Thursday, 15 April 2010

Derby Day: City squad.

Tomorrows 'local derby' against the Salford 11 has become a game of real importance. Spurs beating a hapless Arsenal has heightened the importance of maintaining our advantage in the fight for fourth place.

City have been replenished in the break between games. Zabaleta returns from suspension. Bridge, Ireland and Vieira all free from injury and ready to return to the side. So our bench will be much stronger than it was against Birmingham. Santa Cruz also had a good run out in the reserves to build some match sharpness.

An added bonus from last week was De Jong not picking up a suspension and now being 'unleashed' for the derby. Roberto Mancini has also escaped touchline suspension from the FA after his confrontation with Moyes, Which is good news of course.

I don't think we need to look into what squad the others will bring. All that is relevant is City are in top form. Adebayor hasn't featured against United this season and is looking formidable in front of goal along side Tevez. United are very beatable as proven already this season. We go into this game with just as potent an attack, if not more than it was at the start of the season. We are more sturdy at the back showing some real defensive rigour.

The line up is likely to be very similar to last match! Zabaleta or Bridge coming in for Garrido is probable. It will be interesting to see if he goes for just two in the middle, or brings Vieira/ Zabaleta into the middle to battle along side Barry and De Jong. I wouldn't favour this as it means Johnson or Bellamy miss out, something we should try to avoid on current form.

Lets keep the momentum going blues!

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