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Stockport County impressive, whilst Oldham Athletic still have work to do

Oldham Athletic and Stockport County are two teams that The Football Manc Cave report on regularly so to hear they would be facing one another in a pre-season friendly was something we couldn’t miss.

This should have seen Bolton Wanderers face the Latics. However, this didn’t go ahead at the request of Oldham who was worried that the Trotters would have cancelled on them last minute, as they have with their other pre-season games.

Stockport have had a promising pre-season campaign and have seen a lot of goals, Oldham, on the other hand, can’t say the same. Fans have become increasingly frustrated and fed up with their performances this summer and have insisted that they sign new defenders.

Seeing the two teams meet was interesting…

First Half

Oldham started out with three trialists in the starting eleven, and two on the bench which should have given fans a little bit of hope that their side was answering their prayers for new players.

However, it only took 4 minutes for Oldham to disappoint. After a Stockport corner saw Ash Palmer power a header straight past Gary Woods and into the back of the net.

Stockport carried on piling the pressure as Oldham didn’t get too many chances for the rest of the half. It was just before half time when Woods was forced to save the initial efforts from Connor Dimaio, only to be disappointed again as Sam Walker found the rebound and rolled the ball into the back of the net.

With Oldham trailing 2-0 at the half time whistle, Laurent Banide’s side had a lot of work to do if they were going to please their fans.

Second Half

The second part of the game saw Oldham come out a little more positive giving fans something to shout about. It looked like they were going to produce some good football initially only getting a shot on goal seemed troubling.

Stockport fans seemed happy with the performance of their side and so they should be. They’ve had a great pre-season campaign and fans have been impressed, even though there’s been a lack of signings over the summer.

It took 88 minutes for Oldham to find a shot on target that actually gave their fans some excitement. Other than that, the second half didn’t have too much to show for either side. Only that the Hatters have a collective squad who looked professional, well-gelled together and ready for their season -compared to Oldham who isn’t giving fans much hope.

Man City’s starting 11 tomorrow against West Ham Utd should look like this

Manchester City will face West Ham in the Semi-Final of the Premier League Asia Trophy tomorrow at 13.30pm. How could their starting eleven look?

West Ham opened their pre-season matches with a 3-2 win against Rheindorf Altach, however, this clash will be Man City’s first fixture since the FA Cup final almost two months ago. The winner of this competition will face Newcastle United or Wolverhampton Wanderers.

West Ham United is also Pep Guardiola’s first game of the Premier League season, although the starting line up may be very different. Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi are both missing for Man City this week following their exertions for Argentina at the Copa America. Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho And Ederson are all missing for the same reason. Riyad Mahrez has been in action for Algeria at the African Cup of Nations. Benjamin Mandy misses out to injury and Phil Foden is also not with the current squad as he is representing England’s under 21’s.

So with the players that this list leaves and the fact that Rodri has flown with the team to hopefully play, here’s the Football Manc Cave’s prediction for Man City’s starting 11.

Man City line up

Bravo will be looking to make an appearance after Ederson’s absence has been made apparent. Stones will be looking to impress as he fills in the hole that Vincent Kompany has left. Rodri may start as everyone is excited to see him in action, not just the fans but the team and management. This will give everyone a taste of what he’s capable of. With Aguero’s absence, Sterling will be raring to go.

It’s a hard pick for a team with so many players missing. This, however, does give a lot of players the chance to prove to Guardiola that they deserve a chance. Not only players that have been benched last season and not been the first pick, but also the new signings. Rodri should get his first start and it will give everyone a glimpse of how he fits in that middle line up.

How Man City’s starting 11 could look against West Ham Utd

Pep Guardiola has been on a mini spending spree this summer with Man City bringing in a couple of new faces.

The back to back Premier League Champions have added a sprinkle of freshness in this summer transfer window. Which will be much needed as they aim to go for three titles in a row.

It all kicks off on August 10th against West Ham United. The Football Manc Cave takes a stab at the starting line up come 12:30…


Ederson is the obvious choice of ‘keeper but then it gets tricky. With Vincent Kompany’s departure at the end of last season, Man City have been on the lookout for a replacement so choosing the back four was a little difficult. However, I’ve gone with Kyle Walker, John Stones, Laporte and new signing, Angelino. Who has only just signed to the Manchester side again after spending some of his youth at the club.


Guardiola has a list of players to choose from when it comes to his midfield. Following his recent record-breaking signing, Rodri, it didn’t make the choices any easier. So Bernando Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva all should be able to help Rodri fit right into that midfield line up.


I have then gone with Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling because, why wouldn’t you? That was probably the easiest part of the pick.

David Silva has stated how this may be his last season with the Manchester side so he has to be a big part of this squad. Not only will fans want to see him have an amazing climax with the club, but I’m also sure people are hoping that Rodri could learn a lot from him enough to fill his shoes.

I’ve generated this team with real-time signings. However, this transfer window has been no stranger to twists and turns as Pep’s team have been looking at players such as Joao Cancelo and Harry Maguire too. If any more signings do happen for the Manchester City, I’m sure this starting eleven will shift again although, for the time being, there are players like Delph and Zinchenko who can be back up plans.