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Aalborg BK vs. Manchester City FC

Energi Nord Arena

Thursday 19th March 2009

8pm

AaB v MCFC (0-2)

The boys in blue bid to banish their away blues in the second leg of this UEFA Cup clash.

Bookies favourites Manchester City are poised on the edge of the next round and will be hoping that they can secure an early away goal to put this game to bed.

Vital Quotes:

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes said of AaB: 'They have to be positive, because they have to win the game. But I think their natural game is to be a bit cautious and get people behind the ball, then look to break quickly.

'They may have to change from their natural game, and that is to our advantage.

'We have to ensure that if we do get opportunities we take them. If we get an away goal that would make it very difficult for Aalborg.'

Ireland stated of the second leg: 'We`ve done well away from home in the UEFA Cup so I think we`re strong and peaking at the right time of the season... We`re feeling confident going there.'

Aalborg BK Team News:

Aalborg BK`s Thomas Enevoldsen will miss the second-leg after his yellow card for a challenge on City's Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Player to watch: Thomas Augustinussen

AaB have a few players to watch, most notably Marek Saganowski, Anders Due and Thomas Augustinussen.

My pick of the bunch is Thomas Augustinussen as his height in midfield will be vital for winning balls. Manchester City struggle for height at the best of times and with Kompany potentially out, our midfield lacks physical presence.

Augustinussen is AaB's captain and is renound not only for his ability of winning balls, but also of distributing them with his diverse range of passing and neat through balls.

The captain was one of AaB's best performers at the City Of Manchester Stadium.

Manchester City FC Team News:

Contrary to recent reports that he had travelled with the team to Denmark, Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy did not make the journey and will not play a part in the UEFA Cup clash against Aalborg.

Vincent Kompany will face a late test on his troublesome toe while Nigel de Jong and Valeri Bojinov are ineligible to play.

Player to watch: Shaun Wright- Phillips

Last time against AaB I picked man-of-the-match Shaun Wright-Phillips.

I am hoping Robinho can make his mark in an away game but I'm going with Shaun again.

This will be a game with plenty of opportunities to break down the flanks and his pace and ability will no doubt serve us well.

Match Facts & Stats

The Energi Nord Arena, also known as Aalborg Stadion, was built in 1960 and renovated in 2002. The stadium has a capacity of 13,800 (7,700 seats).

The club was founded on May 13th 1885 by English engineers who were constructing Jutland's railway system. The first few years of the clubs history were dedicated to cricket under the name 'Aalborg Cricketklub'.

In 1906 the club was renamed 'Aalborg Boldspilklub of 1885' and is also known as Aalborg BK or AaB.

This is Manchester City's third Danish opponent in the UEFA Cup, having previously seen off Midtylland in the early stages and FC Copenhagen in our last European clash.

Aalborg have lost to both of Manchester City's previous opponents this season and sit in 5th position in the Danish league.

City could meet yesterdays qualifiers Werder Bremen and Marseille in the next round.

Ref Watch:

Up and coming French referee Stéphane Lannoy takes charge of this fixture.

Match Prediction:

The threat from Aalborg was clear to see at The City Of Manchester Stadium, had they been more clinical then this tie would be in the balance. As it is, City secured two goals and a clean sheet to make this an uncomfortable home game for Aalborg. An away goal will mean that AaB will need to put four past Shay Given. With City doing so well on the counter-attack I feel that it will suit our style of play and I think we can expect goals. AaB 1-2 MCFC

Next Fixtures:

Home to Sunderland on Sunday 22nd March 2009.




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Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 19 2009

Time: 3:39AM

Your Comments

Good article eigthtsin, I thought last week City didn't exactly extend themselves in the match and just did enough to win, saving themselves for the Chelsea match and then Hughesy says they were tired, so perhaps they were at full tilt which is worrying. If we have good support in Denmark and we do have some of the best travelling fans in the world, they can make themselves heard and an early goal may quieten the home fans and we should get to hear the away fans rendition of Bluemoon.
Buzz Lightyear
Good article eigthtsin, I thought last week City didn't exactly extend themselves in the match and just did enough to win, saving themselves for the Chelsea match and then Hughesy says they were tired, so perhaps they were at full tilt which is worrying. If we have good support in Denmark and we do have some of the best travelling fans in the world, they can make themselves heard and an early goal may quieten the home fans and we should get to hear the away fans rendition of Bluemoon.
Buzz Lightyear
All in all agree that we should be able to cope with Aalborg and hit them on the break. An away goal from City should kill the tie, but we were denied a clear penalty when Robinho got hacked down in the box in the first leg - let's hope that doesn't come back to haunt us!
fifthcolumnblue
All in all agree that we should be able to cope with Aalborg and hit them on the break. An away goal from City should kill the tie, but we were denied a clear penalty when Robinho got hacked down in the box in the first leg - let's hope that doesn't come back to haunt us!
fifthcolumnblue
Thanks Buzz, i'll be singing along with them! It would be really nice to get an away goal in the first 10 mins and then maybe we can give a few opportunities to some fringe players to give a good account of themselves. fcb- that penalty should have finished off this tie, really hope that we dont make a meal out of this game and do the job efficiently and quickly.
eighthsin
Thanks Buzz, i'll be singing along with them! It would be really nice to get an away goal in the first 10 mins and then maybe we can give a few opportunities to some fringe players to give a good account of themselves. fcb- that penalty should have finished off this tie, really hope that we dont make a meal out of this game and do the job efficiently and quickly.
eighthsin
Weiss is included in our squad list, hopefully he can get a good run out and some great experience behind him if we get that early goal.
eighthsin
Weiss is included in our squad list, hopefully he can get a good run out and some great experience behind him if we get that early goal.
eighthsin
well aparently we are only playing with 10 men tonight coz robinho doesnt play well away....
bluemooner_mcfc
well aparently we are only playing with 10 men tonight coz robinho doesnt play well away....
bluemooner_mcfc
We defo need to pick ourselves up after the no-show at Chelsea & believe we are better suited to European footie. Even Robi plays better!!!
shauny
We defo need to pick ourselves up after the no-show at Chelsea & believe we are better suited to European footie. Even Robi plays better!!!
shauny
City to go through
Tiny T
City to go through
Tiny T
Thnk we should do ok on the counter attack, Aahlborg will have to attack and the longer the game goes on the more space there should be for us to exploit.
kennyclementstache
Thnk we should do ok on the counter attack, Aahlborg will have to attack and the longer the game goes on the more space there should be for us to exploit.
kennyclementstache
What a shambles...
eighthsin
What a shambles...
eighthsin
 

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