b12_simon Posted December 22, 2007 Share Posted December 22, 2007 On Boxing Day the night after Boxing Day, Rovers make the short trip to Manchester City. If there was an award for most improved team in the Premier League some Manchester bookies would have paid out on City already. Since being bought by Scottish indie has-beens the Trashcan Sinatras the club has undergone a huge transformation. They've splashed out tons of money on new players and brought in manager Sven Goran Erikson who doesn't seem half bad. New Owners - Trashcan Sinatras Gone are that sorry lot we brushed aside 3 times last season: one of the worst teams to visit Ewood Park including all 3 relegated sides. Instead Man City are genuine contenders for a top 4 finish. When they visited Ewood Park in September we played some of the best football I've seen since the days of Shearer and Sutton, passing the ball around beautifully and denying City more than a couple of shots on goal. City have been much stronger at home though and we'll have to play at least as well to have a chance of getting much from this game. Celebrity fan Eddie Large Here are some questions I posed to Man City supporter Teacher Jon: What has changed under Sven? Everything. the sky is bluer, we are more ambitious, the prospects are so much brighter. the team sound more confident, we've got rid of that whining sh*t barton, the team are playing better football than i ever thought possible this time last season. We've a bet on about who will finish higher: City or Rovers. Still confident? think we could surprise a lot of people this season. especially those who had us in the relegation battle (tony cascarino) think we'll finish above you if january signings are good and key players stay fit. What were your thoughts on Rovers before the season started? how long will you keep mark hughes? there must be some much bigger teams eyeing him up for the future. Who have been your key players so far? Elano. watching him has been magic this season. not seen anyone so good since Kinky left. just wish he didn't have to travel so far for international matches. Hamann has been great in the centre, johnson is one to watch, and micah has been impressive in patches. just hope it doesn't all go to his head. Biggest disappointment? Hoping to see more from bianchi. he has looked great at times Rovers player you fear most? McCarthy. pederson. City player we should fear the most? Depends on elano's fitness. Petrov? Your prediction? 2-1 city. Given how Rovers have got into the festive spirit by playing like puddings I have to agree with Jon: 2-1 to City. We'll have a fighting chance if Pedersen plays like he did late in the Arsenal game, if Dunn can repeat the fantstic job he did ruining Elano's day in September and the back four show any sign of knowing what they're doing. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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