Preview: Citizens hoping to return to winning ways
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have recorded just two victories in their last five games, with their recent form putting their title hopes in severe jeopardy. Man City who were eyeing an illustrious quadruple mid way into the season might have to settle for just a Capital One Cup trophy if their form does not improve.
After losing out to Liverpool last week, the Sky Blues failed to pick themselves up in their midweek encounter against bottom side Sunderland.
Preview: City looking to respond following Anfield heartache
A scintillating encounter between title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City ended in a 3-2 victory for the Merseyside outfit as the Reds capitalized on a mistake by mister reliable, Vincent Kompany. The Citizens were met by a resounding Anfield, as the kop faithful made themselves heard putting the Man City players under pressure.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the home side with a well composed finish which was followed by a thumping header from Skrtel to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead in the first half.
Preview: Liverpool host City in potential title decider
The outcome of the match could verily decide who runs away with the Premier League title this season with only five matches left to play. Whereas Chelsea will remain in the mix of things Liverpool and Man City both have been in ravishing form as of late and have remained undefeated in their last five matches.
Liverpool in particular have been nothing short of spectacular and have won all of their last nine games in the Premier League. Much of their good form has been inspired from their magnificent strike duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge who share 49 goals between them in the league.
Preview: Citizens continue their title chase
The club from Manchester has played two games less than title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool and should the Citizens successfully manage to win both their games in hand they can overtake Liverpool on the top of the table.
With Arsenal no longer considered being in the race for the title, it has become a three horse race on the top for the Premier League crown and Liverpool seemingly look the side most likely to emerge victorious.
Preview: Arsenal face final title chance against Manchester City
Manuel Pellegrini leads his side into the Emirates for an important title match, against an Arsenal side that has struggled of late. With just two victories in their last seven Premier League fixtures, Arsene Wenger’s side have one last shot at the title race on Saturday.
The Gunners suffered a heavy defeat at Stamford Bridge last weekend, leading many, if not all writing them off. Saturday’s meeting with City could keep their title hopes alive, if they come away with the victory.
Preview: An important game for Man United, Man City… and Chelsea!
Manchester United (51) could temporarily break into the European zone this Tuesday by replacing Everton (54) on goal difference. The Red Devils are not giving up on qualifying for the UEFA Europa League or even the Champions League although they are currently 11 points adrift the Top Four.
The home crowd will be roaring in support of David Moyes and the squad. Of late, the Red Devils seem to have found the route back to their glorious days. They followed up on their miraculous comeback against Olympiakos in Europe with a vital win against West Ham United in the EPL last weekend.
A season in which nothing has worked out for David Moyes and Manchester United, a victory over arch rivals Manchester City could be their saving grace. Both the sides have different ambitions this season, whereas City have their sights on the Premier League crown, United continue to chase an unlikely top four place.
Man City will enter the field as clear favorites for the match but the Citizens have suffered five defeats already this season and there is no reason why the Red Devils cannot subject them to their sixth. Here are five things Moyes and United must do to get a positive result:
Preview: Can Fulham pull off a shocking victory against one of the favorites for the Premier League title?
Manchester City has three games in hand; they sit only six points behind league leaders Chelsea. Following a shocking elimination at the hands of Wigan in the FA Cup, City has only one competition to play for. This gives them a head start on all their opponents for the title aside from Liverpool. Also, Roberto Mancini’s reign came to an end following a defeat against Wigan in the FA Cup. Manuel Pellegrini has been brought in to improve on Mancini’s results. Mancini did not win the league last season; he can improve on his predecessor’s 2012-13 record by handing the Barclays Premier League trophy to the fans.
Preview: City looking to respond after consecutive cup defeats
Last time Manuel Pellegrini's side played in a Premier League fixture was back on the 22nd of February when a solitary strike from Yaya Toure secured all three points for Man City against Stoke. Since then the Citizens have been involved in three consecutive cup ties. Even though City were able to make the most of their Capital One Cup tie as they clinched the trophy at the expense of Sunderland their FA cup and European endeavours were less than successful.
Preview: Camp Nou to witness a battle of wounded warriors
On Tuesday night in Munich, Arsenal became the first English team to crash out of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League. Manchester City are on the brink of an exit as well. They will need a miracle at the Camp Nou but how possible will it be, knowing that they carry the wound of their shocking loss 2-1 to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup?
The two protagonists ahead of Wednesday’s showdown are Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero. Either of the two Argentines may decide the game. Between them, there have been eight goals. Aguero had to miss the first leg as he was recovering from injury. His return in the UEFA Champions League has been greeted with much talk.
Preview: The hurdle preceding the Camp Nou mission
This is perfect chance for Manchester City to boost their confidence ahead of next week’s crucial matchup against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League. The Citizens need to turn around a 2-0 deficit in what will appear to be their most important game of the season.
However, while they dream about surviving in Europe, Man City are also thinking about qualifying for the semi-finals of the 2013/14 English FA Cup. They are clear favourites against underdogs Wigan but the latter will want to try their luck and do what Sunderland couldn’t in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley last Sunday.
Preview: A tight encounter on the cards
Manchester City are eying the quadruple and their first chance to win a cup this season has come. Goalkeeper Joe Hart did not quite impress against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League last month and will understandably be replaced by Costel Pantilimon.
“When managers have got decisions to make, whether it benefits me or not, I have to be man enough to take it,” Hart explained before adding:
“I work hard every day to win and I understand it doesn't always go my way and you have to move forward.”
It remains to be seen whether Manuel Pellegrini’s decision will pay off. The biggest team news in City’s camp is that Sergio Aguero has recovered from injury and is expected to play a role this Sunday.
Preview: City hoping to gain momentum in title race
Last time the Citizens played in the Premier League was two weeks back when they bored a 0-0 stalemate against Norwich City. Since then the Etihad side has had a league encounter against Sunderland postponed due to adverse weather conditions and now see themselves trailing Chelsea by three points. If Pellegrini's men succeed in winning both their match tonight as well as the match in hand, they can displace Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea from the top of the table having a much superior goal difference.
Preview: Manchester City want to show their coming of age
Manuel Pellegrini has helped guide Manchester City beyond the Champions League Group Stage, but he now faces a more difficult task. The Chilean manager has his squad competing on four fronts this season, but getting past Barcelona may be his toughest task since his arrival at the Etihad.
Free-flowing offense has City scoring loads of goals, despite an occasional slip-up here and there. They are currently third in the Premier League standings, but they have a game in hand.
The Citizens have grown exponentially as a club since 2008 when the Abu Dhabi United Group acquired Manchester City. Upon the acquisition by its oil rich owners, the club benefited from a regular inflow of funds which have been since then invested on purchasing world class players from all of Europe and in the process City have established themselves as one of the strongest sides domestically.
After clinching the FA Cup title in 2011 the Citizens then went ahead to beat rivals Manchester United for the Premier League title in the 2011-2012 season which was their first in over 40 years. However much for their spending spree and their domestic dominance the Citizens have failed to make their mark in Europe.
Preview: City looking for revenge against league leaders
Mourinho outsmarted his Chilean counterpart last time the two sides met as Chelsea raced to a 1-0 victory over Man City and thus becoming the only English side to beat the Citizens at their own backyard this season. Now the Blues will look forward to achieving the feat for the second time within a span of a month as the two sides lock horns at the Etihad once again.
It took a ferocious strike from Branislav Ivanovic to clinch all three points for the Blues as the Serbian full back scored the only goal of the match.
Preview: Citizens hoping to return to winning ways
Pellegrini's men who looked destined for Premier League glory, have encountered a major hurdle in their quest for a second league title in three seasons having failed to record a victory in their last two matches. The Citizens who have already passed the 100 goal mark for the campaign have struggled for goals lately and after losing out to Chelsea at the Etihad, the Premier League’s top scorers failed to make an impression in their last outing against Norwich with the match ending in a stalemate.
Preview: Can the Citizens rise up again?
They are back to planet Earth. They were flying high, almost too high. With 11 wins in 11 home games and a total of 42 goals scored in the process, the Etihad Stadium transformed into one of the scariest grounds in Europe. Visitors went in without keys, were locked for 90 minutes and tormented throughout.
But last Monday, Jose Mourinho aka the Special One did what Arsenal, Liverpool and several other clubs couldn’t: to triumph at the Etihad and prevent the hosts from scoring a single goal.
The Blues tactically dominated the opposition. Chelsea hit the post three times. If it wasn’t for bad luck, Man City would have ended the night red-faced with a heavier defeat than the 1-0 loss they suffered.
Preview: Title race mission at the Etihad
This match is of great importance for three sets of fans in particular. Supporters of the two teams involved – Man City and Chelsea – are not the only ones that will be on the edge of their seats all night. Gooners will also follow proceedings at the Etihad very closely, since Arsenal’s status as English Premier League leaders is under threat.
The Gunners returned to the summit thanks to their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday but the Citizens will leapfrog them at the end of Matchday 24 should they defeat the Blues. As it stands, Manuel Pellegrini’s men are sandwiched between Arsenal and upcoming opponents Chelsea.
Preview: Spurs looking for revenge after humiliation at Etihad
The Lilywhites were thoroughly outclassed last time the two sides met earlier in the season. Man City who have been breathtakingly good at home displayed a near to perfect performance as they recorded a 6-0 victory over the North London side.
Even though Tottenham recorded 13 shots during the game compared to City’s 15, Pellegrini's side was much more clinical and recorded a win in exemplary fashion.