Man City team news & likely line-up

first_imgAfter sweeping past Oxford United 3-0 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, it is back to Premier League business for Manchester City at the weekend.Having dropped only two points this season, they could expect to be at the summit of the standings but find themselves playing catch up to Liverpool.With the Reds facing Chelsea later in the day, though, Pep Guardiola’s men can regain their habitual place in first at least temporarily by beating Brighton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! MAN CITY INJURIES Benjamin Mendy remains doubtful for Manchester City’s clash with Brighton on Saturday.The left-back is suffering from a bruised metatarsal, and while City claim the injury is not serious there has been no specific timeframe put on his recovery.Mendy is a doubt for the game, although there is a hint of mystery surrounding the situation given Pep Guardiola had initially claimed it was his knee that was injured.Kevin De Bruyne will definitely miss out, however, and is not expected to be back until after the international break at the end of October.Claudio Bravo will be out until next year with an Achilles injury.Pep Guardiola Benjamin MendyMAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither side have any suspensions.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Mendy’s injury has seen City go back to a 4-3-3 formation in recent weeks, and that could well be the case again on Saturday if the Frenchman is out.Fabian Delph is most likely to step in if Mendy does not make it – the England international was rested for the midweek Carabao Cup win at Oxford.Aymeric Laporte has been an ever-present in the Premier League this season and that run is likely to continue. His partner has often changed but John Stones could get the nod here given City could need his ability to play out from the back against defensive opposition.Fernandinho could be rested ahead of a big Champions League game on Tuesday, though Guardiola has been reluctant to use Ilkay Gundogan at the back of midfield unless the Brazilian has been injured or suspended. Stones played the role in midweek though it remains to be seen whether he would be trusted to have another go in the league.Bernardo Silva has looked at his best in the middle of midfield this season, and while 18-year-old Phil Foden did plenty to further his case for first-team action in the Carabao Cup, it would still be a surprise if he starts in the Premier League just yet.If Mendy misses out then Leroy Sane could start on the left of the attack, as he did at Cardiff last weekend.Sergio Aguero has had to get used to battling for the central striking role with Gabriel Jesus in recent months but at the moment the Argentine certainly appears to have the edge when Guardiola only picks one striker.Manchester City XIBRIGHTON TEAM NEWS The biggest concern for Seagulls boss Chris Hughton will be the fitness of Pascal Gross. Gross sustained an ankle injury against Fulham at the start of September and has been out of action since.Jose Izquierdo and Dale Stephens are also doubts.Brighton have won just one game this season and have lost three and drawn two since then.OPTA MATCH FACTS Manchester City won both Premier League clashes with Brighton last term, scoring five goals in the process – they have never won three in a row against the Seagulls in the top four tiers of English football. Brighton have never won an away game against Man City in all competitions, losing six of their eight visits (D2). Manchester City have won 58 of a possible 63 points from their last 21 Premier League home games (W19 D1 L1). Brighton have won just two of their last 15 Premier League games, with both of those coming against Manchester United (D5 L8). Away from home, Brighton are winless in 16 Premier League games (D5 L11), scoring just seven goals in that run. Since the start of last season, there have been 20 instances of a team scoring 5+ goals in a Premier League match – Manchester City have been responsible for eight of those (40%). Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been directly involved in 17 goals in his last 10 Premier League games at the Etihad (14 goals, 3 assists). TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET) but the game will not be shown on TV in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

The Man, the mouth – the colourful career of Anthony Mundine

first_imgAnd just like that, it’s done. One left hook to the face and the eminently colourful 25-year journey of Anthony Mundine, from NRL grand finals and State of Origins, to boxing world titles and bouts in Germany, the United States and across Australasia, is over. Boxing Australia sport … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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Read more Share on WhatsApp Indigenous Australians Share on Pinterest Anthony Mundine wants NRL return – in his 40s and after 17 years out of game Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Facebookcenter_img Topics At 43 years old, and well past his prime, ‘The Man’ has finished. There should be no more jaunts in the ring, no more outlandish claims about a fairytale NRL return, no more crazed headlines or outrages.Knocked down and beaten easily in less than 97 seconds, on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium by Jeff Horn, it was a sad way for such an impressive sporting odyssey to end. Like him or loathe him, Mundine deserves respect for his feats on the footy field and with the gloves on. The Sydneysider was arguably Australia’s first real cross-over star, a multi-skilled athlete who went from the top in one code to the peak in another. It’s something few others have been able to do.But Mundine probably won’t get a lot of respect because of the public way this career has played out. His media profile and outspoken personality has always clashed with the wider Australian public. He played the pantomime villain role perfectly and made millions doing it.In general Australia likes its sports stars humble, quiet, respectful, restrained, wholesome. Think Steve Waugh, Harry Kewell, Ian Thorpe, Cameron Smith and the like. Not brash or arrogant teetotalers.‘Choc’ has always marched to the beat of his own drum. He has always railed against stereotypes and preconceived ideas of how athletes should talk and act. In a way he has been more American in his approach, outlandish and unpredictable, a kind of Aboriginal Floyd Mayweather Jr or Charles Barkley, rather than a Cathy Freeman, Lionel Rose or Mark Ella.This trash-talking African-American style has rubbed many Australians up the wrong way. So have his ill-informed rants about homosexuality and 9/11, which undoubtedly damaged his international boxing prospects.In his 57 fights, which go all the way back to 2000, Mundine boxed only three times in America, Germany and Canada. One of those bouts, an IBF super-middleweight world title fight against Sven Ottke, ended in his first loss. As the old boxing idiom goes – if you want to make it you have to conquer the United States, and Mundine was never able to.That’s not to say he didn’t achieve on the canvas – he did. He claimed WBA, IBO and WBA belts at three different weights and beat opponents like Antwun Echols, Danny Green, Sam Soliman, Daniel Geale, Rigoberto Alvarez and an ancient Shane Mosley. In his pomp he was fast, stylish and possessed fantastic defence. He was elusive, swift and pretty to watch. He entertained.But he was also bested by the likes of Ottke, Manny Siaca, Mikkel Kessler, Garth Wood, Joshua Clottey, Charles Hatley and in rematches by both Geale and Green. Now Horn can be added to the mix. Share via Email Jeff Horn scores devastating knockout as Anthony Mundine bows out Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger features Without an amateur career to fall back on Mundine was often playing catch-up. His incredulous boasts of supreme greatness were never quite fully matched by his talent. And as father time caught up with him, as it does with every pugilist, ‘The Man’ was robbed of his best quality – speed.At Suncorp Stadium he looked an old man, out of his depth, frail and brittle. It only took a handful of punches for Horn, a man 13 years younger, to put him down. Boxing is the cruelest of sports when any weakness, age included, can be so ruthlessly exploited. And so it was on Friday.How will he be remembered? That remains to be seen. In his quest to be Australia’s version of Muhummad Ali, Mundine has burnt many bridges. He would do anything, say anything to sell a fight. But those days are done. His actual persona might be vastly different to his media one, as he does plenty for his community and those in need, but many won’t care. Some wounds take an age to heal.Some contrition was in the air in Brisbane when he admitted after his loss that Horn fully deserved of the win. “I’ve had a great career,” Mundine said. “Jeff proved he was the better man … that’s the next generation. I past it on.”He evened tried to explain his combustible media image with a final mea culpa.“All the shit I talk, you have to build the fight. It’s the entertainment business … I just want to be remembered for someone that’s real, that speaks the truth. “I want to say to the Australia public, I’ve been doing this for 25 years now, you guys played a big role in supporting me and getting behind me. Whether you liked or you didn’t like me, my time’s up.”A future as an Aboriginal activist, or maybe even as politician, beckons. Whichever way the human-headline Anthony Mundine now turns, it unlikely to be dull. Just like his sporting career. Rugby league Reuse this contentlast_img read more