Man City are back in cup action on Saturday after they confirmed their place in the Carabao Cup final with a 1-0 win against Burton Albion in mid-week, giving them a 10-0 victory on aggregate. City strolled into the FA Cup 4th round by demolishing Rotherham United 7-0 last time out, but will face tougher opposition next with Premier League side Burnley visiting the Etihad. Sean Dyche's side have a woeful record against the top six teams this season, having lost every game, and City knocked them for five the last time they traveled to Manchester. Blues boss Pep Guardiola named a fairly strong side in the semi-final second leg against the Brewers, displaying how seriously he was taking the competition, and it's expected that he'll name an even stronger team against the Clarets. City have now scored 24 goals since they last conceded one themselves and with the Blues hunting for trophies on four different fronts they won't be letting up. What TV channel is Man City vs Burnley on? Man City … [Read more...] about What TV channel is Man City vs Burnley on?
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Former Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was full of praise for his old side after their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night. The Brewers bowed out of the Carabao Cup at the semi-final stage, succumbing to City 10-0 on aggregate following their battering at the Etihad Stadium two weeks ago. Albion restored some pride following that demolition at the hands of the Premier League champions, frustrating their visitors at the Pirelli Stadium. The hosts limited City to a Sergio Aguero goal while fashioning chances themselves, including a Will Miller effort cleared off the line with 20 minutes left. Read More Burton Albion 0-1 Manchester City "I think from Burton it was a really good display, how they conducted themselves," he said on Sky Sports. "How they went about it, they tried to press from the front - they were trying to make it difficult for them. "They were very brave and they were actually, in the second half, unlucky not to score . "Man City are … [Read more...] about Hasselbaink says Burton should be ‘proud’ after Man City defeat
For the second time in succession it was men against boys in the Football League Trophy at the Stadium of Light, and once more Sunderland came out on top against youthful, talented but ultimately not ruthless enough opposition. Given that has been the main charge levelled against the Black Cats in 2019, this exercise will have done them a lot of good, with Duncan Watmore scoring his first senior goal for nearly three years and Lynden Gooch coming off the bench to score after a spell of below-par league performances to book his team’s semi-final place. The 2-0 scoreline slightly flattered Manchester City’s under-21s, who provided more silk without their opponents’ cutting edge. City fielded a side with an average age of 17.7, with a combined 24 starts in this season’s competition and six players with squad numbers in the 90s. The rotation did not just extend to them, though. Sunderland only retained three of the team which had drawn at Scunthorpe United and Luke … [Read more...] about Sunderland 2-0 Man City U21s analysis: Cats rediscover ruthlessness to see off silky City
Sunderland are 90 minutes away from Wembley after a 2-0 victory over a Manchester City Under-21s side with plenty of talent, but too callow to see off hardened League One opposition. Five years to the day after their last semi-final, the Black Cats reached another, this time in the Football League Trophy. They can face any one of Portsmouth, Bury and Bristol Rovers in Friday lunchtime’s draw. Duncan Watmore scored his first senior goal since March 2016 to put the Black Cats in front, and Dylan McGeouch showed his class pulling the strings in midfield for the Wearsiders. With Pep Guardiola looking to use some of his better young players to defend their 9-0 League Cup semi-final aggregate lead at Burton Albion this evening, the under-21s had an average age which was below 18, with two making their first starts in this competition. Their skill was not in question, but they were not quite ready to take on a side of Sunderland’s experience. Read More Sunderland 2-0 Man City … [Read more...] about Sunderland 2-0 Man City U21s ratings
Man City have been in scintillating form in 2019, scoring 24 goals in just five games, but the next six matches could be pivotal for City's season aspirations as they look to compete in four different competitions. Pep Guardiola's side will play their next six games in just 28 days across the Premier League, Carabao Cup, FA Cup and the returning Champions League. Guardiola said: "We have so many games. So everyone is going to play. It is impossible to sustain this amount of games. It is not about the past, it's what’s coming forward. We need everybody." Which suggests the Blues boss will utilise every member of his squad as the games come thick and fast. But what will the next six games have in store for City? Which teams could cause problems and which should City sweep aside? Burton Albion - Away - Carabao Cup semi-final second leg - Wed 23/1 - 7:45pm Next up for City is the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Burton Albion, which is as much of a dead rubber as a … [Read more...] about Man City’s next six games that could shape their season