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Manchester City FC vs. Sunderland

City Of Manchester Stadium

Sunday 22nd March 2009

3pm

MCFC v Sunderland

With Tottenham, Fulham and West Ham all picking up points in their respective games, this is absolute must win for City with a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal waiting around the corner.

A win will take us into 9th position on goal difference.

Vital Quotes:

Sunderland manager Sbragia is all too aware of the threat posed by City saying: 'They have got a good squad and good depth to their squad. They can change it around and they have an excellent record at home.'

'We know it's going to be really difficult.

'We remember we played them at home, they had a European game on Thursday so we thought they were going to be struggling, but they beat us 3-0 on the day... So we know it's going to be dangerous.'

Manchester City FC Team News:

Nigel de Jong is expected to return to the starting line-up, possibly for Vincent Kompany who is still struggling with a nagging toe injury.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland, Wayne Bridge are all struggling to shrug off knocks.

Player to watch: Robinho

The Brazilian mega-star will be back in his comfort zone at Eastlands and will see far more of the ball that he see's playing away from home.

This game presents a fantastic opportunity for Robinho to silence the critics.

Sunderland Team News:

Defensive duo Anton Ferdinand and Nyron Nosworthy are back in training and could start on Sunday.

On loan defender Tal Ben-Haim is unable to play due to the the terms of his loan agreement with Manchester City.

Kieran Richardson is another absentee as he completes a two-match ban.

Player to watch: Steed Malbranque

Steed Malbranque was a great aquisition by Sunderland and he has been worth every penny they paid with some accomplished performances for Sunderland.

Malbranque will need to be closed down quickly if City are to stand any chance of keeping him out of the game.

Match Facts & Stats

City's only away win this season was against Sunderland.

Ref Watch:

Steve Tanner has 10 games with two reds and 33 yellows to his name. He officiated the 3-0 victory over Stoke earlier in the season. Lets hope for a repeat performance.

Match Prediction:

City are nearly always assured at home, keeping possession and making things happen. European exersions will have taken their toll, however, I think we can expect a win going by our tremendous home form. Im gunning for an emphatic win: MCFC 3-0 Sunderland.

Next Fixtures:

Away at Arsenal at 3pm on Saturday 4th April 2009.




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Date:Sunday March 22 2009

Time: 2:02AM

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9-0 to the Blues is the only sensible prediction.
MCFC_Goatboy
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22/03/2009 02:04:00

9-0 to the Blues is the only sensible prediction.
MCFC_Goatboy
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22/03/2009 02:04:00

In this game the three points is all that matters. The score doesn't.
Sindbad
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22/03/2009 02:40:00

In this game the three points is all that matters. The score doesn't.
Sindbad
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22/03/2009 02:40:00

After yesterdays results three points in this game is vital. We don't have many banker games left, but this is one of them.
Thaibluefan
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22/03/2009 05:49:00

After yesterdays results three points in this game is vital. We don't have many banker games left, but this is one of them.
Thaibluefan
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22/03/2009 05:49:00

Could have done without Fulham picking up any points yesterday, but I'm secretly not complaining at all! Let's all laugh at Rooney, na na na naaaaa!
fifthcolumnblue
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22/03/2009 07:50:00

Could have done without Fulham picking up any points yesterday, but I'm secretly not complaining at all! Let's all laugh at Rooney, na na na naaaaa!
fifthcolumnblue
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22/03/2009 07:50:00

Yep, Potato Head was looking good yesterday!!! Marvellous entertainment!!
Johnny Baguette
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22/03/2009 09:20:00

Yep, Potato Head was looking good yesterday!!! Marvellous entertainment!!
Johnny Baguette
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22/03/2009 09:20:00

draw or narrow city win
enzo city
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22/03/2009 11:51:00

draw or narrow city win
enzo city
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22/03/2009 11:51:00

Easy win
Doody
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22/03/2009 18:56:00

Easy win
Doody
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22/03/2009 18:56:00

could and should have been 3-0!
eighthsin
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22/03/2009 19:02:00

could and should have been 3-0!
eighthsin
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22/03/2009 19:02:00

bit too optimistic with your prediction there!
merlin
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22/03/2009 19:31:00

bit too optimistic with your prediction there!
merlin
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22/03/2009 19:31:00

Well I congratulate you on your correct prediction Merlin, a 1-0 victory. Unfortunately it was Tottenham who got the goal, not Chelsea!
eighthsin
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22/03/2009 21:01:00

Well I congratulate you on your correct prediction Merlin, a 1-0 victory. Unfortunately it was Tottenham who got the goal, not Chelsea!
eighthsin
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22/03/2009 21:01:00

Officials were terrible,deserved win for you but bloody hell,terrible decision for the sending off and then bottles it for the red card Malbranque should have got(or realised the earlier error,and tried to make up).Richards had a great game though.
CoxintheBox
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23/03/2009 01:51:00

Officials were terrible,deserved win for you but bloody hell,terrible decision for the sending off and then bottles it for the red card Malbranque should have got(or realised the earlier error,and tried to make up).Richards had a great game though.
CoxintheBox
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23/03/2009 01:51:00

3 points is 3 points now matter how many goals you win by
bluemooner_mcfc
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23/03/2009 20:20:00

3 points is 3 points now matter how many goals you win by
bluemooner_mcfc
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23/03/2009 20:20:00

 

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