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April 25, 2011

Bootroom: Manchester City v. Blackburn

Mario has a five point plan for success.

Well, well, well, another Monday afternoon (evening if you’re in Europe) Premier League match.  It’s not the sexiest matchup with Manchester City visiting Ewood Park but it does not mean there is no import to the fixture.  Manchester City is still trying to hold on to that final Champions League spot. 

City is one point ahead of Spurs after the London side coughed up two points to Woy and West Bwom on Saturday.  However, the Argentine talisman Carlos Tevez is still out with a hamstring injury leaving the Italian enigma Mario Balotelli or the Bosnia bust Edin Dzeko to lead the attack for light blue side of Manchester. 

Blackburn on the other hand is only one point clear of the relegation zone. So, a victory would go a long way to securing its spot for next season.  Thankfully Blackburn will be without its Paraguayan poseur Roque Santa Cruz who is on loan from Citeh and ineligible to suit up.  Not that it would make much difference since he hasn’t put in a good performance in probably two years. 

Two sides in desperate need of a victory on a Monday?  Sounds like a 2-2 draw to me.



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78 Comments


  1. Ryan

    Congratulations to Benjani for his inevitable brace.


  2. Dennis

    Come on Blackburn!


  3. Gotta root for Blackburn here, although Citeh winning would cause Gooners pain.
    Oh, and speaking of winning… it’s that time again: http://polldaddy.com/poll/4968648/


  4. Come on blackburn!
    -
    Is this match as one-sided as gamecast seems to indicate?


  5. Dennis

    @TFA Yes.


  6. @Dennis: maybe a park the bus strategy can hold on for a 0-0 draw for Blackburn.


  7. Dennis

    @TFA The bus hasn’t been parked though. There’s plenty of room to pass in the final third, Blackburn just looks sloppy. City defense looks pretty good today though. Better than last week anyways.


  8. @Dennis: well, let’s just pray for a profligate City offense that can’t score.


  9. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Come on Blackburn


  10. Dennis

    @TFA Fingers crossed. Winning out should see us in Europa League correct? Assuming Chelsea beat them this week.


  11. Dennis

    @TFA Them being Spuds


  12. Lennon's Eyebrow

    @TSE: If you fail to rig this vote, I will be extremely disappointed in you.


  13. @LE: Keeping it on the straight and narrow this year. I work for an Ivy League institution now. I’ll just rant against them on the Twitterz


  14. Lennon's Eyebrow

    So close from Samba..


  15. MP

    @TSE: How many times should I delete cookies and vote again? One thousand? One billion?


  16. MP

    @TSE: Booooooooo


  17. Lennon's Eyebrow

    So I just turned the game on, and soccernet has Yaya listed as playing forward, is that really what’s happening?


  18. @TSE: clearly you didn’t learn the lesson at orientation for ivy leagues…it’s incredibly similar to nascar…if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.


  19. @MP: I have no control over what you lot do. I just said I’M not cheating this year.


  20. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Samba is kind of a monster.


  21. Dennis

    @LE ESPN’s lineup prior to the kickoff had him listed as the CM in a 4-2-3-1.


  22. @TSE: There was no cheating last year!


  23. @TFA: True. Lawyered. No cheating. Not our fault he was too stupid to make it one vote per person.


  24. @LE; Is Samba Monster related to Cookie Monster? Or is he the kind of monster that need to see your fucking hand at the concert?
    /Kanye’d


  25. @TSE: this airing of dirty laundry in public is all very unbecoming.
    /LFC’d


  26. @TFA: OK. Sorry about that. Omerta and all.
    vote for us, people. or not. Whatever.


  27. @TSE: take it to the grave buddy. i know where the bodies you buried are located.


  28. Oh, man, I was confused for a second. I clicked onto ESPN3 expecting to BlackPOOL, not BlackBURN.


  29. @Andrew: that sounds almost racist.


  30. Lennon's Eyebrow

    @TSE: He’s the Nicki Minaj kind of monster, because fuck Kanye.


  31. Ryan

    Poor, poor Macca.


  32. Lennon's Eyebrow

    That was very interesting. Almost all the City fans said they’d take the FA Cup over a Champions League place.


  33. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Why does ESPN think Mumford & Sons is an appropriate soundtrack for the EPL?


  34. Ryan

    Yeah, I think I’d probably go that way too if forced to choose one.


  35. Lennon's Eyebrow

    @Ryan: Would you feel the same way if you’d won a trophy in the past decade?


  36. Ryan

    No, probably not.


  37. Ryan

    City starting the 2nd half like they started the first.


  38. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Well, if it’s one or the other, I would prefer you guys win the FA Cup too.


  39. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Jesus Blackburn, put that shit away.


  40. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Balotelli, never change.


  41. Dennis

    Balotelli is an angry, angry young man.


  42. Lennon's Eyebrow

    De Jong’d!


  43. Lennon's Eyebrow

    That Rochina kid’s got some quick feet.


  44. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Givet, you’re killing me.


  45. WhoNeedsForwards

    Yeah, Dzeko time! Time for a giant waste of cash to enter the fray.


  46. Ryan

    DZEKO!!!!


  47. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Fuck that waste of cash.


  48. WhoNeedsForwards

    You, scoring kind of ruins my attempts to call you worthless, Edin…


  49. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Worst. Clearance. Ever.


  50. Dennis

    Well fourth seems to be out of the question. Fifth would be nice.


  51. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Come on Blackburn, get a fucking goal.


  52. dammit Dzeko…why’d you have to go and do that?


  53. Fuck. Well, at least this hurts the Gooners.


  54. Dennis

    God, Balotelli is such a prat.


  55. Lennon's Eyebrow

    I love how Macca seems to think ‘trying to get out of the way’ is enough for someone to not be considered offsides.


  56. Ryan

    The linesman must be in on the anti-Spurs conspiracy too.


  57. Lennon's Eyebrow

    So’s Phil Jones, obvi.


  58. Ryan

    I think Balotelli just shook the hand of someone in the crowd.


  59. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Olsson has put in more terrible crosses this half than I’ve ever seen from anyone ever. Wayne Bridge included.


  60. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Further proof Phil Jones is part of the anti-Spurs conspiracy.


  61. Ryan

    I’d give our strikers a solid 9/10 for face-holding today.


  62. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Dzeko’s a bit of a drama queen.


  63. Orr

    There should be at least one camera constantly on Balotelli


  64. Dennis

    @Orr The man needs a reality show. Perhaps he can get involved with Jersey Shore when they go to Italy.


  65. Ryan

    Free kicks for everyone!


  66. Orr

    Smart save from Hart there


  67. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Robbo should be an outfield player if he’s got moves like that in his locker.


  68. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Well fuck you Blackburn, you’re terrible. But mostly fuck you Spurs, for not winning your own fucking games.


  69. Orr

    @Dennis – That’s really not a bad idea. Which one would we want him to throw darts at though?


  70. Dennis

    Well now I just hope LFC catch Spuds, and Citeh catch Arsenal.


  71. Ryan

    A really nice cushion to have, because there’s no way City gets 3 points at Everton or home to Spurs.


  72. Dennis

    @Orr The Situation. Asshole doesn’t like eye contact, how’s he like no eyes.


  73. Orr

    @Dennis – I can get behind that, though I’m partial to Snooki, if only because the speaking fee she apparently gets is more than my teaching salary…


  74. Dennis

    @Orr Ashley Cole can be a guest star and shoot her.


  75. By the way, we’re losing in the EPL Talk thingy. UF team assemble!


  76. Ryan

    I love how “Wenger may strengthen squad in summer” is now a headline on the Guardian Football page.



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