Friday, 14 August 2009
Blackburn Rovers vs Man City - Sat 15Th Aug 15:00 pm
Finally the season is upon us, our much anticipated season will begin with an away trip to Ewood Park.
I am as nervous as ever about tomorrows game, I think it is extremely important that we win and win well. After all the money we have spent and all the quality we have brought in, every football fan in the country will be looking for our result after the game has finished. I think it is very important that when they do check our score, they will see a score that suggests City won the game with ease. We must do our very best not to give people a reason to have a go at us after only one game.
Now to the game, as nervous as I am, I think City should be able to come away form Ewood Park with a victory. We are much stronger than they are and apart from kicking us as David Dunn has suggested, I don't see what they have in their team that will help them beat us. I think their team is lacking all the way through and I am certainly expecting us to breach what is not a strong defence.
I don't want to be to harsh on Blackburn they are a decent team, but if we were to come away with anything but a win it would be an opening day disaster.
City Team News:
Roque Santa Cruz has still not recovered from a knee operation and will miss the game. Vincent Kompany is still struggling with a toe injury and Michael Johnson is also out with an abdominal injury. Emanuel Adebayor is 50/50 after picking up a groin injury on International duty. Tevez, Bellamy, Toure and Onuoha are all expected to be fit.
Blackburn Team News:
Ryan Nelsen is struggling with a knee injury and may not play, Chris Samba and Vince Grella have been passed fit though and are both expected to start. Blackburn's new striker Nikola Kalinic is still awaiting a work permit and will miss the game.
Possible Man City Line Up: Given, Zabaleta, Dunne, Toure, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Barry, De Jong, Ireland, Robinho, Tevez.
Possible Blackburn Line Up: Robinson, Jacobsen, Warnock, Nelsen, Samba, Pedersen, Emerton, Andrews, Grella, Diouf, McCarthy.
My Prediction: Blackburn Rovers 1 - 3 Man City
Worth A Bet: Gareth Barry scores in a 1 - 3 City win.