Manchester City Preview

Friday 21 March 2014 10:00

Here’s all you need to know about our forthcoming opponents, Manchester City, with Fulham making the trip to the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Manchester City

Who Are Ya?


NICKNAME: The Citizens

STADIUM: City of Manchester Stadium (47,405)

POSITION 2012/13: 2nd

LAST FIVE LEAGUE RESULTS: Hull City (a) won 2-0, Stoke City (h) won 1-0, Norwich City (a) drew 0-0, Chelsea (h) lost 1-0, Tottenham Hotspur (a) won 5-1

THE GAFFER: Having won several South American titles, Manuel Pellegrini moved to La Liga where he took charge of Villarreal in July 2004. He guided the club to the UEFA Champions League in his first season and subsequently reached the semi-final the following year. Regarded as one of Europe’s brightest coaches, he joined Real Madrid in 2009, but was replaced by Jose Mourinho after just one season. Three seasons at Malaga followed, where again the Chilean led his team to the UEFA Champions League. The 60-year-old, known for his ambitious attacking football, joined Manchester City in May 2013 where he replaced the outgoing Roberto Mancini. In his first season, he has already guided City to the Capital One Cup.  

THE TACTICS: City tend to line up with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Samir Nasri and David Silva likely to be the players that provide spark and width out wide. With Sergio Aguero out injured, Alvaro Negredo or Edin Dzeko will lead Pellegrini’s attacking line. Yaya Toure and Fernandinho provide drive and power from the middle of the park, but with captain and key defender Vincent Kompany suspended, responsibility at the back will belong to the experienced Martin Demichelis.

Three To Watch

David Silva (pictured): The 28-year-old is the player that really makes his side tick; the Spain international is full of skill and craft, and is capable of unlocking the tightest of defences. The World Cup-winning midfielder is vital to City's attacking ambitions and is, rightly, regarded as one of the Premier League's most creative players. The Whites will have to watch his runs from the flank, with the player dangerous when drifting in to join the front man. Silva opened the scoring in last weekend's 2-0 defeat of Hull City.

Yaya Toure: The powerful Ivory Coast midfielder is a man mountain in the middle of the park, but there’s more to his game than just strength and tough tackling. For the 30-year-old can pass, shoot and dictate the tempo of play. Enjoying another fine campaign for City, Toure is a player that relishes the physicality of English football and will certainly be one of the players to watch when Fulham make the trip to the City of Manchester Stadium.

Pablo Zabaleta: The Argentina international may not capture the headlines as much as some of his teammates, but nevertheless, the 29-year-old is just as important. Since joining City in the summer of 2008, he has gone on to establish himself as one of the best right-backs in England and in Europe. Hard-working, tough in the tackle, the player offers 100 per cent commitment.

Man City In Numbers

1880 - Year the club was founded

3 - League titles in top flight

5 - FA Cup wins

£38m - Fee paid to Atletico Madrid for Sergio Aguero in 2011