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Manchester City

50-50 Challenge: City vs. Arsenal

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 By Ian Darke

Manuel Pellegrini must decide on Man City's approach vs. pragmatic Chelsea

ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes controlling David Silva is the key for Chelsea to beat Man City on Saturday in their big Premier League clash.
ESPN FC's experts discuss the implication of Diego Costa's potential suspension for Chelsea's crucial clash with Manchester City.

Manchester City are cornered tigers in this Premier League title race, and that makes them doubly dangerous as they aim to cut Chelsea's five-point lead at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

After the 2-0 home losses to Arsenal in the league and Championship side Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, manager Manuel Pellegrini knows that another setback in this huge game would leave City's domestic campaign in tatters.

It would be hard to imagine Jose Mourinho's team surrendering an eight-point lead, should they...

Zabaleta-Ivanovic duel the main subplot in Chelsea vs. Manchester City

The ESPN FC crew discuss Manchester City's 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough, for which Steve Nicol believes their trip to Abu Dhabi was to blame.

A title decider has a subplot in the quest to be the best. Chelsea and Manchester City contest the silverware, Branislav Ivanovic and Pablo Zabaleta vie for an unofficial honour. They are the Premier League's two outstanding right-backs. Not necessarily over the case of this campaign, because Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne has been a revelation, or last campaign, when Everton's Seamus Coleman was a formidable attacking presence, but over several seasons. Ivanovic and Zabaleta display a brand of...

 By Chris Wright

Frank Lampard in the moon? One City fan's big bet vs. Chelsea

One moonstruck Manchester City fan has lumped a not-inconsiderable amount of money on Frank Lampard to score against former club Chelsea on Saturday after apparently witnessing an omen in the night sky above London.

Kieran O'Brien has bet on Lampard -- who equalised for City in the 1-1 draw between the two teams earlier this season -- to score first this time around when the two title rivals face off at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. The reason? He reckons he's seen Lampard's face in the moon.

 By David Mooney

Write Manchester City off at your peril as Pellegrini plots Chelsea downfall

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley believes Manchester City's loss to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup was deserved as Manuel Pellegrini's side travelled to the Middle East and arrived back far too close to their weekend clash.

It's not even 10 years ago that Manchester City's motto would have been better as "Wallow in self-pity" rather than "pride in battle." Only City could mess up in ways previously unknown to the sport.

There was no reason for the fans to think that a bad run of form would come to an end -- and it was always a surprise when they went away from home and put three past a slightly better team.

Maybe it's wishful thinking based on a flimsy string of recent evidence, but there's been a shift at Eastlands...

 By Simon Curtis

Manchester City's season hinges on matches vs. Chelsea and Barcelona

The ESPN FC crew discuss Manchester City's 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough, for which Steve Nicol believes their trip to Abu Dhabi was to blame.

The post-weekend verdict for Manchester City is once again looking a little bleak.

For the fifth time this season, City fans wake up to the first commute of the week wondering just how the side were beaten at home. Five home defeats at this stage of the season adds up to the worst home record for six years.

Dumped from both domestic cup competitions by supposedly weaker opposition, City have been given a clear lesson in attitude by both Middlesbrough and Newcastle on how to treat the FA and League...

 By David Mooney

Manchester City can have no excuses for their limp FA Cup exit

Championship side Middlesbrough produced a shock 2-0 win over Premier League champions Manchester City in the FA Cup.
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists his side's loss to Middlesbrough wasn't due to the trip to Abu Dhabi.

There's something about Middlesbrough that will send a chill down the spine of many a Manchester City fan.

Whether it was their surprising 3-0 win over Arsenal in 2001 that pretty much put the death knell on City's Premier League survival chances, or their 1-0 win at Eastlands -- achieved without having a shot on target -- in 2003, or them pipping City to a UEFA Cup place in 2005, or the 8-1 drubbing they inflicted in 2008, there's just something about them and the trend continued with their 2-0...