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Middlesbrough produce shock as they beat Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Patrick Bamford’s goal in the early stages of the second half put Boro ahead and substitute Kike doubled the lead in stoppage time to take the Championship side into the last 16. Although there were opportunities for Willy Caballero and Dedryck Boyata, City boss Manuel Pellegrini named a strong side that included the likes of Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero. Pellegrini turned to Fernandinho and Frank Lampard in an attempt to salvage something, but this time the woodwork came to Boro’s rescue instead. City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Southampton have all been eliminated from the FA Cup.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 24 - 3:18 PM

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has come out with an update regarding Frank Lampard's injury status, saying that the midfielder would be out "between 2-3 days".

Lampard came off after just 20 minutes with a muscle (leg) injury in the team's 2-0 win (friendly) vs Hamburg on Wednesday, but Pellegrini hinted that it would not the soon-to-be New York City FC man would not be out for long. "Frank was injured in the warm-up. He felt some problem in his muscle but I don’t think it will be very serious. We took him off just as a precaution. I hope that he will be fit, not only for Chelsea, but for the FA Cup [against Middlesbrough on Saturday]. It was just a small problem, but he asked to try to play. After that he told us it was impossible but I don’t think that it will be a very important injury and we hope that we can have him for Saturday."
Jan 22 - 2:47 PM

Vincent Kompany wasn't at all impressive in his first start back after an injury layoff as City lost 2-0 to Arsenal at the Etihad.

With Mangala having failed to impress since arriving for a silly transfer fee, City supporters have been counting the hours until Vincent Kompany's return. That day came against Arsenal in Week 22 but the results weren't what anyone other than Arsene Wenger would have been hoping for. Kompany committed a silly foul on Nacho Monreal in the box for the penalty that led to Arsenal's first goal. He and the rest of the City defense were guilty of incredibly soft defense on Santi Cazorla's service into the center of the penalty area as well. Olivier Giroud and two other Arsenal attackers were closer to the lofted ball than any City defender. Giroud won the race and beat Joe Hart for the final 2-0 scoreline. The loss sees City fall 5 points behind Chelsea in the title race a mere two weeks after they were even.
Jan 18 - 1:05 PM

Wilfried Bony has officially completed his long-rumored move from Swansea City to Manchester City.

The move certainly shores up what was an area of concern for the Manchester City squad after Bony returns from the African Cup of Nations. What it does to his fantasy value is another question entirely. If Sergio Aguero continues to miss time due to injuries then Bony could be a huge success. There is also the possibility of Bony partnering Aguero which could see him maintain his current value more or less. The concern would be if Bony is only a sporadic starter with City continuing to use a formation featuring only a single forward (presumably a healthy Aguero).
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 14 - 1:41 PM

Schalke have agreed to a deal to sign Manchester City's Matija Nastasic on loan.

The agreement will run until the end of June when Schalke will have the option of making the transfer permanent. Schalke will reportedly pay a loan fee of around £1.6m to secure Nastasic's services on loan, while the buy-out clause is just over £10m. Nastasic has not played for City since August's Community Shield defeat to Arsenal and four center-backs are ahead of him in Manuel Pellegrini's plans. West Ham were also linked with the player, but manager Sam Allardyce gave up on a deal after being told Nastasic would prefer to leave the Premier League.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 13 - 6:23 PM

Manchester City are ready to sell Matija Nastasic to help fund their move for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.

The 21-year-old Serbian was once regarded as one of Europe's brightest prospects but his development has been curbed by a series of injuries and he is now behind Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala, Martin Demichelis and Dedryck Boyata in the defensive pecking order. AC Milan and Schalke are among the parties interested in signing Nastasic. Milan prefer a loan option but City will demand about £13m, which would put Schalke in pole position. The champions are in the unfamiliar position of having to sell before they buy due to financial fair play restrictions. They need to make sure their total spend is not above £49m this season and that figure is already at £39m, so player sales are essential, and defender Nastasic appears likely to be among the first through the door. City remain in talks with Swansea over Bony and the Ivory Coast striker is expected to be unveiled at the Etihad before the end of the week if all goes well.

Manchester City are in advanced talks with Swansea City to sign star striker Wilfried Bony for a transfer fee estimated to eclipse £30m.

Bony finished the 2014 calendar year the top goal scorer in the top flight and Swansea now look poised to turn quite a profit on the Ivorian, who was brought to Liberty Stadium at a £12m fee and now looks to require upwards of £45m for City to get their hands on him. They have a natural replacement in Bafetimbi Gomis who has seen limited action due to Bony's presence but will now be a major figure in the Swans' attack. For less than 5m in the Yahoo game, he could be a second half bargain should he round into form. The Swans will theoretically have enough cash to sign another forward to back up Gomis plus plenty left over to pursue perhaps a high impact midfielder or defender. Michu is still Swansea property as well but it remains to be seen if the club are looking ahead to next year with him in their plans.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 6 - 12:33 PM

James Milner scored an injury-time winner as his brace helped Manchester City come from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup third round.

Milner has been playing in a forward role in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, and it was from that position he struck twice against Sheffield Wednesday. Manchester City failed to register a shot on target for more than an hour until Milner equalised by sliding the ball through the keeper's legs and he completed the win from close range in injury time, to celebrate his 29th birthday in style. David Silva and Samir Nasri started the game on the bench but were introduced in a second-half with their side behind, a switch that turned the game in City's favour as they progress to the 4th Round.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 5 - 7:14 AM

Aston Villa are lining up a deal with Manchester City for Scott Sinclair

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Aston Villa are in advanced talks with Manchester City and are expected to complete the signing of 25-year-old winger Scott Sinclair in the coming days. Sinclair has made just four appearances under Manuel Pellegrini this season after making the move from Swansea last year.
Jan 3 - 7:11 PM

Wilfried Bony did not get the start for Garry Monk today but he made the most of his twenty minute shift by scoring the equalizer for Swansea City in stoppage time and rescuing a point in the 1-1 draw at Loftus Road.

The top scorer of the top flight in 2014 got the new year started off right with his last minute strike. Ki Sung-Yueng created the chance and fed the strong Ivorian in the box who took his customary turn and strike that whizzed passed the QPR defense before they knew what happened. It has been a frustrating month for Bony investors though as he was benched for two of the three fixtures between Boxing Day and New Year's and now he is about to leave the continent to play for Ivory Coast in the ACON tournament. Then it will be a question of whether he will need more rest when he returns.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 1 - 12:24 PM

Frank Lampard saved Manchester City from losing a second straight two-goal lead when he scored the winner over Sunderland in the 72nd minute.

Manchester City and Frank Lampard have come under intense scrutiny after his loan from "sister club" NYCFC was extended through the end of the Premier League season. The league level implications will be sorted out later but Lampard made it a great move in the short term by rescuing three points for City on New Years Day. City saw the Black Cats come back from 2-0 down to draw even before Lampard scored the winner.
Jan 1 - 12:01 PM

Manchester City have extended Frank Lampard's contract at the club until the end of the season.

Lampard is on loan from the MLS but that has been extended until the end of the season. He can now participate in Premier League and European competitions with Manchester until the end of the season. He mainly features from the bench, so his fantasy value remains low.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 04:17:00 PM

Fernando has been ruled out of the New Year’s Day clash against Sunderland after the Brazilian midfielder collected his fifth yellow card of the season during the draw with Burnley.

It was the player’s second successive card but his absence opens the door for Yaya Toure to return to the side – possibly for the last time before the African Cup of Nations. Following the win over West Brom Manuel Pellegrini confirmed Toure [and Silva] "were fine" after they were replaced midway through the second half at the Hawthorns "it was important for them to rest," but after Burnley grabbed a dramatic draw at the Etihad Pellegrini changed his story stating Toure "had a [groin] muscle injury." However Yaya took to social media on Tuesday to confirm he would be available for the visit of Sunderland after "the boss rested me," in a frustrating move for fantasy managers. Vincent Kompany will face a late test and is rated as 50/50.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 07:28:00 PM

Yaya Toure missed Manchester City’s disappointing draw at the Etihad on Sunday as the Ivorian midfielder was rested as a precaution because of concerns regarding a minor groin problem.

Manuel Pellegrini confirmed post-match yesterday that Yaya Toure was missing from Sundays’ match-day squad because of a muscular issue which he felt during the build-up to GW18 at the Hawthorns. However those comments were contradictory to the answer he gave on Boxing Day when questions were asked regarding the early withdrawal of Toure and Silva against West Brom "[both players] are fine and were [substituted] to keep them fresh [for Sunday]." But having seen City lose a two goal lead at the Etihad Pellegrini confirmed Toure would be assessed on Monday because of a niggling groin issue although the rumour mongers will have you believe the manager is trying to save face having rested Toure [four yellow cards] against what would be perceived as weaker opposition to keep him available for the Sunderland game on New Year’s Day.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 07:51:00 AM

Manchester City blew the chance to close the gap on leaders Chelsea as they threw away a two goal half-time lead to draw 2-2 with Burnley.

Chance blown by Manchester City, as they threw away the chance to move within one point of Chelsea. The reigning champions cruised through the first half thanks to goals by David Silva and a magnificent strike by Fernandinho gave them a 2-0 half time lead, but it all changed in the second half as Burnley fought back in impressive style. George Boyd pulled one back for the Clarets when he turned home Danny Ings' shot (although Boyd was clearly in an offside position) before Ashley Barnes reacted quickest in a crowded penalty area to smash home a loose ball to make it 2-2. City were shaken as Burnley pushed for a winner, but the game ended in a draw, a fair result after a ding-dong battle. Manuel Pellegrini's men remain second, three points off the top, while Burnley remain second from bottom but only goal difference away from safety.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 12:07:00 PM


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