Up Next – Manchester City

Manager        Pep Guardiola

Founded       1880            Ground         City of Manchester Stadium

Address       Etihad Campus M11 3FF

Capacity        55,097  


1        Chile             GK     Claudio Bravo

2        England        DF      Kyle Walker

3        Brazil            DF      Danilo

4        Belgium        DF      Vincent Kompany (Captain)

5        England        DF      John Stones

7        England        MF      Raheem Sterling

8        Germany      MF      İlkay Gündoğan

10      Argentina     FW     Sergio Agüero

15      France           DF      Eliaquim Mangala

17      Belgium        MF      Kevin De Bruyne

18      England        MF      Fabian Delph

19      Germany      MF      Leroy Sané

20      Portugal       MF      Bernardo Silva

21      Spain            MF      David Silva

22      France           DF      Benjamin Mendy

24      England        DF      Tosin Adarabioyo

25      Brazil            MF      Fernandinho

30      Argentina     DF      Nicolás Otamendi

31      Brazil            GK     Ederson

33      Brazil            FW     Gabriel Jesus

35      Ukraine         MF      Oleksandr Zinchenko

42      Ivory Coast   MF      Yaya Touré

47      England        MF      Phil Foden

55      Spain            MF      Brahim Díaz

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View from the opposition – Stoke City

A bit about you:

Name: Peter Machin                      Current home town: Leicester

Birthplace: Stoke on Trent

How long have you supported your team? 

Always. My first live game was in March 1978 where Garth Crooks scored a hat trick in a 4-2 win over Blackburn.

Overview of your club: Favourite thing about your home ground:

It has to be the noise, especially at night games when Delilah is being belted out.

Favourite match played by your team & why: 

Can't really choose between two.

Stoke v Wolves - last game of the 83-84 season we need to win to avoid relegation and do so handsomely with a 4-0 win. Just fantastic for a 13 year old. Unfortunately the next season we were relegated with 17 points and -67 goal difference, but wouldn't have missed the feeling of that  4-0 win.

Sorry to say the other was May 2008 v Leicester. It was a pretty dire game but we finally got into the premier league which I had basically given up on ever happening. It was also my last game as a season ticket holder as my eldest daughter was born that summer. Friends think it is hilarious I watched so much drivel in the lower leagues and we finally get promoted and I stop going on a regular basis. 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club:  

Has to be Mickey Thomas. He first came when i was an 11 year old and was our player of the season scoring 11 goals in the old first division in 1982-83. What i really liked was if he thought he'd been badly fouled he would spend the next 10 minutes trying to get his own back without the ref seeing. He came back to us later in his career when we were relegated to the third tier and brought a bit of class to our midfield again. Plus who can't be amused by his counterfeit fiver's scam as he said"Roy Keane was on £50,000 a week, but so was i until the police found the printing machine". A true maverick

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  At the moment it is Crouch simply because he works hard

Player in your squad we should most fear and why?  

Again at the moment it is Jack Butland because at least he will stop you scoring

Player in our squad you most fear and why? 

Jamie Vardy - pace against our defence is always a problem

Up and coming prospect in your squad? 

Our academy seems incapable of producing a player to come through to the first team. Of the young players Ramadan Sobhi a 19 year old Egyptian international can be exciting when running with the ball.

How do you think you’ll do against us? 1-1

General Questions:

What did you think of the winter activity both in and out of your club?

Kurt Zouma (on loan from Chelsea) was a good acquisition.  I said last season that Marko Arnautović was our one truly exciting and dangerous player we had, so it was sad to see him go.

Where do you think you’ll finish this season? Right now, 14th.

Which three teams do you think will get relegated from the Premiership?

Swansea, Huddersfield and Palace (the latter being such a pain to get to for an away game)

Any other comments? As I said last season, I was really pleased to see Huth get his champions medal. He is universally liked by all Stokies

Up Next – Stoke City

Up Next – Stoke City

Manager:     Mark Hughes

Founded:       1863             Ground:         bet365 Stadium

Address:       Stanley Matthews Way Stoke-on-Trent England ST4 4EG

Capacity:      30,089    


1              England                GK          Jack Butland

3              Netherlands          DF          Erik Pieters

4              Wales                   MF         Joe Allen

5              Austria                  DF           Kevin Wimmer

6              France                 DF           Kurt Zouma (on loan from Chelsea)

7              Rep of Ireland      MF         Stephen Ireland

8              England               DF           Glen Johnson

9              England               FW         Saido Berahino

10           Cameroon            FW         Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

11           Spain                   FW         Jesé (on loan from Paris Saint-Germain)

12           England               DF          Josh Tymon

14           Netherlands        MF         Ibrahim Afellay

15           Netherlands         DF          Bruno Martins Indi

16           Scotland              MF         Charlie Adam

17           England               DF          Ryan Shawcross (captain)

18           Senegal               FW         Mame Biram Diouf

20           United States      DF          Geoff Cameron

22           Switzerland         MF         Xherdan Shaqiri

24           Scotland             MF         Darren Fletcher

25           England              FW         Peter Crouch

28           Belgium              FW         Julien Ngoy

29           Denmark            GK          Jakob Haugaard

31           Belgium              MF         Thibaud Verlinden

32           Egypt                  MF         Ramadan Sobhi

33           England              GK          Lee Grant

42           England              DF          Tom Edwards

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View from the Opposition – Everton

View from the opposition - Everton

A bit about you:

Name: Mark Sadler      

Current home town: Barrow upon Soar

Birthplace: Sutton-in-Ashfield

How long have you supported your team? 49 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: Soul and memories

Favourite match played by your team & why: Beating Man U on penalties in the FA cup semi-final 2009 because it was the first time at Wembley with my son and the nearest we have been to winning anything in his lifetime (or at least living memory as he was only 2 in 1995) and it was beating Man U, which always feels good.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Alan Ball (you never forget your childhood heroes), with big Dunc a close second.

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Looking at what I wrote last year, saying Idrissa is a favourite but will pick up a lot of yellow cards and guess what, sent off last Sunday for two yellows! Favourite now has to be Tom Davies. Full of energy, will to win - every game, tackle, throw in! Koeman brought in a lot of midfielders, but for me the way Tom has played since coming into the first team last year, he has more than deserved to keep his place. Not perfect, but great to watch.

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Possibly Oumar Niasse. Not the greatest striker, but if he comes off the bench his is likely to score of lay one on.

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Mahrez, anyone that runs at us seems to panic our defence.

Up and coming prospect in your squad? With David Unsworth in charge, they should get their chance. Lookman looks a great prospect, Dom Calvert-Lewin will be a good striker, Mason Holgate continues to do well, Beni Baningime had a great debut against Chelsea, but I would really like to see Jonjoe Kenney make it and then become a long term replacement from Seamus.

Where do you think you’ll finish this season? Mid table, hopefully with a decent FA cup run.

How do you think you’ll do against us? Win 2-1. Not sure if this is hope over expectation, but with both sides changing manager, this is probably to most difficult fixture to predict this weekend. 

General Questions:

In hindsight, what do you think to your summer transfer activity? Started really well, but then lost a striker and kept buying midfielders. Seem to be left with an unbalanced squad. A lot of very good players, but weak in a few key positions.

Who do you think will win the league this year? Man City

Which three teams do you think will go down?  Palace, Brighton and Huddersfield

Can you describe your season to date in less than 15 words? Anticipation of a great things, despair and now back to hope!

Any other comments?

Both Martinez and Koeman started well, teams sussed out our new way of playing and strolled through us to score at will. At least Martinez left us with a striker who scored goals. Now we have great faith in David Unsworth. If he doesn't get the job and the next manager is better, then that will be fine with me. 

Up Next – Everton

Next Up Everton – 29 October 2017

Manager:       Vacant (David Unsworth Caretaker Manager)      Founded:       1878

Ground:        Goodison Park    Address:   Goodison Road, Liverpool, England

Capacity:      39,572


1              England                                GK          Jordan Pickford

2              France                                  MF         Morgan Schneiderlin

3              England                                DF           Leighton Baines

4              England                                DF           Michael Keane

5              Wales                                   DF           Ashley Williams

6              England                                DF           Phil Jagielka

7              DR off Congo                        FW         Yannick Bolasie

8              England                                MF         Ross Barkley

9              Spain                                   FW         Sandro Ramírez

10           England                                FW         Wayne Rooney

11           Belgium                                FW         Kevin Mirallas

12           England                                MF         Aaron Lennon

15           Curaçao                                DF           Cuco Martina

16           Rep of Ireland                       MF         James McCarthy

17           Senegal                                MF         Idrissa Gueye

18           Iceland                                 MF         Gylfi Sigurðsson

19           Senegal                                FW         Oumar Niasse

20           Netherlands                           MF         Davy Klaassen

21           Bosnia and Herzegovina         MF         Muhamed Bešić

22           Netherlands                           GK          Maarten Stekelenburg

23           Rep of Ireland                        DF           Séamus Coleman

25           Argentina                               DF           Ramiro Funes Mori

26           England                                MF         Tom Davies

27           Croatia                                  FW         Nikola Vlašić

29           England                                FW         Dominic Calvert-Lewin

30           England                                DF           Mason Holgate

31           England                                FW         Ademola Lookman

33           Spain                                    GK          Joel Robles

43           England                                DF           Jonjoe Kenny


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