Blues already in pole position?
- Tue 19 Jun 2012, 8:18AM
- Posted by David Clayton
The release of the 2012/13 fixtures has resulted in a number of features in the Press this morning.
The Daily Mirror’s panel of six experts have studied the lists and come up with their verdict on who will win what this coming campaign.
Oliver Holt, Martin Lipton, Robbie Savage, Mark Lawrenson and John Cross all tip City to retain their title and Savage believes the Blues will also win the Carling Cup. Only Darren Lewis reckons someone else will lift the Premier League trophy – Chelsea.
Interestingly, all six go for Real Madrid to win the Champions League.
Bill Edgar in The Times also previews the Blues’ agenda. He writes: “Manchester City have been given what should be a gentle introduction to life as champions with their Barclays Premier League campaign beginning at home to Southampton on August 18.
“Last season, City started with a 4-0 home victory over Swansea City and their record of 18 wins and one draw in 19 league games at the Etihad Stadium suggests that they will not be troubled by another newly promoted team.”
Meanwhile, The Sun’s Martin Blackburn takes a different angle, looking at the fixtures City and United have after their Champions League group matches – and it looks like good news for the Blues, at least on paper.
He writes: “Manchester City have drawn first blood in next season’s Premier League title race – two months before a ball is kicked.
“The fixtures computer has handed City a home match after five of the six Champions League group games before Christmas. Rivals Manchester United will be away the corresponding weekends – meaning Roberto Mancini’s men should have fewer worries about travelling and tiredness.”
As The Big Lebowski once said, “Yeah, well… that’s just like your opinion, man.”
Fortunately it’s one we all hope is spot on…