Friday, August 17, 2007

City fans 'living the dream' ahead of the derby...

It was only a week or so ago that Man City fans were saying to me 'the derby will come too soon for us'. However, two wins on for the blues and now they've changed their tune, because while City have been winning United have of course been drawing.

Whatever happens on Sunday, the league title has never been won or lost in August. As if City fans will need reminding, United secured the title at the City of Manchester stadium last May...

So Sunday's game will be like any other derby, local bragging rights are at stake more than anything else, though with United being billed as genuine title contenders losing the game would be a concern for United, but it would not be catastrophic in the big scheme of things.

On the flip side for City fans, their season consists of three things, not getting relegated and the two results of the two games with United. To coin a phrase, Sunday is massive for them.

Of the game itself with no Ronaldo or Rooney, I expect Fergie to flood his midfield with the inclusion of Hargreaves who has yet to figure for the Red Devils. I also expect Anderson will be on the bench and will be introduced at some point in the game, but not from the start, though with City having so many new players who have yet to experience a derby atmosphere the manager might just surprise us all and start the Brazilian but I doubt it personally.

It could be a cracking game.

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