Writer: Gavin Cooper
Date:Saturday October 6 2007
City of Manchester Stadium
7th October 2007
City hope to continue their 100% home record, but as most fans know that Middlesbrough are City's Bogey team and are always likely of an upset.
Sven talks about Gareth: ' In Gareth Southgate, Middlesbrough Football Club have a young manager who is doing very well. He was, and is, a fantastic professional for both club and country and I am not surprised at all that he has gone into club management. He is an intelligent young man who was always very interested in understanding the process of management during his England days'
e then goes on to talk about City's goalkeeping situation: 'Joe came on and did well and is knocking very hard on the door,I think Kasper has been doing extremely well but maybe he is not yet the best on crosses. He is big and tall but I was a little afraid of free-kicks and corners against us, with Viduka being such a big, strong forward for Newcastle......I do not know who the best is and if you ask our goalkeeping coach Eric Steele he would say the same. Some of the saves all three were making in training this morning were incredible.'
City's striking department is pretty depleted with Bianchi, Vassell and Bojinov all out. Corluka went off injured against Newcastle, but there have been no reports of him missing tomorrow.
The Brazilian has magic in there them feet of his.
Middlesbrough will give late fitness tests to strikers Mido and Tuncay Sanli, with Dong-Gook Lee and Tom Craddock on standby to start.
Middlesbrough's back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones is receiving treatment on his sore thigh.
Has got a good left foot, and can use it if given time and space.
Amazingly City did the double over Middlesbrough last season after failing to beat them in the premiership on all 14 occasions, indeed prior to that you have to go back to 7th November 1981 for the last time we beat them in the top flight. But an interesting fact is that we are unbeaten in our last five Premier League fixtures against north-east opposition; conceded just one goal in the process; so maybe the omens are good.
Steve Bennett - quite City friendly; although he always remembers to bring his nice yellow and red cards, something which Chris Foy forgot to bring last week against Newcastle when god only knows how Nicky Butt was not cautioned. This is Bennett's first game this season for City his stats for last season are we won two and lost two of the games; both fair results.
City's class too strong for a Middlesbrough side that do travel particularly well; especially with a shortage of firepower up front. City 2 - 0 Middlesbrough.
City have a further home game after the International break for our first Saturday home 3pm kick off of the season.
Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!
Date:Saturday October 6 2007
Pellegrini Expecting Tough West Ham Test (Friday October 24 2014)
No City Refunds?! (Friday October 24 2014)
The Ped INTO Europe Report CSKA 2-2 City (Wednesday October 22 2014)
Pellegrini Denies We Are Now Outsiders (Wednesday October 22 2014)
Team News: CSKA Moscow v City (Tuesday October 21 2014)
Pellegrini Praises Our Mozart (Sunday October 19 2014)
The Ped Report....City 4-1 Spurs (Sunday October 19 2014)
Stats: Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday October 18 2014)
Team News: City v Tottenham Hotspur (Friday October 17 2014)
Spurs Will Be A Different Beast - Pellegrini (Friday October 17 2014)
|Aston Villa||0||-||2||Man City|
|Hull City||2||-||4||Man City|
|2. Man City||8||5||2||1||+10||17|
|4. West Ham||8||4||1||3||+4||13|
|6. Man Utd||8||3||3||2||+3||12|
|A Mutual Appreciation Society!
» Chelsea : 25/10/2014 04:00:00
|Going for Three Points This Time!
» Chelsea : 24/10/2014 22:00:00
|Liverpool: Lawro Predicts 2014-15 - Hull (Home)
» Liverpool : 24/10/2014 20:00:00
|Villa to Sign Cleverley in January!
» Man Utd : 24/10/2014 18:43:00
|Pearson On Competition & Swansea Threat
» Leicester City : 24/10/2014 18:31:00