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WTEWYE - The Manchester City Edition

Our closest competitors for the title no doubt. This was the juggernaut that was expected to roll over the rest of the League for the title. But it just hasn't happened. Filled with squad quality at all areas of the pitch and with most of them at the peak of their careers, it is no surprise that City are one of the favorites for the title. Pellegrini has introduced a brand of free flowing football so far removed from Mancini's, which coupled with the full-backs bombing forward at every opportunity, has been amazing to watch.

And the results have shown that too. At least at home. Away from Home City have sometimes lost the balance between attacking their opposition and attacking too much. This has led to them being caught out in counterattacks against Villa (who we know are pretty good at that) and even Cardiff. The only chink in the armor squad wise is the Defense. Kompany and Nastasic who were ever so reliable last year, have been struggling with injuries this year. Lescott and Demichelis are nowhere good enough. Zabaleta is good no doubt, but with Richards perma-injured he cannot play all games. Clichy while being more defensively sound that Aleksandar "I'm a winger" Kolarov still gets roasted a little too often.

While Yaya has become a free-kick specialist, penalty taker and long range shooter and FPL demigod all rolled into one, he has Fernandinho to thank for being the vital cog that holds that midfield together. The effects of his absence were seen in our match against them when Demichelis was a spectator in midfield watching our attacking quartet run past him.

Upfront they have they perma-injured Jovetic, the frequently injured but class when not Aguero, good as a super-sub Dzeko and unexpectedly good Negredo. Yeah, riches riches.

This brings us to how they are actually doing currently. The table says this:

Team

P

W

D

L

GD

Pts.

Chelsea

31

21

6

4

39

69

Liverpool

30

20

5

5

44

65

City

28

20

3

5

49

63

City have two games in hand over us and a much better GD. So, they'll have to lose 4 more points than us over the rest of the season for us to have a chance. Or we'll have to play Arsenal every game week until the end of the season.

Home Form:

Home

P

W

D

L

GD

Pts.


14

13

0

1

39

39

The only blemish on City's perfect home record was by Chelsea. This is an impressive as well as worrying stat for us. This imperious home record means that we should not expect too much when other teams visit them. Does not stop us hoping though. Especially as they have Big "19th Century" Sam at home in Game week 38. Park the bus like you parked it as the Bridge please.

Away Form:

Away

P

W

D

L

GD

Pts.


14

7

3

4

10

24

City's away form is very similar to our own (25 points in 15) and while we have most of our big visits out of the way, they still have most of theirs to come. Ah, Hope!

So let's just get on with the fixtures shall we. There are ten fixtures in total bunched together pretty close. However, City do not have the added issue of another competition.

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25th March - Man Utd (A) - MEDIUM HIGH

Players to watch out for: Wayne Rooney

This match seems like a really difficult one for City until you start considering how bad United really are at home. They have 21 points in 14 matches at home. To put this in perspective Stoke and Norwich have 27 and 24 respectively. Aguero will probably not be back for this one, so that's good.

Another good news is the injury to Robin Van Persie. I say this because whenever Persie is injured, Rooney plays further forward and does what he does best. He has been United's best this season by far. City won the reverse 4-1 and therefore United have quite a lot of pride and a Europa spot still to play for.

Hopefully Moyes strategy is not to just ask them to cross the ball. Valencia and Fellaini are getting a semblance of form back. Mata though is still shunted out on the wing and not very effective. Hope United do us a favor.

The fact that it is the Manchester Derby ramps up the difficulty level a bit. Players would be fired up and United seem to be turning a corner.

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29th March - Arsenal (A) - HIGH

Players to watch out for: Giroud, Ramsey (if back), Cazorla

Look what we have here! Another tough match. Do not be fooled by the Arsenal we saw recently. They are a Beast at home. Don't believe me? They have conceded just 7 goals in 14 matches at home. The lowest in the league. City without Aguero will find it tough there.

Giroud is actually half decent at home and the imminent return of Ramsey would be good news for Arsenal fans and us (Though with the amount of setbacks he has had I'm not sure what is wrong with him). The best thing for us is the lack of rest between the matches here. Tough matches back to back is a recipe for dropped points. Here's hoping.

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05th April - Southampton (H) - MEDIUM

Players to watch out for: Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez

Pochettino's men (or boys) are no pushovers. With their high pressing game and talented players to boot, Southampton have given teams plenty of problems this season as evidenced by their place in the table. Lallana, Lambert and Rodriguez provide a very potent attacking line-up with the youngsters in particular impressing everyone.

However, City at home are a juggernaut. Plus, Southampton may have nothing left to play for as Europa seems out of reach and relegation is not an issue anymore. Maybe this means they will play without fear and pressure or maybe they won't put much of an effort in. This would be an interesting test for City.

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13th April - Liverpool (A) - HIGH

Players to watch out for: Their whole attack really.

The free-scoring and free-conceding Liverpool are playing the best attacking football in the league at the moment. While they have no squad depth, their first team attack is filled with class. The speed of Sterling, Suarez and Sturridge has bamboozled all teams that have tried to play open football against them (and yet everyone still keeps doing that). Cardiff in the first half gave them a good run for their money, but Liverpool were eventually too strong.

If City are to drop points, this is where it needs to happen before their fixtures start easing. City defense is suspect and if they play Demi, they would be in for a tough tough day. Rodgers has also come out this season as a bit of a tactical genius. He has played quite a few systems depending on the limited personnel he has and after realizing that the way of the Swans was not going to get him results, he has instead turned his team into a lethal counter-attacking team. Suarez creates chances out of nothing, Sturridge is clinical and Sterling is just really really fast (with improved decision making in the final third).

Liverpool are in it to win it and will be a tough test for City.

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16th April - Sunderland (H) - RELATIVELY LOW

Players to watch out for: Johnson (slightly out of form), Bardsley (Goal and OG machine), Mannone

It is kind of sad for Sunderland that their best player this season has probably been their back-up goalkeeper. Sunderland though, did win 1-0 at home against City, but even if one is a little delusional, it is hard to see what they will do at the Etihad.

But then if Wigan can do it, so can they. City will however need to play a severely weakened team for that to happen. Hard to see.

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21st April - West Brom (H) - RELATIVELY LOW

Players to watch out for: No one really.

West Brom's stars have fallen so much within the space of one season. With the Fridge from Stamford Bridge leading their line, they finished an astonishing 8th! But Lukaku's gone, Clark's gone, Anelka's probably gone and with the dearth of Chelsea men, its simple to see why they are just three points above the drop zone.

Not a threat to City. Not even remotely.

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27th April - Crystal Palace (A) - MEDIUM HIGH

Players to watch out for: THAT DEFENSE

Oh. Look what we have here. Crystal Pulis is the mirror image of Stoke of yesteryear's. Struggling for goals but defensively compact. While Gabbidon has been unceremoniously dumped, Dann and Delaney in the centre have formed a decent partnership. Ward is actually a really good player and Jedinak is a pretty good cover for that defense.

Palace won't really threaten City but can eke out a point maybe.

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03rd May - Everton (A) - MEDIUM HIGH

Players to watch out for: Predator sans dreadlocks Lukaku, Shameless Goalman, Penalty Baines, Selfish Mirallas

Everton away is tough for anyone. Hey, we know that best. A pretty hard test then. Everton under Martinez play the sort of football their fans could never have hoped for under Moyes. Floating in and around 6th place, Everton have a solid defense and a good central midfield partnership. The sad things is, Barry would be ineligible.

Considering how vital McCarthy and Barry have been to Everton controlling the middle of the pitch, this is a shame. But add the link up play of Pienaar and Baines, the occasional brilliance of Deulofeu and the crazy height of Lacina Traore (who should be fit by then) and we have a test for City.

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07th - Aston Villa (H) - MEDIUM LOW

Players to watch out for: Benteke, Weimann, Agbonlahor

For anyone wondering why this is rated medium, the answer is this: Villa are absolutely pants at home (which makes our loss sting more). They are however much better away from Villa Park, not really in terms of result but in terms of performance. They are a team built for counter-attacks. They played that way vs. City at home and ran away with the three points.

Vlaar is a top defender. I'd be surprised if none of the big clubs come in for him. Villa's defensive resilience usually coincides with when he is present as neither Baker nor Clark know what they are doing when without him. I wouldn't mind if Benteke goes on his late last season form at this time.

11th May - West Ham (H) - If they play like against Chelsea - THROUGH THE ROOF HIGH otherwise RELATIVELY LOW

Players to watch out for: Defenders, Pony Caroll, Red card Nolan

Park the frikking bus Big Sam and I'll call you Allardici the rest of my life! You have half a dozen defenders - USE THEM! ALL OF THEM!

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So we see some tough games for City in this run. Surely much tougher than what we have in store. Liverpool, Arsenal, Palace and Everton away will probably decide their season.

Their home matches are nothing to write home about (haha). Two passing team (one of which is very good at pressing), a counter-attacking team, a park the bus team. Quite a lot of variety there.

The best thing for us is that before our Liverpool (A) game we'll have a really good idea of where we are in the race because if City are to lose points, it needs to happen in this stretch of four games till Liverpool (A). After that their fixture list eases up. For City it depends upon whether they can keep Silva and Aguero fit enough when it matters.

We've got much easier fixtures, but we need City to drop points for us to have a chance. Away from home and with that fixture congestion, they might oblige.

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