Manchester City and Manchester United are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League but what are their respective chances of picking up the silverware? Sports analysts experts at FiveThirtyEight have crunched the data and predicted that two English sides above all others are favourites to win the competition. Never mind the intense competition of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus or Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, Man City and Liverpool are the favourites in the eyes of the sports stats gurus. Pep Guardiola’s men are rated as having a 28% chance of winning the competition, while Liverpool are close behind on 22%. Barcelona are third favourites with a 20% chance of securing the Champions League trophy, before there is a drop-off to Juventus at 11%. It’s not good news for Tottenham Hotspur (5%) and Manchester United (4%), who despite impressively getting past Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 respectively, are rated as having less of a chance of … [Read more...] about How Man Utd and Man City fare in CL supercomputer prediction
After advancing to the Champions League quarter finals at a canter on Wednesday night, Man City will be looking to make it to the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday as they continue the hunt for the quadruple. City will once again travel down to South Wales but this time to take on Swansea City of the Championship at the Liberty Stadium. The Blues demolished Schalke 7-0 in mid-week, to win the tie 10-2 on aggregate, in a ruthless display of their attacking prowess. City's players cut through Schalke's defence like a knife through butter, exploiting the acres of space and punishing the Bundesliga side with no sympathy. Pep Guardiola will no doubt be wanting to see a similar performance against Swansea and continue to show no mercy to lower league opposition. The Swans have only won one of their last five league games - and that was against a Bolton Wanderers side down to nine men - and currently sit 15th in the table. They did, however, earn their way to the last eight with an emphatic … [Read more...] about What TV channel is Swansea vs Man City in the FA Cup on?
Man City fans were treated to some fantastic news yesterday, as the club announced that midfielder Bernardo Silva had signed a new three-year deal that ties him to the Etihad until the summer of 2025. The Portugal international has been an integral part of the club's success so far this season and is one of the first names on Pep Guardiola's teamsheet every week. With David Silva approaching the autumn of his career at the age of 33, it's widely thought that Bernardo will eventually replace the Spaniard in the long-term. But does the 24-year-old have the potential to be better than the City legend? We used FIFA 19 to find out. Read More ESports Stories David Silva Current ability: 90 Potential ability: 90 The Spaniard remains one of the best midfielders in world football - and FIFA 19 agrees. Silva's overall ability of 90 puts him at a similar level as the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Kevin De Bruyne, among the world's elite midfielders. The 33-year-old's best … [Read more...] about Can Man City’s Bernardo Silva become better than David Silva?
Middlesbrough’s run to the final of the Premier League Cup is a “fantastic achievement” according to Academy manager Craig Liddle, who wants his players to now go one step further and with the trophy. Boro Under-18s will host Manchester City at the Riverside Stadium tonight (kick-off 7pm) looking to achieve the club’s greatest youth team cup success since 2004. That year a Middlesbrough team coached by Mark Proctor lifted the FA Youth Cup. Now it’s the turn of Mark Tinkler’s side to try and replicate that silverware success. Assessing the cup run, Liddle said: “First and foremost it is about development but when you get to the semi-final stage and the final stage the result becomes a little bit more relevant. “From the boys’ perspective, individually it’s a fantastic achievement for them to get to a final of this magnitude playing against some of the best players, not just in the country, but in the world at the same age … [Read more...] about Introducing Boro’s gifted youngsters ahead of Man City cup final
The better Manchester City play, the more pleasing on the eye they become, the more records they break, the higher the standards they're being judged on go. City's 7-0 dismantling of Schalke on Tuesday night was simply their latest exhibition moment under Pep Guardiola. So often are the Blues producing these displays of such beauty and grace that the extraordinary is becoming the ordinary at the Etihad. This was the 10th time this season City have scored five or more goals in one game. They've now netted 139 times this season and scored 61 goals in 2019 alone. They've already retained the Carabao Cup and are favourites for the FA Cup and to edge a tight Premier League title race with Liverpool. The quadruple is on, even if the Champions League remains City's and Guardiola's Holy Grail. In the aftermath of City's shellacking of Schalke BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand upped the ante on how he will be judging Guardiola's spell at the Etihad. Man City 7-0 Schalke reaction Player ratings: … [Read more...] about Why Ferdinand is wrong about the Guardiola era at Man City