Premier League: Manchester City vs. Portsmouth
Big spending Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their semi-final defeat in the Carling Cup as they host bottom placed Portsmouth this afternoon.
The Citizens missed out on a place at Wembley in midweek when they were trounced 3-1 by Manchester United with goals by Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney.
It doesn’t take a genius to say that Roberto Mancini’s side should comfortably win this match. After all, Pompey haven’t won at City for more than five decades and the Citizens haven’t lost at home since Fulham turned them over last April.
They have picked up 24 points from a possible 30 in the Premier League this season without suffering a defeat in front of their own fans.
Mancini’s immediate impact at Eastlands has earned admiration from senior figures close to City’s owner, who believe the Italian justified their decision to fire Mark Hughes last month.
The match kicks-off at 13:30 UK (8:30 a.m. ET).
Meanwhile the Citizens will be without Brazilian star Robinho, who has rejoined Santos on a six-month loan deal. The 26-year-old striker from São Vicente hopes to find his rhythm and get back into form after struggling in England. He is also looking forward in earning a starting position on the Brazilian national team.
UPDATE: Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor scored for the first time since his return from the African Nations Cup as Manchester City defeated Portsmouth 2-0. The win lifted the Citizens to sixth above Aston Villa.