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Manchester City vs. West Ham

City of Manchester Stadium

20th January 2008

4pm

On Sky

West Ham - Part IV

After the relatively poor game on Wednesday; both sets of fans will hope the match is different. The City fans for a more attacking display and West Ham for at least not to lose to City. But this is fortress Eastlands and only Tottenham have been here with the help of the officials and denied City from getting anything and I am not so sure I can see this trend being broken.

Vital Quotes:

Sven on the Cup Ties: 'The simple fact is, that

based on the performances in both legs, either team could have

progressed to the next round. I am thrilled of course, that it

turned out to be us, but a little sorry for Alan Curbishley, who will

feel that he had many chances, perhaps more than us, to have got

through instead.'

It is vital we use the

momentum from Wednesday night to improve on past performances on Sunday

because as we know more than anyone, we will have our work cut out

against West Ham'

Manchester City Team News:

Recent loan signing Nery Castillo is out for up to six week with a shoulder injury.

Emile Mpenza's hamstring complaint will almost certainly prohibit his involvement.

Michael Johnson remains a long-term absentee with an abdominal problem, as does Valeri Bojinov - whose knee injury remains an ongoing concern but is to stall full training next week.

Player to watch: Martin Petrov

Yet again on Wednesday he gave the right back(Neill) a torrid time and I expect much the same on Sunday.

West Ham Team News:

Julien Faubert's bright cameo appearance off the bench in midweek sees him come into contention to start, while Lee Bowyer and Luis Boa Morte must wait to learn whether their cup efforts were enough to keep Hayden Mullins and Carlton Cole out of Curbishley's first XI.

Danny Gabbidon and James Collins are both fit and pressing for opportunities at the back, while at the other end of the field, Bobby Zamora and Craig Bellamy are back in training but some way short of match fitness

Player to watch: Dean Ashton

Yet again he was the threat against our defence and I expect that to be the same again.

Match Facts & Stats

West Ham have only one once at City in the premier league and that was at Maine Road in 2003 when a Freddie Kanoute goal seperated the two sides and West Ham were managed by Hammers legend Trevor Brookingat the time as he tried valiantly to keep them up.

If City win it will be their second double of the season after their first at Newcastle two weeks ago and would replicate last season's double over the hammers.

Ref Watch:

Phil Dowd - not the best referee's; this is the first game with City this season, but his two games last season resulted in a four nil defeat and a three nil defeat; so maybe third time lucky.

Match Prediction:

A much more entertaining game with City pressing high up the pitch to score two unanswered goals before a late goal for West Ham to make it a nervy last few minutes. 2-1.

Next Fixtures:

Sheffield United away at Bramhall Lane 4th round of the FA cup with a 4pm kick off on Sky.




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Date:Saturday January 19 2008

Time: 4:51PM

Your Comments

I think we could be in for a goal blitz humdinger. There, I've said it now!
Johnny Baguette
stuff them hammer c unts 4 the yids please city!
ExiL
We will only get a goal blitz if we start matches from the first whistle instead of waiting until the second half.
alphieblues
We will have to play a lot better than we did on Wednesday. If Bianchi is going would you put him in the squad? I personally have known I was moving on and my heart was then no longer in my job. The question also arises that if they sell Sam Harris, Geovanni and Bianchi, who do we have left that is fit?
Buzz Lightyear
If there any truth in these rumours Sven must know what he is doing.
alphieblues
Sven on Bianchi courtesy MUEN... "It's a pity, but on the other hand, I can understand it if he's not playing very much. He's 24 years old. He has a lot of promise, and he's played for Italy under-21s. "One of his dreams, of course, is to play at number nine for Italy. You can understand his concerns that his chances of doing that may lessen if he is not playing very much. So we will see what happens."
Johnny Baguette
To say he is not playing much is a slight exaggeration when you consider that he has started in 9 matches and has come on as sub in 14 matches that is a total of 23 appearances for 4 goals, not a very healthy contribution. However having said all that I think he would be far more effective if he had someone like Etuhu on the right who has pace and is capable of supplying his needs.
alphieblues
I know it is easy to manage a team from the sidelines, but I think you will agree that when Bianchi is on the field, you just feel that we have a better chance of scoring and the team seem to play better. Perhaps if he played a 41212 and partnered Bianchi with Vassell and played Elano just behind the front two. Hamann doing the central defensive midfield.
Buzz Lightyear
Could we not buy Dean Ashton, when fit does a good job for Haymers, but will he cost too much?
Buzz Lightyear
I think the best combination of two strikers is Bianchi & Mpenza. Why would Ashton want to leave the Hammers when he is on Megabucks.
alphieblues
WE could give him more? Alphie I was talking about todays game with EM unfit are choices are limited, but if Bianchi knows he is going would you put him in squad.
Buzz Lightyear
Hello fellas. I mentioned in an earlier thread that I can't see Bianchi putting in a full shift if he's on his way. This is now a testing time for Svennis and the whole golden opportunity the squad have given us of a realistic European qualification campaign all but hangs on the striker debate. If Bianchi and Samaras go, that leaves Vassell fit, Mpenza, Bojinov and Castillo injured and the rest on loan. To buy or not to buy?
Johnny Baguette
Team news just in. Bianchi starts in place of Castillo and Geovanni is named on the bench. Are the lads staying?
Johnny Baguette
Think it will be like Bolton game.
city 81
DOH1 a dropped opportunity 1-1 with the hammers they will be more happy than you lot
ozanne park rangers
Man City : Sterile attack with wrong changes .
city 81
So now we hear Kelvin Koogan is in for Richards, Van Buyten and SWP. Come on City, get cracking.
Johnny Baguette
Do any players fancy there chances at a cold wet and windy Tyneside ???
alphieblues
 

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