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Manchester City face defining moment in club’s history

It’s all been building up to this. Since the takeover of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour in 2008, winning the Champions League has been top of the club’s agenda. It’s taken a lot longer than many expected for the opportunity to present itself, but tomorrow night City face their date with destiny — the Champions League final against Chelsea in Porto. On paper, City shouldn’t have too much to fear. They are the favorites to win the match according to the Champions League odds, and with the Premier League title already in their back pockets, confidence will be high among coach Pep Guardiola’s squad. There is also the fact that opponents Chelsea have stuttered somewhat towards the end of the season, losing to Leicester City in the FA Cup final, and only narrowly making it into the top ...
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2020/21 UCL Final – The clash of the billionaires and the tacticians

The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League final takes place tomorrow between two English giants in recent times due to the spending power of their respective owners.  The two clubs who will be facing each other in the final of Europe's elite club competition were minnows in English football some decades back but have carved niches for themselves amongst Europe's elite clubs in recent times. Chelsea FC were just there before the arrival of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and Manchester City were the notable noisy rivals with no notable impact before the arrival of Sheikh Mansour. Regardless, both sides have become major players in English football since they were taken over by these billionaire figures. READ: BEST SITES FOR STREAMING LIVE FOOTBALL GAMES Both sides will face each...
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UCL – Can this Premier League trio make their numbers count?

The Premier League is the go-to league at the moment in Europe after three of their teams have made it to the quarterfinal stage of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League against all odds. We may have predicted this number making it to the round of 16 but making it further? Well, unless the folks at Footiehound are psychic. The likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City are in the next stage of the competition and have ignited hopes that the UCL title can end up in England this season. However, can these clubs make their numbers count? England currently has the highest number of representatives remaining in the competition and this is a good one although there is the concern of an all Premier League encounter. Regardless, they've been impressive in the competition this season. RE...
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Can these two produce upsets on Premier League Matchday 28

2020/21 Premier League matchday 28 kicks off this Saturday, and we have our eyes on two games namely, Chelsea away to Leeds United at Elland Road in the early kickoff and Manchester City away to relegation-threatened Fulham at Craven Cottage. LEEDS UNITED vs CHELSEA (Marcelo Bielsa vs Thomas Tuchel) It's no more news that early kickoffs can come with their surprises and the Blues will be wary of the threat that the energetic Marcelo Bielsa-led side can pose, especially whilst at home. Tuchel is yet to lose a game since he became Chelsea's boss, and although Leeds are not in the best of form in recent times, it will be foolhardy to undermine them as they're getting close to the relegation waters but won't want to be soaked in them. Regardless, this should be an exciting game betw...
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Solskjaer’s United – Kings of the derby at the Etihad

Pep Guardiola and his City side were flying the Premier League and were taking lots of sides to the cleaners. Their fans were even anticipating a legendary run of wins until Ole Gunnar Solskajer and his Red Devils side happened. Man City seemed unstoppable ahead of the game but Manchester United would not have it. Their local rivals were heavy favorites for all 3 points and this was the impression from various football prediction sites. However, it counted for nothing eventually as the underdogs won the game. The Red Devils have been phenomenal away from home in the Premier League this season and the result on the day was further proof that their away form is no fluke, regardless of how they set up. Before the announcement of Solskjaer as Man United's boss, the Citizens were ow...
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City are unstoppable and are overwhelming favorites for PL title

It appears the title race for defending champions Liverpool is as good as over with three consecutive losses in the Premier League. The current league leaders Manchester City are also on fire and currently lead the Reds with 13 points, with a game in hand. The Reds started out like a house on fire whilst the Citizens were faltering with some shock losses and results early in the season. Critics were satisfied and happy with Man City's struggles amid suggestions that the Premier League cannot be conquered by Pep Guardiola. There were suggestions that the Spaniard had been found out and would eventually leave England on a low. However, Pep Guardiola has other plans and was working on a solution for his side all the while. The Citizens have been unstoppable in recent months with 5 ho...
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Preview of Man United vs Man City – The fight for derby glory

The first Manchester Derby for the 2020/21 Premier League season comes up this Saturday as Manchester United host Manchester City at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola will lock horns against each other on the sidelines again. This derby is coming at a time when both sides can be said to be in form although they've had disappointing moments this season. Therefore, it promises to be a cracking Manchester United vs Manchester City fixture. Manchester City have been favorites on paper in the Manchester Derby in recent times but will be the side seeking revenge in this game having lost both home and away to the Red Devils in the Premier League last season. Just 1 point separates the sides in the Premier League presently and the game looks evenly poised. Regardless, t...
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The pressure is on City in Champions League bid

Manchester City are under more pressure than ever before to win the Champions League having surrendered their Premier League crown to Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s men were outstanding for the past two seasons in the English top-flight, winning the title with a level of excellence not seen in the Premier League era. However, the Spaniard has watched his side fail three times on the bounce in Europe and he will be feeling the heat more than most to deliver the Champions League crown. It is one of the few criticisms that have been levied against Guardiola. Since his departure from Barcelona, he has not been able to win the ultimate prize in Europe during his time with Bayern Munich, and his four years at the Etihad Stadium. Given Liverpool’s exploits by triumphing in Europe after fa...
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Manchester City are the team of the Premier League

Manchester City under Pep Guardiola have become the major force in the Premier League, although they're yet to translate their dominance to the European scene. Nevertheless, they've been decent on all fronts. The Citizens defended retained the Premier League title last season and also won all the domestic titles that were up for contention while the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man United, and Tottenham Hotspur could only watch on. Fast forward to this summer, and the Citizens are still going strong and not resting on their laurels. The Etihad outfit might have the UCL title as their priority next season. This is because it's the major trophy that has eluded Pep Guardiola in his time at Manchester City. READ: Tottenham to frustrate Arsenal move for William Saliba Re...
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Five talking points from the 2018/19 Premier League campaign

The 2018/19 Premier League season has ended and it came with its own share of unlimited excitement, anxiety, and tension. The 'noisy neighbors' successfully defended their Premier League title despite being hotly chased by Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, the German boss who was stated to have a bridesmaid's tag about him but never the bride. Pep Guardiola's Manchester City sealed a double and are on course for a domestic treble as they will face Watford in the FA Cup final on May 18. The Premier League top two in the just concluded 2018/19 campaign took the fight to each other and dragged it on till the final day where they both garnered wins. READ: Brighton sack Chris Hughton However, the same can't be said for the other clubs who came with the aim of competing for the title when...