Manchester City Team News, Starting XI Prediction vs Shakhtar Donetsk

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Manchester City are badly in need of a strong statement right now after having just been utterly shocked at Norwich City. It wasn’t just that City lost to a newly promoted side at Carrow Road, it’s that they lost to a very short-handed due to injury Norwich side.

The loss on Saturday showcased just how much the loss of Aymeric Laporte hurts this club. City has some real issues and weaknesses in defense (Nicolas Otamendi in particular needs to get better), and those were exposed on the weekend. Can Shakhtar Donetsk take advantage of those pull off a massive upset win in midweek?

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction at Norwich City

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has a massive task on his hands tomorrow, as he’ll take on Manchester City, the first team in history to spend one billion Euros on building a roster. He’ll also have to do it with nothing short of an injury crisis on his hands.

“Sometimes when you have many muscle injuries, you have to look at doing something different in training,” said Farke. “But these injuries are so unlucky. We cannot complain too much. We won’t cry, it’s tricky, but we will try to search for some solutions.”

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Manchester City at Norwich Team News: Laporte, Jesus, Sane, Krul, Hanley

Manchester City travel to newly promoted Norwich City tomorrow before kicking off their 2019-20 Champions League campaign against Shakhtar Donestsk on Wednesday. The big news in regards to City this past international break was the serious knee injury to starting defender Aymeric Laporte.

When asked about the severity of the first teamer’s injury, City manager Pep Guardiola said at his press conference today: “Five months, six months. Next year sure, January or February.”

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Vincent Kompany Injured for Testimonial, Honored with Road Naming

 

Wednesday brought good news and bad news for former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany. We’ll start with the bad news first, he’s been ruled out of his own testimonial match after having suffered a hamstring injury.

Now to the good news, the Belgian, who left the club this summer to become player-manager at Anderlecht has been honored with a road naming and commissioning of a sculpture at his former club.

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Manchester City 1st, Manchester United 4th in Player Roster Expenditures

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Reigning back to back Premier League champions Manchester City, who last season became the first side to accomplish an English domestic treble, are also the first football club to exceed €1 billion spent on building their roster of players.

That’s according to the Switzerland based CIES Football Observatory, whose data sets show Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid right behind them, with each club spending north of 900 million Euro. The red side of Manchester comes in fourth, with 750 million euro invested in their current squad. Obviously, this statistic is yet another reminder of how underachieving and underperforming Ed Woodward/Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are.

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No Aymeric Laporte for Manchester City Until 2020, What’s Next?

Over the course of the very long season the injury bug takes a bite or two out of every team. Some sides getting bit more, and harsher of course than other. And for some teams, the injury toll begins to pile up early in the season, just ask Manchester City.

The defending Premier League champions, we learned today, will be without their best centre back in Aymeric Laporte until 2020. The winners of the first domestic treble in English history last season are already without stellar German winger Leroy Sane until February or March.

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Pep Guardiola Has Interesting Take on Why Alexis Sanchez Flopped at United

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola worked with Alexis Sanchez at FC Barcelona, and he came close to signing the forward from Arsenal on summer transfer window deadline day 2017. In January of 2018, Manchester United came in and outspent City for the services of the Chilean.

The move backfired badly for Old Trafford as Alexis flopped massively and MUFC are now paying him NOT to play for them as he has now gone out on loan to Inter Milan for the season. Sanchez, the highest paid player in United history, only scored five times during the season and a half that he has with the Red Devils.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Manchester City will meet Brighton & Hove Albion for the 23rd time tomorrow, with City winning 13 of the previous clashes. Brighton have five wins to go along with four draws. It’s been 11 years since the Seagulls last beat City, and it came in the League Cup, via a penalty shootout.

Since that setback, City have won all five meetings, including a triumph in the EFL Cup semis last season. The four Premier League meetings since then have seen Brighton score just twice. That said, let’s take a look at who Pep Guardiola could start tomorrow, as he aims to continue the stretch of recent domination.

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Brighton at Manchester City Team News: Stones, Jesus, Sane, Izquierdo

The last weekend before the first international break is here, and the most lopsided game on paper, according to forecasters, is definitely Brighton & Hove Albion at Manchester City. Of course, games are not played on paper, by simulations and forecasts.

They are played in real life by human beings, and sometimes, crazy things happen. City didn’t expect to drop points at home to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, and they were kind of robbed in that result. The second place Sky Blues will effort to get a fool proof result here.

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Tottenham Get Tough UCL Draw, Man City Has Very Favorable Group

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Today was the UEFA Champions League group stage draw and as usual, people all over the world have very strong opinions about the results.  As they should, when you see what UEFA presented to the world in Monaco during the UCL Draw on Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur, as a “reward” for their runners-up appearance last season, have Bayern Munich in their grouping. The holders, Liverpool, earned an easy road, with a group that doesn’t feature any real heavyweights. And Manchester City may have received the most favorable draw of anybody! As for Chelsea, they have one of last year’s semifinalists, Ajax in their bracket.

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Manchester United Draw Rochdale in League Cup 3rd Round

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Today is the day we found out who the big boys/traditional top six finishers/teams from England participating in the European competition will play when they begin their 2019-20 League Cup campaign. The League Cup, also known as the EFL Cup or the Carabao Cup does not seed for the first two rounds, and it isn’t until the third round that we see typically see the proverbial big six get involved.

Below you will find Wednesday’s draw in full. Holders Manchester City will take on Preston North End while Manchester United takes on Rochdale. Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest could be an interesting clash while Watford vs. Swansea City, on paper at least, could be a very competitive affair.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction at AFC Bournemouth

When Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola selects his first team tomorrow at the Vitality Stadium, where his side will clash with AFC Bournemouth, he’ll have a multitude of options in various positions groups. Guardiola was asked yesterday, at his Friday press conference, if this is the deepest and most talented squad that he has ever had.

While acknowledging the depth and talent of this 2019-20 team, he said that all of the teams he’s had since he moved to Manchester from Bayern Munich in 2016 have had extreme quality.

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