MAN CITY v Blackburn: THE PREVIEW – Boateng and Tévez Doubtful

9 Sep

Still smarting from Micah Richards’s unsurprising moment of recklessness in injury time against Sunderland, Man City, after the minor distraction of international football, hope to bounce back into form as they host Blackburn Rovers. The despair of that last minute Darren Bent penalty, however, must be banished in favour of more optimistic thoughts. In our previous home game, the Blues demolished Liverpool with a display as stunning as any witnessed at the City of Manchester Stadium in recent times, so our minds ought to be focused of replicating that superb display.

The visitors are more than capable of ruining that optimism though, as their squad contains a number of players capable of turning any match on its head. The likes of Morten Gamst Pedersen and the much derided El Hadji Diouf are worthy performances, so from a defensive point of view, we must be aware. In the menacing Chris Samba and Ryan Nelson, not to mention the promising Phil Jones, Blackburn are a solid unit at the back, and that, along with the fact that they are managed by Sam Allardyce, whose sides are never pushovers, means that this will not be an easy task for the Blues.

With regards to team selection, my good friend Roberto Mancini faces some tricky decisions courtesy of the possible return from injury of German international Jerome Boateng. The new arrival has yet to feature in a competitive game for the Blues but has now recovered from his knee injury, aggravated by banging it against a drinks trolley on an aeroplane, and is expected to replace Micah Richards on the right of the defence. Wayne Bridge is still a week away, whilst Serbian Aleksandar Kolarov, another new arrival, is sidelined for another three weeks. After an eventful debut in the Europa League, consisting of a goal, a fight, a booking and an injury, Mario Balotelli is still out, so Emmanuel Adebayor and David Silva are pushing for a start alongside captain Carlos Tévez, who is expected to play despite picking up a slight knock on international duty.

This is the team I would play, bearing in mind we are at home and the onus is on us to attack. However, Mancini may views matters differently.

                                                       Hart

Boateng                K. Touré                  Kompany                 Lescott

                                 Y. Touré                     Barry               

Milner                                           Silva                                    A. Johnson

                                                        Tévez

Subs: Given, Zabaleta, Richards, De Jong, SWP, Adebayor, Santa Cruz

KEY BATTLES

Joe Hart v Paul Robinson

A tale of two England goalkeepers whose careers have taken vastly different paths in recent times. Robinson has been a solid Premier League goalie for a number of years, but appalled by his treatment at the hands of Fabio Capello, he has retired from the international game. City’s number one, Hart, has also established himself as England’s chosen man and has impressed everyone with his confident nature and natural ability.

Kolo Touré v Mame Biram Diouf

Diouf, an athletic striker who is on-loan from Manchester United, has made a promising start to his Rovers career and he is sure to prove a handful for City’s rejuvenated centre-back. After repeatedly poor showings last season, Touré has been a rock at the back this time around, displaying the pace and strength which made him a fixture for Arsenal for so many years. Whoever comes out victorious in this battle will go a long way to deciding the outcome of the game.

Carlos Tévez v Christopher Samba

City fans will hope that our inspirational striker has recovered from his horrific miss against Sunderland and is in the right frame of mind to start banging in the goals again. Hopefully, it will take just one chance for Tévez to banish those memories, but he is up against the Leviathan Blackburn defender. Samba, whose first name is actually Veijeany, is superb in the air and more than capable on the ground, so all of City’s attacking players will have to be on the top of their game. 

 

Prediction: MAN CITY 31 Blackburn. An entertaining affair, full of chances and excitement. Goals to be scored by Tévez, Adam Johnson, Adebayor and Nikola Kalinić.

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2 Responses to “MAN CITY v Blackburn: THE PREVIEW – Boateng and Tévez Doubtful”

  1. CHED EVANS IS MY HERO!! 10/09/2010 at 12:36 pm #

    My prediciton is 2-0 City 🙂 AJ and Tevez :)x

  2. 1fingerwillie 10/09/2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Boateng is out still and Tevez is iffy at best.

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