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Manchester City vs. Middlesbrough

The City of Manchester Stadium

Saturday 7th Feb 2009

12.45pm

On Sky

MCFC v Middlesbrough

Boro are above the relegation zone by goal difference and boast the worst attacking force in the league. Meanwhile, City boast one of the best.

Vital Quotes:

Mark Hughes said of the game on Saturday: 'It won't be easy because Middlesbrough do get people behind the ball.

'We will have to be patient in the way we approach it and make sure we are able to break them down when we can.

'Obviously that is something we found difficult to do last weekend and we need to be better.

'We have been highlighting things we feel will enable us to make a better fist of it, just in case they do bring everyone behind the ball.'

Manchester City Team News:

Shay Given is expected to make his debut while Shaun Wright-Phillips is available to play after he appealed for more time to answer the charge brought to him by the rediculous FA.

Nedum Onouha is expected to fill in for the suspended Dunne again after his recent solid performances.

Player to watch: Stephen Ireland

People will be looking out for Shay Given but I doubt he will be tested much against the worst attacking force in the league.

I think that this game will present an opportunity for his Irish compatriot Stephen Ireland to shine, as he battles to return to his best.

Middlesbrough Team News:

The return of Didier Digard and Gary O'Neil from suspension could help boost Boro's poor run of form.

Brad Jones is likely to retain his place in goal while at the opposite end of the pitch, Afonso Alves hopes to be recalled.

Jeremie Aliadiere is still sidelined after his injury.

Player to watch: Stewart Downing

Gareth Southgate pulling his hair out as Middlesbrough spurn their chances should make an entertaining spectacle, however, Stewart Downing is Boro's best player by far and City will need to cut out his dangerous crosses.

Match Facts & Stats

Middlesbrough have now gone 12 league games with a victory.

Boro have won 11 league matches against City, more than any other club.

Ref Watch:

Steve Bennett takes control of this match with 62 yellow cards in 17 games, no reds.

Match Prediction:

I just can't see where the goals are going to come from for Boro (unless Dunne was playing). City are always good at home and I expect them to turn it on. MCFC 2-0 Boro.

Next Fixtures:

Portsmouth away on Saturday 14th February with a 3pm kick off,




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Date:Friday February 6 2009

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Your Comments

We'll never have a better chance of avenging the 8-1 and numerous other Boro results.
Johnny Baguette
Yeah its true. I predict 2-0 but if we can break them down like we failed to do at Stoke and get an early goal, I reckon we will do them over. Hope Robinho has his scoring shoes on.
eighthsin
Bit of a worry that it might be a repeat of the Stoke game, but if we can score early then I don't see why we shouldn't get 4. Which would be nice!
kennyclementstache
This has the hallmarks of a tough spiteful clash with Boro out to put a lot of physical pressure on us.
Doody
Let's face it. The likes of Bolton, Wigan etc and certainly Boro have sussed out how to out muscle City. Still wish we'd brought in Van Bommel. He'd have relished tomorrow.
Johnny Baguette
Go easy on us fellas lol At least if you do hammer us we might get rid of that t**t southgate
TimBoro
We must get points from the small team, because it will become increasingly difficult for us in the coming weeks, Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea,Liverpool & Everton, All these match we will played Away!!
city 81
If City score early, I'm predicting a massacre.
Johnny Baguette
 

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