Swansea City v Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Swansea City v Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

With the Premier League heading towards the penultimate week of the season, there is still a few mini objectives to fulfil for both the sides that will face off at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday when hosts Swansea City take on Manchester City. For Garry Monk, it's been a solid season right from the start which could now go up a notch and snatch them one of the Europa League spots going by current form as the Swans have gone …
Top Chance Creators Since 2011-12: Midfielders

Top Chance Creators Since 2011-12: Midfielders

If what happens in the penalty box is the most important factor in a football match - at either end of the pitch - then creating chances is the next important part of that link. Without the players to receive a pass in a difficult position, higher up the field, and have the vision, technique and execution to pick out a team-mate, then not only will your strikers struggle, but the whole team loses a vital cog in the chain …
Manchester City vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Both of these sides had excellent first halves of the season, but have fallen away recently leaving them both with big summers ahead. Neither Manuel Pellegrini or Sam Allardyce are secure in their positions going into next season with rumours circulating about their long term futures. They are both under very different expectations, but neither have done enough this season to suggest they can achieve what their clubs want going forward. Pellegrini has had a very poor second season with …
Comparing the Premier League's Top Playmakers

Comparing the Premier League's Top Playmakers

With all the money in the Premier League nowadays, all of the top teams are able to acquire top players in all positions.  Often when bigger teams go to smaller sides the smaller sides will know they can't outplay these rich top teams, so they go to defend deep and make themselves hard to score against.  When this happens, the big clubs need show their class unlocking those defences with their classy creative players.  All top teams need top playmakers …
Crystal Palace v Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Crystal Palace v Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Manchester City travel to Selhurst park on Saturday, the 7th of April for their 31st Premier League game of the season. While the club was seen as a title contenders a month ago, their waning form and not-so-dominant performances over the last few weeks have now made them title wannabes as they sit in the 4th place a point behind cross-town rivals Manchester United. A victory at Palace would ensure that they go above United as well as Arsenal, but that task is …
Where do Manchester City Still Need to Strengthen?

Where do Manchester City Still Need to Strengthen?

When Manchester City defeated Stoke to win the FA Cup in 2011, it signalled the end of a 35 year period without a major trophy. City followed up their cup success by winning the Premier League trophy in 2012, and many thought that a period of domestic dominance would follow. An onslaught on the Champions League was surely only a matter of time. It hasn't exactly worked out like that since. City did win a second Premier League title last …
FC Barcelona v Manchester City | Champions League Preview

FC Barcelona v Manchester City | Champions League Preview

A tantalizing second leg contest is on the offing when Catalan giants FC Barcelona host English Champions Manchester City at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night after an eventful 1-2 away win for Luis Enrique's side a fortnight ago. Messi and company will go into this midweek game hugely confident, on the back of a 5 game winning streak in all competitions that has lifted them to the very top of La Liga and will be quickly followed by a …
Manuel Pellegrini's Problems

Manuel Pellegrini's Problems

What's happening in the blue half of Manchester is surprising, but it is certainly not unprecedented. This current City side gives an eerie déjà vu of the 2012-13 season. After Sergio Aguero scored the goal that got Martin Tyler saying his name in the fashion Premier League watchers will always remember, many felt that it was finally the time of the "noisy neighbours". Roberto Mancini talked up his side and said that he wanted to leave a legacy behind by building …
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