I don’t think I have had such a negative title for a match preview before but it is inevitable for this period, well up until Sunderland.
No matter how you look at it , can anyone see anything other than a easy City win. Yes Everton won there last week but they have something’s we do not have, a physical presence, a great team spirit and a guy in Cahill who can score. City’s home form is not that great but our away form, oh dear, it is appalling, never has it been so bad since GT Mark 2 day’s and that was depressing back then.
With the Xmas games you expect a few changes but can not see any changes in the main problem area- back 4. However I fully expect to see NRC and Petrov both start and with Heskey out, Young had better be ‘fit’ but no news on him at all, so may team would be
Albrighton (who really should be rested for this games)
Young (if not fit, I do not see Carew starting so the Fonz)
Clearly after the game and especially when the awful and elderly Pires came on there were audible boos and discontents, if as the vast majority of us expect we lose the next two then the pressure will be intense on Houllier and I believe he is showing signs of strain. This game therefore in many ways is a ‘free’ one it is a game we know everyone expects only one result, maybe that will release the pressure.
I doubt it, dark times.