on to start now.
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11 September 2015 14:01 Post ID: #555212 - in reply to #555120
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In many ways that may not be a bad thing - he seems in fine form and seems to have been training well.
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11 September 2015 16:48 Post ID: #555218 - in reply to #555120
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Vital Preview – Crystal Palace v Man City

Man City's 100% start to the Premier League season is something we'll be looking to continue against Crystal Palace, at this stage our closest challengers with them sitting in second, at Selhurst Park on Saturday; with this a traditional 3pm kick-off.

That means, shock horror, either side of the international break City have had 3pm kick-offs on a Saturday two-matches running!

Read more: http://www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/matchprere.asp?a=5566...
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11 September 2015 16:52 Post ID: #555219 - in reply to #555120
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I see Jedinak is still out for Palace, that's a good thing in my book, the force is strong in him. :123:
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