Manchester City - MCFC at Wednesday
UK time is: 00:37:09
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Sheffield Wednesday vs. Manchester City

Hillsborough

07/01/2007

3pm

MCFC at Wednesday

City make the short journey to Sheffield for this season's FA Cup 3rd round tie. In an inspired piece of planning by the South Yorkshire authorities the game has been moved from Saturday to Sunday to avoid a clash with the Sheffield United v Swansea tie.

An understandable decision perhaps if you wish to avoid two cup ties in the same City on the same day, but did any consideration go into which game would be played on which day?

City have sold 6200 tickets for their game at Wednesday and the fixture has been moved to a day when there are NO trains running between Manchester and Sheffield. Inspired thinking.

On to the game and City go into this tie on the back of three successive Premiership wins. The football may not have been vintage during that time, but wins are wins and hopefully that is breeding confidence in the squad.

Wednesday themselves are currently on a good run of form. They hover just a few places from the play offs after struggling to maintain their Championship status last season. The Owls are managed by Brian Laws who, strangely enough, was the opposition manager in last season's third round tie where the blues triumphed 3-1.

City reached the quarter finals of this competition last season, only to surrender meekly 2-0 to eventual runners up, West Ham, at Eastlands.

This season's only cup encounter to date ended in relative humiliation with a 2-1 defeat at Chesterfield in the Carling Cup. You feel that the team will have to perform somewhat better if they wish to progress in this competition.

Wednesday a Tough Tie?

Stuart Pearce tells the offical club website that he believes City will have to fight hard for anything at Hillsborough.

"We`ve ended up getting a draw against probably the form side in the country over the last two months.

"We`re desperate to have a run in the cup because we saw what happened and how it ignited last year - but one thing`s for sure Sheffield Wednesday will have something to say about that so we are going to have to be on our toes.

"On paper people will be looking at it and saying there could be possible upset there. So we are going to have to make sure we are ready for a cup-tie in the truest sense.

"I think it`s going to be a fantastic occasion and our fans will go there in anticipation and hopefully we`ll get the result we want, but we`re going to have to put some sweat and blood on your shirt to get that result."

Sheffield Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday will have veteran keeper Mark Crossley in goal after his loan from Fulham was extended.

Madjid Bougherra is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season and Wayne Andrews is unavailable after returning to Coventry after a successful loan spell.

Player to watch: Brunt

8 goals from midfield already this season identifies the youngster as a threat to be taken seriously

Manchester City Team News:

City are still without the suspended Joey Barton but could welcome back long term absentees Sun Jihai and Trevor Sinclair.

Steven Ireland may well start which could mean a move back to right back for Micah Richards.

Player to watch: Beasley

The American is finally starting to impress and could shine if given a start out wide in a 4-4-2 formation.

Match Facts & Stats

City's last visit to Hillsborough saw the blues record a memorable 6-2 win under the management of Kevin Keegan.

This is only the third time the blues have been drawn against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup, but the first time in 77 years. City have never been knocked out of the competition by Wednesday.

Ref Watch:

Graham Poll .... Any optimism you may have had should have diluted the instant you read this man's name. Another inept display at Disneyland Trafford saw Poll avoid awarding City a clear penalty, allow an offside goal against us and send yet another City player off.

Match Prediction:

A tough cup tie that may well go back to Eastlands, 1-1.

Next Fixtures:

Bolton Wanderers (a) Sat 13/01/2007


The journalist

Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 6 2007

Time: 10:26AM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Manchester City Articles

Premier League Will Re-Brand In 2016/17 (Tuesday February 9 2016)

Tactics: End Of An Era Of Possession? (Tuesday February 9 2016)

(Video) Who Would You Have Back Today? (Tuesday February 9 2016)

City Fans Come From Far And Wide (Monday February 8 2016)

Priorities (Monday February 8 2016)

Vital Manchester City Reunion (Sunday February 7 2016)

(Video) Where's The Fight? (Sunday February 7 2016)

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. Skoorb 234
2. Buzz Lightyear 205
3. Tudor 178
4. Johnny Baguette 141
5. Bluedub 83
6. fifthcolumnblue 60
7. johnkelv 44
8. PhillyBlueMoon 29
9. citizhun 29
10. Colin Is The King 20

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Leicester City 25 15 8 2 20 53
2. Spurs 25 13 9 3 26 48
3. Arsenal 25 14 6 5 17 48
4. Man City 25 14 5 6 21 47
5. Man Utd 25 11 8 6 10 41
6. West Ham 25 10 9 6 9 39
7. Southampton 25 10 7 8 9 37

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Newcastle To Reveal Mbemba Diagnosis
Newcastle : 09/02/2016 22:14:01
Welcome To The Cheap Seats
Newcastle : 09/02/2016 21:27:00
United Prepare For A Second Pre-Season.
Newcastle : 09/02/2016 21:05:01
An Open Letter to Roman Abramovich
Chelsea : 09/02/2016 19:43:01
AUDIO: UWS Podcast 144 - Chelsea away
Man Utd : 09/02/2016 19:23:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How many trophies will MCFC win this season?
Suggested By:  Tudor
Premier League 12%
Champions League 0%
League Cup 10%
FA Cup 5%
Two of the above 10%
Three of the above 0%
All four 21%
City will not win anything this season 42%