New Year’s Fixtures
January could be a pivotal month in the title race. Add to that the world’s most prestigious cup competition, and we’ve got another month of quality football.
New Year’s Day: City start 2015 at home against Sunderland. City thumped the Black Cats 4-1 in the reverse last month and should kick off with a W. United take a short trip down the M6 to Stoke. It took heroics from Young and Gea to see United bag the 2-1 victory last month despite controlling the game.
Sunday 4th: The magic of the Cup could present Yeovil with a chance to celebrate a historic victory over United in front of their fans, and Sheffield Wednesday a shot at stealing a win at City. Both are unlikely but it could represent a chance for youngsters and benchwarmers alike to see some action.
Saturday 10th: Aguero should be back and Touré should have time for one last game before he jets off to the African Nations Cup. But even with their key players this will be no walkover. City required a controversial penalty decision to overturn a stubborn Everton 1-0 in December.
Sunday 11th: United‘s 2-1 win over Southampton last month may have been unconvincing but it was a turning point for the Red Devils. The Saints could be boosted by a returning Jay Rodriguez but will find it tough at OT.
Saturday 17th: United travel to Loftus Road to face struggling QPR. United’s 4-0 demolition of the R’s gave just enough hope to Reds’ fans navigating a tricky start to the season. Anything less than a United win would be unacceptable.
Sunday 18th: You always back City against Arsenal, especially at home, but Arsenal are still a class outfit. Hopefully this one’s as exciting as the 2-2 in September.
Saturday 24th: Fourth Round of the FA Cup providing both teams progress.
Saturday 31st: City travel to Chelsea in a fixture that will have a great bearing on where the trophy ends up in May. If Ivory Coast progress in the ACN, will a Touré-less midfield be able to cope with Matic and Fabregas? United are not the team that lost 5-3 to Leicester earlier on in the season and will be watching Chelsea vs. City hoping for a repeat of the 1-1 at the start of the season.
TNT News Lloyd Wall