After another boring international break proper football is back.
Chasing their first home win of the season Blackpool entertain moneybags Manchester City.
City possess some of the world’s best players and have started the season strongly, but Blackpool will be confident of getting something from the game after turning over Liverpool prior to the break.
City aren’t the best on their road and their defensive set up will invite the Seasiders to do what they do best – attack.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see if the Seasiders can break down a tight City defence and stave off the threat of the Citizens counter attacking without Ian Holloway on the touchline (Ollie will be in the stands as he serves a one match touchline ban for his verbal assault against Mike Dean in the home game v Blackburn).
The Seasiders haven’t quite clicked at home yet; will it be third time lucky on Sunday?
Vital Quotes: Ian Holloway
‘This is the match between the biggest opposites in the division – massive-spending City and us. You won’t get two more opposite ends of the spectrum.
‘People can turn defence into attack in ten seconds, so you look like you are in a good situation, then bang, you are one down. City are one of a number of teams that can hit you like that.’
Blackpool Team News:
It is believed that Ollie has no new injury concerns following the international break.
Player to watch: Charlie Adam
Lauded for his performances against Liverpool and Spain, can Adam raise the bar once more in what promises to be a congested midfield on Sunday?
Man City Team News:
Roberto Mancini is without long term absentees Alexander Kolarov and Mario Balotelli, but otherwise has a full squad to pick from.
Player to watch: Carlos Tevez
Man City’s captain marvel. Had a bust-up with Mancini before the international break; will the two have patched things up?
Match Facts & Stats
Whilst Man City have the second best defence in the league having conceding just three goals, the Seasiders have the worst have conceded fifteen. However, it is worth remembering that ten of those came v Arsenal and Chelsea.
Carlos Tevez has scored 26 goals in his last 30 Premier League games and has scored 5/9 of City’s league goals this season.
Interestingly, City have two points less than they did at this stage last season under Mark Hughes.
Away @ Birmingham next Saturday (3pm).