We’re off to Man City tomorrow for a game that most neutrals will be expecting us to get a right good roasting in. Hopefully Wolves can do us proud as they did on Tuesday and maybe even sneak a result. As always, predictions are welcome. I’m going for 1-1 with Super Keogh to the rescue the draw for the boys in old gold.
Anyway, here’s City fan John to share his thoughts ahead of the game:
Hello Wolves fans. Your blog maestro Thomas has kindly asked me to write this preview for Saturdays game between these two great clubs, I’ll try and break it down so it’s easy to read as I have been known to ramble:
Can Money buy Success?
The answer is yes, but it does take time. As I’m sure you’re aware by now, Man City have the richest club owner in the world. We are not the richest club as many papers make out, that title belongs to the red half of Manchester.
Our far eastern promise has brought in many players this season, but if I had to pick my favourite it would be Barry. His record goes before him and so far he’s proved a great bit of business
Only time will tell if the investment will pay off, but it should be a great ride.
More than once in a Blue Moon
Well let’s start with City’s form: we had a mixed pre-season with only one goal from our strikers and two wins out of 7 games.
Following this iffy form, City produced a good result at Blackburn to get us up and running for the season.
We also played a midweek game against Barca, which in front of 92,000 of their fans, we won 1-0. So we go into Saturday’s game full of confidence.
Welcome to The Middle Eastlands – The City of Manchester Stadium
First of I would like to say I look forward to chanting against those of you attending the match on Saturday. I also hope you have a great day out no matter what the result.
Eastlands is one of the largest and newest stadiums in the premiership and about 42,000 blues and 6000 away fans, a tidy total of 48k. Given the build up during the summer it should be packed out on Saturday.
On your arrival you will notice Manchester City Councils waste of money: ‘The B of the Bang’. A giant abstract art piece which was never completed and now burdens the landscape surrounding our stadium.
Our match day marshals are fair people and allow you to stand and chant which is more than some clubs allow away fans to do.
Wolves will need to beware as last season City had a better home record than Arsenal. At home Hughes and his team turn on the style and players like Robinho play to their best.
Will City Play 1-1-8?
Despite the digs of many WUMS and lesser TV and paper pundits, City will not play a mythical 8 strikers up front. The reality is that our front line options are made up of Robinho, Tevez. Adabayor, Bellamy and Santa Cruz, all our other strikers are either on loan, released or are in the process of being shipped out. Out of those players Santa is out injured until September.
Our front line can also include wide men such as Wright-Phillips, Petrov (our unsettled, but inform left winger). We Also have a young Slovak lad called Vladimir Weiss, but more on that little gem later.
City will most likely play 4-3-3 against Wolves, with the team sheet seeing Nigel De Jong returning to the midfield in place of Wright Phillips. Up front there is a chance of seeing a magic 3 of Robinho, Adebayor and Tevez, which has us City fans salivating at the prospect.
We have a big squad with a bench that is probably only matched by Utd, Chelski and maybe Spurs. Although my predicted 4-3-3 is likely based on pre-season formation, we have the options within the squad to try any formation you can think of, and played a 4-4-2 away to Blackburn.
Gold & Black Magic
I expect Wolves will send their team out using a 4-1-4-1 formation as given that we may play 3 up front you need the protection of a anchor man In midfield. Outside of that you will need the extra player in midfield to minimize the influence of our creative players.
Players to Look Out For
Ireland will be my man for you to watch during the match. Our little Irish granny killing, pink car wheeled wonder is the type of player who as well as making things happen in the midfield, is also capable of scoring important goals from Long and short distances. Last term he scored 10 goals, was our player of the season, our most improved player and has become a symbol of our academy and the team.
Following a strong pre-season and a start at the Camp Nou in Wednesdays friendly, Vladimir Weiss is without doubt a young player to watch. If he does comes on as a sub you will see this 19 year old Slovak light up the pitch. He is a quick, two footed winger with the skills to match. A star in the making.
The End of The ‘Sky Four’?
Where will Manchester City finish is difficult to predict.
What is clear is this: For Hughes to keep his job we must finish in the top six, which is reasonable given that he has spent £200m+ on playing staff alone.
Personally I think we will finish 5th but feel we miss that one player in defence that holds many top 4 teams together, although Shay Given may yet prove to be that player. In my opinion he is only bettered by Cech and Van der Sar.
The obvious question is whether Wolves can stay up?
Personally I think you have a chance providing your fans back the team at home like Stoke’s did. Unless Portsmouth are sold into Arab money by the end of the transfer window they and Hull may go down. That I believe leaves you, Burnley and Birmingham to fight it out to avoid 18th place, I feel Birmingham have the strongest squad so will survive, so it basically comes down to you and Burnley.
As for tomorrow…
As a Blue I’m not really going to predict anything other than a win for City. The scoreline depends on how you go about playing: If you play an open flowing game you could find game finishing 3-1 or worse for you.
Alternatively if you work hard and close us down and somehow keep are star players in check you may come away with a respectable 2-1 or 1-0.
If City fail to meet up to their pre-season expectations as we all too often do, there is always a chance of you nicking a valuable point.
Anyway I hope you enjoyed my blog and those of you attending the game have a great day out.