Next Up – Manchester City

Next Up Man City 10 December 2016 Kick Off 17:30

Manager        Pep Guardiola

Founded       1880            Ground         City of Manchester Stadium

Address       Etihad Campus M11 3FF

Capacity        55,097  

Squad:

1        Chile             GK      Claudio Bravo

3        France          DF      Bacary Sagna

4        Belgium         DF      Vincent Kompany (captain)

5        Argentina       DF      Pablo Zabaleta

6        Brazil            MF      Fernando

7        England         MF      Raheem Sterling

8        Germany       MF      İlkay Gündoğan

9        Spain            FW     Nolito

10      Argentina       FW     Sergio Agüero (suspended)

11      Serbia           DF      Aleksandar Kolarov

13      Argentina       GK      Willy Caballero

15      Spain            MF      Jesús Navas

17      Belgium         MF      Kevin De Bruyne

18      England         MF      Fabian Delph

19      Germany       MF      Leroy Sané

21      Spain            MF      David Silva

22      France          DF      Gaël Clichy

24      England         DF      John Stones

25      Brazil            MF      Fernandinho (suspended)

30      Argentina       DF      Nicolás Otamendi (suspended)

42      Ivory Coast    MF      Yaya Touré

50      Spain            DF      Pablo Maffeo

53      England         DF      Tosin Adarabioyo

54      England         GK      Angus Gunn

72      Nigeria          FW     Kelechi Iheanacho

75      Spain            MF      Aleix García

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: http://www.mcfc.co.uk/

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Stop me if you think you’ve read this one before

Sunderland 2 City 1

 

Report by Colin Hall

 

Leicester City succumbed to their SIXTH away defeat of the current Premier League season as bottom club Sunderland become the latest team to overcome them.

 

The result, and performance, were all too reminiscent of games witnessed on our travels two winters ago, when the Foxes were marooned for months at the bottom of the league.

 

Although this side are unlikely to plumb such depths this time around (there are simply too many weak teams in this league for that to happen), Claudio Ranieri and his side continue to perturb those who had hoped that the team would have mounted a more robust defence of their title.

 

Indeed, the spirit, determination and cohesion which propelled them to those heights were once again qualities notable for their absence as the hosts edged their way to a 2-1 triumph.

 

As at other league venues, the Stadium of Light observed a minute's silence before the game in remembrance of the Chapecoense players and officials who perished in last week's plane crash. This was immaculately supported by both sets of fans.

 

The home side, roared on by a partisan crowd, started the game strongly, with Watmore, Anichebe and Defoe all going close in the early stages. Gradually, though, City were able to establish a foothold in the game, with Mahrez showing more touches than in some of his recent displays.

 

In attack, Vardy had a couple of opportunities to end his long goal drought, but was only able to send his headers wide of the target on both occasions. It was particularly disappointing to observe that, even after three months, his partnership with Slimani shows little sign of gelling.

 

Nevertheless, the visitors ended the half on the front foot, as Fuchs sent a cross-shot onto the bar with home keeper Pickford stranded.

 

Sunderland were forced into two midfield changes at the break, with neither Pienaar nor Denayer fit enough to continue. However, both were replaced by experienced professionals who were to play a significant role in their side's eventual victory.

 

Slimani came close to making the breakthrough early in the second half, only to see his effort blocked by Djilobodji. But with both sides looking short of inspiration, the game looked like meandering towards a scoreless conclusion.

 

Sadly for City, weakness in defending set pieces, which has proved their undoing so often this season, was made to tell once again.

 

Midway through the half, Kirchhoff flicked on a corner from fellow substitute Larsson.  The ball hit Huth and crept in at the near post past a wrong-footed Zieler.

 

With the Foxes left reeling by this blow, the hosts swept forward in search of a clincher. They were unfortunate not to win a penalty when former City loanee van Aanholt appeared to be felled in a tussle with Simpson.

 

But further home pressure brought its reward shortly afterwards when Anichebe teed up Watmore for a shot which Huth could only divert into the path of an unmarked Defoe, who coolly struck the target to double his side's lead.

 

At this point, sections of the visiting contingent made their frustrations known in the most forthright of terms. Fortunately, this discontent quickly subsided when City finally managed to construct a move of quality to bring them back on board.

 

Vardy roused himself enough to win a clash in midfield, sending Gray on a run which took him past the home defence. Okazaki, brought on as a replacement for Slimani, was alert enough to convert the cross at the near post and bring the visitors back into the game.

 

The scene was set for a rousing Foxes fightback, but it did not materialise. City couldn't keep possession for long enough to sustain pressure on the hosts, who were able to run down the clock during the closing stages.

 

Only when Morgan - and even Zieler - had ventured forward in the dying seconds, did City create another scoring chance, but Pickford was alert enough to turn away a piledriver from the City skipper.

 

In truth, though, Leicester could have few complaints about the outcome. Too many players again performed well below their capabilities and – as Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer noted on Saturday evening – some of the side's bigger names lacked the hunger and intensity for this particular battle.

 

Ranieri's persistent faith in the old guard, and in the formation that served him so well last season, continues to go unrewarded. Until and unless he sees fit to reconsider this faith, another long, cold winter looms for the Foxes fanbase.

 

Sunderland (4-3-3): Pickford; Jones, Kone, Djilobodji, van Aanholt; Denayer (Kirchhoff 46), Ndong, Pienaar (Larsson 46); Watmore (Manquillo 85), Anichebe, Defoe. Subs not used: Mannone, Khazri, O’Shea, Januzaj.

 

Goals: Huth (og) 67, Defoe 77.

 

Booked: van Aanholt, Djilobodji, Larsson.

 

City (4-4-2): Zieler; Simpson. Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez (Musa 72), King, Amartey, Albrighton (Gray 72); Slimani (Okazaki 68),Vardy.
Subs not used: Hamer, Hernandez, Schlupp, Mendy.

 

Goal: Okazaki 80.

 

Booked: Fuchs.

 

Referee: Andre Marriner.    Attendance: 39725.

 

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

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Next Up – FC Porto

Next Up FC Porto (Futebol Clube do Porto) 7 December 2016

Head Coach        Nuno Espírito Santo      

Founded      1893

Ground         Estádio do Dragão

Address       Via Futebol Clube do Porto, 4350-415 Porto, Portugal

Capacity        50,092

Squad: 

1              Spain                   GK          Iker Casillas

2              Uruguay               DF           Maxi Pereira

3              Portugal               MF         Sérgio Oliveira

4              France                 DF           Willy Boly

5              Spain                   DF           Iván Marcano

6              Portugal               MF         Rúben Neves

7              Portugal               FW         Silvestre Varela

8              Algeria                 FW         Yacine Brahimi

9              Belgium               FW         Laurent Depoitre

10           Portugal               FW         André Silva

11           Spain                   FW         Adrián López

12           Portugal               GK          José Sá

13           Brazil                    DF           Alex Telles

15           Brazil                    MF         Evandro

16           Mexico                 MF         Héctor Herrera (captain)

17           Mexico                 FW         Jesús Corona

18           Portugal               MF         João Teixeira

19           Portugal               MF         Diogo Jota (on loan from Atlético Madrid)

20           Portugal               MF         André André

21           Mexico                 DF           Miguel Layún

22           Portugal               MF         Danilo Pereira

24           Portugal               GK          João Costa

25           Brazil                    MF         Otávio

28           Brazil                    DF           Felipe

30           Spain                    MF         Óliver Torres (on loan from Atlético Madrid)

33           Nigeria                  DF           Chidozie Awaziem

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.  

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: http://www.fcporto.pt/en/Pages/fc-porto.aspx

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Oppos Viewpoint – Sunderland

View from the Opposition – Sunderland 3 December 2016

A bit about you:

Name:  Gordon McFarlane

Current home town: I live in Bedfordshire

Birthplace: I was born in Scotland, but moved to the north east of England when I was 15

How long have you supported your team? I’ve supported Sunderland for around 33 years – the highs (a few) and the lows!

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground:  Generally the atmosphere in the Stadium of Light is great, and can be quite intimidating for the opposition! It’s also a modern, roomy stadium.

Favourite match played by your team & why: I’m always going to go for a derby win against Newcastle, and there have been a few to choose from recently!

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Gary Bennett – great defender who played for us from 1984 to 1995.

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Has to be Jermain Defoe – give him half a chance, and he’ll take it

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Victor Anichebe has developed hugely over the last few games, and isn’t scared to put himself about a bit

Player in our squad you most fear and why? This season, Mahrez is one to watch.

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Jordan Pickford proves himself  week in, week out, and has made some world class saves this season. I just hope we can keep him in January.

What are your expectations for your side this season? We had a terrible start, but have shown some form and resilience in the last 3 games, so I think that we will be ok – but perhaps just above the bottom 3. Hopefully it won’t go to the wire, yet again…

How do you think you’ll do against us? Could be quite an open game – going to go for a 2-1 home win

General Questions:

What do you think of the transfer activity both in and out of your club this season? We had a lot of last minute activity, and it’s taken a while for players to settle in and to gel, but it looks like we are getting somewhere. The frustration is that we never really spend ‘big’ to match our ambition.

Which three teams do you think will go down?   Swansea, West Ham and Hull

Who do you think will win the league? Arsenal – possibly – looking stronger than they have for a long time

Any other comments? Please don’t turn up with your Champion’s League heads on!

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Next Up – Sunderland

Next Up – Sunderland 3 December 2016

Manager        David Moyes

Founded       1879             Ground        Stadium of Light

Address       Sunderland SR5 1SU

Capacity        49,000  

Squad:

1              Italy                                      GK          Vito Mannone

2              England                                DF           Billy Jones

3              Netherlands                         DF           Patrick van Aanholt

4              Belgium                                DF           Jason Denayer (on loan from Manchester City)

5              Senegal                                DF           Papy Djilobodji

6              England                                MF         Lee Cattermole

7              Sweden                                MF         Sebastian Larsson

8              England                                MF         Jack Rodwell

9              Italy                                      FW         Fabio Borini

10           Tunisia                                  MF         Wahbi Khazri

12           Portugal                                GK          Mika

13           England                                GK          Jordan Pickford

14           England                                MF         Duncan Watmore

16           Republic of Ireland              DF           John O'Shea (captain)

17           Gabon                                  MF         Didier N'Dong

18           England                               FW         Jermain Defoe

19           Northern Ireland                 DF           Paddy McNair

20           South Africa                        MF         Steven Pienaar

21           Spain                                  DF           Javier Manquillo (on loan from Atlético Madrid)

22           Scotland                             DF           Donald Love

23           Ivory Coast                         DF           Lamine Koné

27           Germany                            MF         Jan Kirchhoff

28           Nigeria                               FW         Victor Anichebe

29           Sweden                              FW         Joel Asoro

44           Belgium                              MF         Adnan Januzaj (on loan from Manchester United)

46           United States                     MF         Lynden Gooch

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information, especially during the transfer window.

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: http://www.safc.com

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