Preview: Another master class by Bayern against Manchester City in the group stages?
Martin Demichelis of City knows how it feels to be on the opposite side of the fence. Seven and a half years and numerous titles later, the defender exited FC Bayern Munchen rather unceremoniously in 2011. Louis Van Gaal reigned with terror and Bayern answered with mutiny at the time in which Demichelis left. The answer was simple- Van Gaal received the boot and Jupp Heynckes was appointed.
Heynckes, in his third stint at Bayern, received Manchester City in the group stages. They won at the Allianz, 2-0. This season, Bayern, under Pep Guardiola, produced a master class at the Etihad, dominating possession and not allowing City a chance to gain a foothold in the game until the final ten minutes. They will be coming into this one without one of the scorers from that day, Arjen Robben, vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and long term injury victim Holger Badstuber.
Preview: Saints hopeful of avoiding fourth consecutive loss
Mauricio Pochettino’s men started the current campaign on a strong note until the dreaded month of November began. In their last five games, the Saints have lost four times which has resulted in them sliding down to the eighth spot in the league table. After losing to London sides Arsenal and Chelsea in consecutive fixtures, Southampton were unable to notch any points in their match against Aston Villa losing 3-2 to the Villans.
Southampton will definitely be disappointed, having failed to maintain consistency in recent matches but can take confidence from the fact that the Saints are at the moment 10 points better than they were last season at this stage.
Preview: City looking to improve away form in the league
The Citizens have climbed up to the third spot in the league thanks to two consecutive league wins which has seen them score nine goals without conceding any. Much for their dominant performances at the Etihad, City have not been the same side away from home winning just a single of the six away games they have played so far.
French playmaker Samir Nasri, who has blossomed this season under the tutelage of Manuel Pellegrini scoring twice in City’s last outing against Swansea lamented his team’s away form and insisted that it must improve if they are to emerge as title contenders this season.
Preview: Citizens looking to extend perfect home run
The Sky Blues have been impeccable at home this season having scored 26 goals in the six games they have played at home turf this season and was it not for their disastrous away form, City would definitely be higher up in the table.
The Citizens have scored goals for fun this season and Premier League’s top scorers have notched ten goals in the last two matches something the Swansea defence should be wary of. In their last Premier League outing City ran riot scoring six goals against a Tottenham side which prior to their match against the Etihad side had only conceded six goals in 11 games.
Preview: Any miracle for Plzen?
This fixture is just a formality for the Citizens who have already qualified for the Round of 16. There is also no hope whatsoever for the visitors to join their opponents into the next stage as Bayern Munich possess the other Last 16 ticket. However, this does not mean that the public cannot expect an exciting game.
Viktoria Plzen could still make it into the UEFA Europa League although the task is a difficult one. They have their destiny in CSKA Moscow’s hands. The latter enter Matchday 5 in third position with 3 points while Plzen have none. That said, the Czech side must not only record a miraculous victory at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday but also hope that already-qualified Bayern Munich take full points in the Russian capital.
Preview: Two teams looking to keep up with their rivals
Losing to Newcastle United before the international break means that Spurs resume their English Premier League campaign in seventh position. However, travelling supporters will be buoyed by the fact that their team seats above Man City – even if it is only by one point and two ranks following the results of Saturday's matches.
Both sides share the ambition of breaking into the Top Four zone but the competition at the top of the table is so tight that the slightest mistake has a big impact on the standings. After Matchday 11, only six points separated 2011/2012 EPL champions City from current league leaders Arsenal but between this gap, there were six teams, including surprise package Southampton.
Preview: More misery for the Black Cats?
After their awful display in a 3-1 home loss to Bayern Munich, many tipped Manchester City to fail again in the UEFA Champions League. However, they responded well with vital wins over CSKA Moscow to reach the Last 16 of the tournament.
“It’s a big achievement for the club because this is the first time we’ve gone beyond the group stages so we’re really happy, but there is still a long way to go,” midfielder Samir Nasri told the club's official website.
“Now we’ll focus on the Premier League but on paper, we have as much quality as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal and [Manchester] United.”
Preview: City to go six points clear with a win over CSKA
A victory will put Manchester City in a comfortable position, six points above the third placed team in Group D. After failing to progress from the first round of the competition in their last two attempts, City will now be hoping to make an impression this time around in order to be recognized as a force in the European arena.
After their strong 7-0 victory over Norwich City, which saw six different Manchester City players finding the net, Pellegrini will be hoping his men can continue the momentum going when they face the defending Russian champions.
Preview: Another goal fest between City and Norwich?
Coach Chris Hughton is enduring a tough period. The month of October was one to forget with three losses and a draw. Norwich City scored only twice and conceded as many as 11 goals in all competitions. Their Capital One Cup campaign came to an abrupt end earlier on Tuesday as they fell to a 4-0 result against Manchester United at Old Trafford. On their visit to the blue side of the city, Norwich will be hoping for a better result.
However, records are clearly against the visitors (8) who count half of Manchester City’s points (16) in the Premier League. The last five league meetings between the two have produced some of the Citizens most dramatic and biggest victories. These include a 6-1 triumph in April 2012 and a 4-3 win nine months later.
Preview: St. James’ Park set to boil with pressure
Newcastle United supporters are reportedly angry with owner Mike Ashley and his management of the club. Last Sunday, the Magpies lost 2-1 to bitter rivals Sunderland. An early goal by Steven Fletcher and a late one by Fabio Borini created the damage.
Mathieu Debuchy scored in between but Newcastle were forced to leave the Stadium of Light with no point in the bag, leaving them 11th in the English Premier League. This brought further discomfort. Will Wednesday’s clash against Man City alter Newcastle’s troubles or rub salt on their wounds?
Preview: Jose looking to get the better of Pellegrini again
The special one has an impressive record against his counterpart having played Pellegrini’s Malaga on a number of occasions during his time as the head coach of Spanish giants Real Madrid. Manuel Pellegrini was only once able to get the better of Mourinho’s Real Madrid in five Primera Liga meetings, but suffered heavy defeats which included a 7-0 mauling at the hands of the Castillian club in 2011 and a 6-2 defeat last season both at the Bernabeu.
Mourinho will once again be hoping to turn the home advantage in his own favour when Chelsea welcome the Citizens to the Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are at the back of a 3-0 victory against German outfit Schalke and will be hoping to keep the momentum going.
Preview: City looking to bounce back from Bayern defeat
The Citizens were humiliated at their own home when a rampant Bayern Munich thrashed the Etihad side 3-1 in a dominant display. City now face a difficult trip to Russia where they face defending Russian Champions CSKA Moscow.
The Krasno-sinie had to vacate their home the Luzhniki Stadium which is being rebuilt for the 2018 World Cup and have now taken temporary residence of the Arena Khimki where the pitch has been damaged by heavy rain. However a team of UEFA experts which were sent to inspect the pitch have given the go ahead signal and the match will be held as scheduled.
Preview: Citizens keen to avoid another upset
The Hammers pulled out the shock of the EPL season before the international break by defeating Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at White Hart Lane. This was only their second win in the league among mixed results.
With eight points from a possible 21, West Ham United are in 13th position above Cardiff City on goal difference. Incredibly, only one point separates them from the relegation zone which is currently occupied by Fulham (7), Crystal Palace (3) and Sunderland (1) respectively.
Preview: Etihad crowd to witness the end of Everton’s unbeaten EPL run?
Manchester City only have themselves to blame for Wednesday’s horrible display at home to Bayern Munich. They got totally owned by the Germans as coach Manuel Pellegrini looked helpless on the touchline.
The Citizens must work on their tactics and passing while individuals like Joe Hart seriously need to back up. The goalkeeper was one of the biggest culprits in his side’s loss to Bayern. Inconsistency remains Man City’s biggest problem this season.
Preview: City looking to make a statement in Europe with good performance
After two consecutive pre-mature exits from the Champions League which saw them unable to advance through from the group stages, City will be looking to improve their record this time around. With the squad the Citizens have on hand, especially the plethora of attacking talent one must say that Manchester City should cruise their way to the next round.
City now have at helm a proven tactician in Manuel Pellegrini who has reveled in European competitions in the past having done reasonably well with both Villarreal and Malaga during his spells at the Spanish clubs and now the Chilean will be aiming to repeat his antics with Manchester City, whose owners are quite desperate to establish their club as a European powerhouse and have made all sorts of investments for their goals to be achieved.
Preview: Manuel Pellegrini tipped to build on successful Manchester derby win
The Citizens look to continue their fine form which has seen them score 12 goals in the past three matches while conceding just a single one. The match against Aston Villa comes back of a 5-0 mauling of Championship side Wigan in a league cup encounter.
Prior to that Pellegrini’s men hosted arch rivals Man United in a league encounter which they managed to win more convincingly than one could have imagined. Courtesy of a brace from Sergio Aguero as well as goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri allowed City to earn a 4-1 victory over the defending champions.
On Monday, the Canadian sports network released its TV, online and radio schedule for the EPL from now till early December 2013. It all kicks off this Saturday with Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion on TSN and Aston Villa vs Manchester City on TSN2 as the marquee games.
These fixtures are set to attract an increased number of viewers following last weekend’s outcome in the Manchester Derby.
The Citizens mercilessly banged four goals past Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea. Talisman Wayne Rooney pulled a goal back through an expertly-taken free-kick but he could hardly celebrate his feat. The battle for the Red Devils was already lost against their bitter city rivals.
This Saturday, while Man United will aim to bounce back from this disappoint result, Man City will be looking to torment the Villains. Of course, there is more lined up on TSN platforms within the next few months.
Some of the biggest matches include:
Preview: Cup glory hunt begins for Pellegrini
This game could not have come at a better time for Manchester City. Revenge is on their mind against the side that left them trophiless last least season. Sunday’s resounding 4-1 triumph over Manchester United in the English Premier League has injected positive vibes within the camp of the Citizens.
A happy team is always easier to manage, it seems, so Manuel Pellegrini might not feel too much pressure making tactical decisions. “We are all heroes, even the players on the bench,” Aguero told the press after his brace powered City to victory in the Manchester Derby.
Roll the years and go back to 2005 when David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini clashed for the first and only time so far. At the time, the former was in…
The first Manchester derby of this season will be hosted by United’s noisy neighbors City who will be looking to make a statement after losing the title to their arch rivals last season.
Apart from the goal feast in last season’s encounter which saw Man United emerging victorious with a 3-2 score line, matches at the Etihad Stadium have been a rather dull affair with last six meetings between the two sides failing to produce more than one goal.
Sunday’s encounter will see both Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes make their Manchester derby debuts, however City’s Chilean tactician believes that it will be his counterpart who will be under pressure having to replace the retired Alex Ferguson at the helm.