UK time is: 15:23:51
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester City

Ewood Park

01/10/11

3pm

City Tackle Rovers

After a disappointing midweek defeat against German powerhouses Bayern Munich, Roberto Mancini will be hoping to rally the troops and put down any form of dissent in time for a tough clash at Ewood Park against Blackburn this afternoon.

Steve Kean will be striving for a win after a poor start for the Venky owned side. Further losses could put his job in jeprody as he has been less than impressive at the helm of Rovers during his tenure.

Vital Quotes:

Steve Kean remained upbeat, despite the mounting pressure, stating on Blackburn's official website: "A result would be great for our season

Last time we were at Ewood we had a fantastic result, so we have to go out there again and be positive and be quite aggressive without the ball.

We've certainly scored goals in the last few weeks, what we need to do now is be more solid when we lose possession.

We'd like to keep playing fast-flowing football and creating chances but we need to keep a focus on the change over of possession and not being too open.

I'm a believer, and we've hammered this to the players all week, that everybody is a defender when you lose the ball.

We attack as a team so I think it is only right that we defend as a team."

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

Givet, Scott Dann and Michel Salgado will be given late fitness tests ahead of the game this afternoon.

Martin Olsson is out through suspension following his dismissal against Newcastle.

Player to watch: Christopher Samba

The huge defender is a defensive and offensive juggernaught. While solid in the back line, his attacking threat is not to be underestimated.

One decent cross could decide the game if Samba gets on the end of it.

Manchester City Team News:

With Tevez suspended and Dzeko walking a fine line, Balotelli might find himself poised to start for the blues. Regardless, City have a plethora of attacking options at their disposal and it shouldn't have too great an effect.

De Jong may find himself on the bench while Adam Johnson is touch and go.

Player to watch: Samir Nasri

With teams double and triple marking David Silva, Nasri could find the space he needs to tear Blackburn apart.

His debut has yet to be matched but I feel that Blackburns feeble defence will crumble in the midst of his silky skills.

Match Facts & Stats

Match Prediction:

I predict a topsy turvy game in which both sides will be on the attack. While City are superior in every sense, one quick counter attack could turn the tide for either team. Although City have been in the midst of somewhat of a disaster in terms of player relations, certain players will have something to prove and will be looking to impress. I see a City win - Blackburn 1-3 City.

Next Fixtures:

Barclays Premier League - Sunday 15th October home against Aston Villa at 3pm.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The journalist

Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 1 2011

Time: 2:53PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Terriffically important that City respond today.
Johnny Baguette
Report Abuse
01/10/2011 15:15:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

Kolarov Keen On Serie A Return (Monday March 30 2015)

Yaya To End International Career? (Monday March 30 2015)

Flashing The Cash! (Monday March 30 2015)

Milner Quitting For Liverpool? (Monday March 30 2015)

Hart Set For England Milestone (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Shortlist Drawn Up! (Wednesday March 25 2015)

City Stars On International Duty (Tuesday March 24 2015)

Pellegrini Gets Lampard Backing (Tuesday March 24 2015)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. johnkelv 4
2. Bluedub 4
3. OziMan 3
4. Tudor 1
5. Skoorb 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man City 3 - 0 WBA
Burnley 1 - 0 Man City
Man City 2 - 0 Leicester City
Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City
Man City 5 - 0 Newcastle
Stoke 1 - 4 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 29 20 7 2 +36 67
2. Man City 30 18 7 5 +34 61
3. Arsenal 30 18 6 6 +27 60
4. Man Utd 30 17 8 5 +25 59
5. Liverpool 30 16 6 8 +12 54
6. Southampton 30 16 5 9 +21 53
7. Spurs 30 16 5 9 +5 53

Breaking League News

An Alternative Swap
Arsenal : 01/04/2015 15:12:00
Duff - We're Already Proved The Doubters Wrong
Burnley : 01/04/2015 14:44:00
Aston Villa The 8th Biggest Club. Do You Agree?
Aston Villa : 01/04/2015 14:42:01
Lafferty Extends Rotherham Spell
Burnley : 01/04/2015 14:33:01
Duff - Premiership's A Tough School
Burnley : 01/04/2015 14:30:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

WBA MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Hart 2%
Zabaleta 0%
Kompany 0%
Mangala 5%
Clichy 0%
Jesus Navas 5%
Fernando 5%
Lampard 0%
Silva 52%
Bony 5%
Aguero 21%
Sub - Jovetic 0%
Sub - Dzeko 0%
Sub - Milner 5%