Man City (H) 4:30pm Sunday 7th August (Sky Sports)

It's Monday, just six days until our opening match of the new season, we lost our last game against Brighton so someone has to bite the bullet and take one for the team
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  • edited August 1
    Just read an article on Manchester Evening News website,

    I didn't see the Charity Shield, it appears that Haaland was making runs but because Liverpool were playing a high line the through balls were being played too late

    Antonio gave Laporte and Fernandinho a torrid time so likely the more physical Dias and Ake will be preferred. Neither is as good passing so they could be pressured into making mistakes which Antonio, Bowen and Rice would "hoover up".

    https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-city-west-ham-guardiola-24634549

    Nice to be given respect by the opposition's local press
  • I sincerely hope that we can avoid ending the day at the foot of the table. Maybe another team can lose by more than four goals.
    However, if we manage to stay only two goals down, it will cheer me up immensely. COYI!
  • 2-1 home win.
  • I know it's not usually Moyes' way, but I have a feeling he might throw Scamacca in from the start. Bit of an unknown for both us and City, so could work in our benefit.
  • I fancy 433 with Antonio on the left of a front three with Scamacca and Bowen. A midfield of Rice Soucek and Fornals.
  • Fancy us to get battling draw
  • I fancy 433 with Antonio on the left of a front three with Scamacca and Bowen. A midfield of Rice Soucek and Fornals.

    It would be very un-Moyesy for him to start Scamacca when he's not even had a run out in pre-season

    Possibly Downes in a 4-3-3 with Rice and Soucek but even that's unlikely

    Fairly predictable

    Areola
    Coufal Dawson Zouma Cresswell
    Soucek Rice
    Bowen ?????? ??????
    Antonio

    Personally I'd like to see Vlasic given a chance in the "hole" with Benrahma or Fornals on the left
  • I agree ASLEF, I don't think Moyes will do that but I just like the idea of a Antonio, Scamacca, Bowen front three, that could scare a fair few defences.
  • It may be out of his hands if Antonio is carrying an injury.
  • I fancy 433 with Antonio on the left of a front three with Scamacca and Bowen. A midfield of Rice Soucek and Fornals.

    We've waited 18 months to have 2 CFs, so that one could be rested or brought on fresh as a sub, and now you're advocating starting them both?
  • edited August 1
    Battling 1-1

    Fabianski
    Coufal - Dawson - Zouma - Cresswell - Johnson
    Bowen - Soucek - Rice - Fornals
    Antonio

    Areola, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Downes, Lanzini, Vlasic, Benrahma, Scamacca

    (is what I think Moyes will go with)
  • Ref appointed : Michael Oliver
    & a popular appointment on VAR : Mike Dean.....
  • Mike Dean has a new goal - to top the table of VAR-given penalties 😳
  • Areola
    Dawson Zouma Ogbonna
    Coufal Soucek Rice Lanzini Cresswell
    Bowen Antonio

    (is not what I think Moyes will go with0
  • Moyes used to play three at the back against City but last season he went four at the back for both PL games and the 4th round League Cup tie
  • I reckon we’ll line up:

    Fabianski; Coufal Dawson Zouma Cresswell; Soucek Rice; Bowen Lanzini Fornals; Antonio

    That leaves us the likes of Benrahma, Vlasic and Scamacca to come off the bench and create something, and the likes of Johnson, Diop and Downes if we want to sure things up at all.
  • Will Diop be on the bench do you think? Hasn't featured in the last two pre-season games, even with a CB crisis.

    I'd be surprised if he's in the match day squad.
  • edited August 2
    I agree with alderz. That’s how we should go. If he decides to go with a back 3 it will be Johnson at LWB.

    A shame Aguerd picked up his injury as would have loved to have seen that side with him &
    Zouma. I assume Ogbonna will be in no position to start v City.

    Personally, I’d be phasing in Areola now but except Fab has not done much wrong & will likely start the season.
  • edited August 4
    Claret & Hugh says Scamacca is not expected to be involved against Manchester City this weekend, due to fitness.
  • Can't see how he won't be fit enough for the bench. He'll have had a week's training by then; surely enough for a 20 minute run out at the end.
  • Wouldn’t he have been training in Italy in case the move fell through
  • Wouldn’t he have been training in Italy in case the move fell through

    Yes, but I don’t think he played any preseason games. Also, I think the Italian league starts later than ours usually so they have a later start to preseason.

    What I don’t understand though, is that he will clearly need games to get his match sharpness up. So surely we need to give him some minutes…?
  • Its a cunning ploy by Moyes who will unleash him from the bench with 2 mins to go
  • Hoooooooof
  • Just checked, Scamacca didn't play in any pre-season games

    Maybe his pre-season will be the ECL playoffs v Viborg FF


  • Wouldn’t he have been training in Italy in case the move fell through

    Theres fitness then there's Moyes fitness.
  • Wouldn’t he have been training in Italy in case the move fell through

    No potato fields in Italy as they mostly eat pasta =)
  • So if we have no Aguerd and no Scamacca our bench could look very light come Sunday.
  • Wouldn’t he have been training in Italy in case the move fell through

    No potato fields in Italy as they mostly eat pasta =)
    I heard that Scammacca spent the summer dragging tyres across his family’s spaghetti farm
  • You couldn't wait to penne that could you?
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