Midweek sees a full Premier League fixture list, the stand-out game (apart from Wigan v Liverpool ) is the Manchester derby. Never has the derby match taken on such significance, usually it would be Manchester United heavy favourties but everything for tomorrows game points to a City win. Mancini’s City have performed well in the big games at Eastlands this season, they comprehensively took apart Liverpool and ground Chelsea into submission. I also suspect that United’s luck is about to run out, they are unbeaten but have been lucky in picking up wins and the law of averages will catch up them, starting on Wednesday at Eastlands.
Alex Ferguson has claimed half of his squad have come down with the flu, the likes of Giggs, Nani, Anderson, Berbatov and Gibson are likely miss out. Is Fergie playing mind-games? Whats the chances of seeing Nani, Giggs and Berbabtov on the team sheet? Highly likely I would imagine.
In the blue half of Manchester, Mancini has been under intense pressure recently yet his team sit in fourth place and a win tomorrow would see them draw level with Man Utd – not too shabby for a club in crisis? Mancini has a squad of 83 to choose from with 16 different striking combinations possible, but none more dangerous than Manchester’s favourite son, Carlos Tevez. I should imagine the United backline will severely tested with Tevez, Silva and Johnson running a mock. Not to mention who has the job of stopping the man mountain that is Yaya Toure, it will be a massive test of Man United’s unbeaten record this season, and I expect City to see off United.
Elsewhere, im more nervous about tomorrows game with Wigan than I was about Chelsea on Sunday. The 3 points against Chelsea could mean nothing if we get beat at Wigan tomorrow. I just wonder how much Sundays game will have taken out of the players, the game at Anfield was a great atmosphere and I hope the players aren’t too flat playing at Wigan tomorrow.