UK time is: 08:45:54
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Manchester City vs. Blackburn Rovers

Etihad Stadium

25/02/12

5:30pm

City Host Blackburn

Hovering perilously above the relegation zone, Blackburn lie in 17th place, level on points with relegation candidates Wolves in 18th.

Desperate to climb back up into safety, Steve Kean's side will prove tough opposition, as they did at Old Trafford by beating Manchester Utd 3-2 in a thoroughly entertaining encounter.

Roberto Mancini is well aware that the Lancashire club will not roll over and has called for concentration ahead of a game that could see City extend their lead at the top to 5 points.

Not only would this add extra pressure on their closest rivals, but it would also help the Citizens to close in on the record for the most consecutive wins at home in a season.

Can Roberto's record breakers rise to the challenge? Or will the distractions of Carlos Tevez or the courage of Blackburn see them falter?

Vital Quotes:

Roberto Mancini extolled the virtues of high concentration, stating: 'It is impossible to be complacent. Every game is like a Champions League final and for this reason we need good concentration.

'Now we have a game against Blackburn on Saturday and I think every game from now until the end will be difficult.

'When you play against a squad playing against relegation, it can be more difficult.

'Blackburn won away against Manchester United and we know they are a good team, they are strong on the counter-attack.

'They have been playing very well in the last two or three weeks. They are playing to get away from the bottom.'

Manchester City Team News:

With Richards suffering a knock in the 4-0 demolition of Porto on Wednesday, Pablo Zabaleta is likely to be reinstated into the starting 11.

Although Carlos Tevez has started training again at Carrington, it is highly unlikely we will see him turning out in a City shirt for at least two weeks, if at all.

Player to watch: Sergio Aguero

Confidence breeds success, and with Aguero currently brimming with it, expect some magic from the Argentine.

The former Athletico Madrid man has been sensational all season, not only for his impressive goal tally, but also for his unrivalled work rate when he has been struggling to find his groove.

With Chris Samba having departed for Russia, Blackburn's defence could be put to the sword if they are not at the top of their game.

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

Veteren defender Gael Givet is suspended, while David Dunn is certain to miss out after sustaining an injury.

Meanwhile, star defender Chris Samba has sealed a suprising £12m move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, forcing Steve Keane to look for other defensive options.

Player to watch: Yakubu

'The Yak' is back, this time with Blackburn Rovers. The stocky striker's career has fluctuated wildly over recent years, but at Blackburn, he seems to have re-kindled his fine form and has been racking up goals like a man on a mission.

There is no doubt that his presence causes all sorts of problems for any defence, but like any striker coming up against City, they have the formidable task of getting past the likes of Vincent Kompany.

This could be his night, or a night to forget.

Match Facts & Stats

Blackburn have only won once at City's ground in the Premier League, all the way back in 2007.

The Blues have notched up an impressive 7 clean sheets in their last 10 Premier League games.

Match Prediction:

It's difficult to come to any other conclusion than a City win, but with the Old Trafford win in the backs of their minds, Rovers may just find a bit of form. With some added luck and a bit of complacency from City, this may just be one of those suprising results that reignites the title race. I think that Blackburn may just cause an upset tonight. Manchester City 1-1 Blackburn.

Next Fixtures:




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 February 25 2012

Time: 12:19PM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Manchester City Articles

Team News: City v Swansea City (Friday November 21 2014)

Pellegrini Sets New Year Target (Friday November 21 2014)

Kompany Boost For City (Thursday November 20 2014)

Fernando Expects Chelsea Slip (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Frustrated Sinclair Just Wants To Play (Wednesday November 19 2014)

French Interest In Guidetti? (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Nastasic Out, Messi In? (Tuesday November 18 2014)

Hart Break (Sunday November 16 2014)

Calf Injury Worry For Kompany (Tuesday November 11 2014)

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)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Q.P.R. 2 - 2 Man City
Man City 1 - 0 Man Utd
West Ham 2 - 1 Man City
Man City 4 - 1 Spurs
Aston Villa 0 - 2 Man City
Hull City 2 - 4 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 11 9 2 0 +17 29
2. Southampton 11 8 1 2 +18 25
3. Man City 11 6 3 2 +10 21
4. West Ham 11 5 3 3 +5 18
5. Swansea 11 5 3 3 +4 18
6. Arsenal 11 4 5 2 +6 17
7. Man Utd 11 4 4 3 +3 16

Breaking League News

Tell Us About Yourself - Tunez
» Chelsea : 22/11/2014 08:35:00
Everton V West Ham Match Preview
» Everton : 22/11/2014 01:32:00
Campbell Joins Hartlepool
» Newcastle : 21/11/2014 23:41:00
Lawro Predicts Thrashing Win For Manchester City
» Swansea : 21/11/2014 21:01:00
Pre-Match News & Stats: Man City vs Swansea City
» Swansea : 21/11/2014 20:52:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Your Favourite Kun Goal From The QPR Horror Show?
Suggested By:  The Headshaker Ritual
Agüero 32′ 50%
Agüero 83′ 50%