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Manchester City vs. Middlesbrough

City of Manchester Stadium

7th October 2007

3pm

MCFC v Middlesbrough FC

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.

SGE on Southgate & Hart

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.'

Manchester City Team News:

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.

Player to watch: Elano Blumer

The Brazilian has magic in there them feet of his.

Middlesbrough Team News:

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.

Player to watch: Julio Arca

Has got a good left foot, and can use it if given time and space.

Match Facts & Stats

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.

Ref Watch:

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.

Match Prediction:

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.

MCFC v Birmingham City

City have a further home game after the International break for our first Saturday home 3pm kick off of the season.




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Writer: Gavin Cooper  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 6 2007

Time: 6:58PM

Your Comments

Apparently Corlluka has recovered from the knock that saw he replaced with the versitile Nedum Onuoha. That was football talk for hes allreet nowt burra dead leg, up and walkin round like a fairy day after.
Buzz Lightyear
As I understand it Arca will be out for a couple of months and they are struggling to find a fit striker.
alphieblues
I think the title 'player to watch' should be 'players to watch' as far as the City team. The man to watch for Boro is Woodgate if he is on top form.
Buzz Lightyear
Woodgate,wasn't on top form, we got the early goal and wrecked the plan by Southgate to get a draw. Elano will be a legend, the question is now can we keep him!?
Buzz Lightyear
We don't have to sell anymore we are now a buying club if we stay in the top six other big names will want to come to us. I think Sven should try again to sign the striker Nikola Zigic he probably went to Valencia in August because he didn't fancy coming to a club that had had no recent success. At 6' 7" with a prolific scoring record at all levels he would be the ideal siging.
alphieblues
no you'll lose BUT DID YOU ALSO HEAR THAT QPR FINALLY WON A GAME THEY BEAT NORWICH 1-0 come on you r'ssssssssssssss
ozanne park rangers
Elano can be a legend if he maintains this form, attitude and impact on games - over a season or more. Many years since we had one worthy of the name frankly. Think Boeteng tried to do a job on him early doors - others will do it better, that is the challenge for him and the team.
Craig Cain
ozanne park rangers, Are you sure you're on the right Planet?
Buzz Lightyear
Here in Canada the weekend footy tv show is hosted by a scouser (not a bad show they have Neil Webb phone in after games and give insights) but I had to laugh after watching the Boro highlights...the host says Elano will quickly drop off once the weather turns cold...hmmm I forgot, the Ukraine is always warm, Shaktar has never had to play with an orange ball during snowstorms, and no South American has ever adjusted to playing in cold weather. Baffling what you can get paid to spout as a 'pundit' these days.
BlueCanadian
Aye BC - its been said here also. Shows you the calibre of the platitude trotters in the media right enough.
Craig Cain
 

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