So Liverpool make the away trip to the richest club in Europe. No it’s not a Sunday fixture against Real Madrid, ManU, Chelsea or Barca but a 36mile trip to Man City at Eastlands. Now at least we will be able to get playing our away fixture against them before the January transfer window opens because everybody including the Man City fans are expecting the cash cow floodgates to open and to end up with a fantasy XI that rivals any world beating team some spotty teenager has created on his PS3 or X-Box whilst playing FIFA 09. Only this time the team won’t be created in some living room in the UK but from some flashy pad located somewhere in Abu Dhabi. Some people see this as the end of the game in England as you cannot compete unless you have the club owned by some Yank, Russian or Arab with deep pockets and it looks as if the Nigerians could arrive if reports are true from the Toon but for me the plus side is seeing the best players being attracted to the EPL and in truth every top league in Europe has an elite 4-5 clubs who are favourites for the title every year so what’s the difference. So lets just enjoy.
Anyhow, back to Sundays game. Lets’s not forget, the current Man City side are not bad as it is. They don’t seeme to travel well but at home they are very dangerous. Martin Petrov I think will be injured but that still leaves a lot of dangerous players on the pitch such as Elano, SWP and their new boys from Brazil Robinho and Jo. Between the sticks they have Joe hart who is being tipped to be the England keeper of the future and in Mark Hughes they have a great manager who according to this morning footy gossip is being chased by Spurs (as if he would be that daft). This weeks fixture will see the highest scoring team to date in the EPL with 16 goals face the mean Liverpool defense who have leaked only two goals which will be very interesting as Man City have not managed to score a premier league goal against LFC in exactly nine hours of football which takes us back to 9th April 05.
We can only hope that Sunday’s game is better than last years corresponding fixture which was a 0-0 draw on the 30th December but this is not helped by the fact that the scoreline in the last seven meetings has either been 0-0 or 1-0. There is no doubt however that a 1-0 win for The Reds would be welcomed as it would mean that we have the best return from the first seven games of a EPL season for 12 years and we would be the third club in EPL history to hit 1000 goals.
Playing tomorrow will mean a little bit more to some people. Big Sami is still waiting for his 300th career start and Alonso has thankfully been kept at the club to reach his 100th Premier start (if selected). It is also going to be an interesting game for Riera who was on loan to Man City for 5 months at the beginning of 2006. I am sure he will be playing to the sound of “City Reject” blasting out from the Eastland faithful. Lets just hope he proves that they should have kept him.
Shankly Quote of The Week.
He’s worse than the rain in Manchester. At least God stops the rain in Manchester occasionally.
- About Brian Clough
I’m looking forward to this one. It will be City’s first real test of the season and I suspect they are going to crumble under the pressure. Sure they have Robhino, SWP and Jo but I feel Robhino is not going to have much joy especially if Mascherano is in the side. I feel Dossena should start so he can counter SWP’s runs and no need to worry about Jo as Carra will make him wish he never played in the Premiership
City do not defend well and that will be a bonus for us now that Keane and Torres are firing. With Rafa’s new found attack mind, he will not be going out to get a draw on Sunday.
My prediction 2-1 to the Reds.
My crystall ball says 2-0 LFC… i do not see City doing an awful lot to trouble Pepe, although Carra and Skrtel will certainly have a busy afternoon. I anticipate a free flowing game since City do not have the personnel to squeeze the midfield and that tactic would not suit their current style. Rafa will of course attempt to crowd out the midfield when they are in possession but i do think that they have the ability to play through that, leaving acres of space in their half for us to play in when they lose the ball. I expect to see a few scary moments in the game and once we get that opening goal the game should fizzle out into a formality!
Hey guys. I think the score should be 1-0. Man City is overrated and our offense is getting in form. I would love to see Gerrard add to his 100.