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Man City vs. Blues

City of Manchester Stadium

16-12-05

5:15pm

On Sky

Blues go to City

Blues visit the City of Manchester Stadium in search of our first win at City's new home.

Blues will be boasted by the return of Mikael Forssell to the squad but we are still with Mario Melchiot, Neil Kilkenny and Muzzy Izzet

SB Says . . .

'There's no Melchiot, Izzet, or Kilkenny,' said the Blues boss.

'Mario and Muzzy have got grade one tears of their thigh muscles, so we are looking at three of four weeks which is not good considering we haven't got the kindest of fixtures coming up.

'But we are hoping that Kilkenny will be available some time next week.'

Man City Team News:

Manchester City are without suspended duo Richard Dunne and Andy Cole.

Skipper Sylvain Distin (groin) and Ben Thatcher (hamstring) are doubtful, while Danny Mills (fractured shin) is definitely out.

Man City (from): James, De Vlieger, Onuoha, Sun, Sommeil, Distin, Thatcher, Jordan, Sinclair, Croft, Barton, Reyna, Ireland, Musampa, Vassell, Wright-Phillips, Fowler.

Player to watch: Joey Barton

The City midfielder has been in fine form lately and Blues will have to work hard to keep him quiet.

Blues Team News:

Blues will be boasted by the return of Mikael Forssell to the squad but we are still with Mario Melchiot, Neil Kilkenny and Muzzy Izzet

Player to watch: Emile Heskey

Emile has been putting in some outstanding performances in the past weeks and will be looking to bang in a few goals that his hard work deserves

Match Facts & Stats

HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: Man City 57 wins, Birmingham 47, Draws 21
Prem: Man City 4 wins, Birmingham 2, Draws 1

HEAD TO HEAD at Man City
League: Man City 42 wins, Birmingham 9, Draws 11
Prem: Man City 2 win, Birmingham 0, Draws 1

Ref Watch:

Steve Bennett

Next Fixtures:

Man Utd - Home Carling Cup Quarter Final


The Journalist

Writer: dh1875 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 16 2005

Time: 2:22PM

 

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