Vital Football

Latest QPR News

Premier League Preview - Manchester City

Premier League Preview - Manchester City

NICKNAME: City

MANAGER: Roberto Mancini

STADIUM: Etihad Stadium (47726)

LAST SEASON: 1ST

Get the world's greatest script writers together, sit them down and get them to pen the greatest season ever told. They won't even begin to describe the conclusion to the 2011-12 campaign, an experience I can say I was privileged to witness, even if it cost me a handy amount on a bet. City were out of the race, 'City's Cracking Up', cried the United supporters as the blue half of Manchester saw the title slipping through their hands.

It happened several times over, throughout the season. The title jumped across the city more times than Carlos Tevez on a pogo stick and even up until that final moment there was drama, there was that doubt, but there was also that hope 'We'll fight to the end' cried the City fans until their final gasping breath as Sergio Aguero rifled home the winner, the climax, the season finale.

IN: Jack Rodwell (Everton, £12m)

OUT: Vladimir Weiss (Pescara, undisclosed), Greg Cunningham (Bristol City, free), Owen Hargreaves (released), Gunnar Nielsen (released), Stuart Taylor (released), Wayne Bridge (Brighton, loan)

PREVIEW:

City have strengthened in the form of Rodwell from Everton, a shrewd signing, but certainly not electrifying by many standards. Then again, looking around the elite, the cash has been splashed in the main by Chelsea - their near rivals United have yet to truly lay their cards on the table. Pre-season has been positive and perhaps the consistency in keeping the squad together could be beneficial for a defence of their first Premier League title.

United will most likely be City's closest rivals for the 2012-13 crown, but nevertheless the experience of gaining a title will be invaluable for the squad. There would be little problem in retaining their key players given their success, but success in Europe will be craved by the owners and could potentially leave them thinner than anticipated in domestic action.

KEY PLAYER: Carlos Tevez

One way or another, Carlos Tevez will be a player to keep an eye on this season - whether it be for his on field prowess or off-field shenanigans. Last season marked the return of many, Scholes for United, Henry for Arsenal - but Tevez's return was arguably most important in terms of the title race. Key performances late on helped City to the title and both he and Aguero will certainly be a handful once more this season.

Tevez is a controversial figure - coming first to West Ham United via a third party ownership, a deal that relegated sides complained bitterly about, giving the Hammers an unfair advantage in the run in. He then signed for Manchester United before ultimately leaving and moving across the City to sign for rivals Man City.

PREDICTION: 1ST

City certainly have enough about them to retain their status as champions. Combine that flair and steely discipline with the aforementioned title experience and it will certainly stand them in good stead for a successful defence. None of their rivals appear to be making an assault on the market to track them down, so providing they don't rest on their laurels, City will be the force once more.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Boxer
Date:Thursday August 16 2012
Time: 9:04PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

What A Mann - Ryan Nets First QPR Goal

QUEENS Park Rangers and Fulham had to settle for a share of the spoils on a bitterly cold afternoon at Loftus Road.

It was a genuine clash of styles with Rangers a combative, counter-attacking

Team News - QPR v Fulham

Rangers unchanged for the first time this season.

One to Watch - Chris Martin

Ryan Forrester takes a look at today's One to Watch - Chris Martin

The Men in Black - QPR v Fulham

This weekend's official in profile - the card-happy Keith Stroud

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from

Site Journalists

Boxer
Editor email
Profile
sandydl
no email
Profile
Superhoop50
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile
JackSupple
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Fulham
Suggested By:
Smithies18%
Onuoha0%
Hall0%
Lynch0%
Furlong0%
Wszolek0%
Luongo16%
Manning41%
Bidwell0%
Mackie25%
Sylla0%
Washington0%
LuaLua0%
Perch0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 27 19 1 7 58 33
2 Brighton 26 17 6 3 57 24
3 Huddersfield 27 15 4 8 49 2
4 Leeds Utd 27 15 3 9 48 10
5 Reading 26 14 4 8 46 2
6 Sheff Wed 27 13 6 8 45 5
7 Derby County 27 12 7 8 43 6
8 Barnsley 27 12 5 10 41 5
9 Fulham 26 10 10 6 40 13
10 Norwich 27 12 4 11 40 5
11 Preston 27 11 7 9 40 3
12 Birmingham 27 9 10 8 37 -5
13 Aston Villa 27 8 12 7 36 1
14 Ipswich 27 9 7 11 34 -5
15 Brentford 27 9 6 12 33 -1
16 Cardiff 26 9 6 11 33 -9
17 Q.P.R. 27 9 6 12 33 -11
18 Wolves 27 8 8 11 32 -3
19 Forest 27 8 6 13 30 -7
20 Bristol City 27 8 3 16 27 -4
21 Wigan 27 6 7 14 25 -8
22 Burton 27 6 7 14 25 -11
23 Blackburn 27 6 7 14 25 -12
24 Rotherham 27 4 4 19 16 -33
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Burton Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 1 2017 7:45PM : Newcastle United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 18 2017 3:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 21 2017 7:45PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Uncredibale Hulk65
2.QPR4Me9
3.ImSitiv1
4.Boxer1
Write for Vital Football