Manchester City v Huddersfield Town: Premier League – live! | Football
August 19, 2018
30 min Bernardo Silva’s cross is flapped away by the stretching Hamer. Aguero picks up the loose ball, speeds past a defender and smacks the ball into the side netting at the near post.
26 min Gabriel Jesus shoots straight at Hamer from the edge of the area.
The goal was Route One, Pep style. It came straight from a brilliant Ederson goalkick, with Aguero – who was lurking in an offside position – making an excellent run from left to right. He collected the ball just outside the Huddersfield area, with Schindler behind him and the keeper Hamer in no man’s land. Aguero moved the ball onto his left, away from Schindler, and lifted it gently into the net.
GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Huddersfield (Aguero 25)
Sergio Aguero gives City the lead!
24 min A nice break from Huddersfield. Mounie pulls out to the left, moves into the area and plays the ball back to Stankovic, who curls high and wide from 20 yards.
22 min Bernardo Silva is unhappy with a zesty sliding challenge from Kongolo. He won the ball and then sent Silva up in the air with his trailing leg. Andre Marriner didn’t think it was a free-kick.
19 min For much of this game Huddersfield have had all 10 outfield players in their third, never mind their half. But so far it has worked, despite the best efforts of the remarkable David Silva. He clips another perceptive pass over the top for Aguero, who can’t quite get around the ball and heads it into the side netting.
18 min David Silva pulls the ball back to Gundogan, whose fierce rising shot hits Billing. City thought there might have been a handball but nothing was given.
16 min Stones’ lofted cross is headed towards goal by Gabriel Jesus and comfortably held by Hamer. There was no pace on the ball in. Huddersfield have done pretty well defensively since that torrid start.
14 min David Silva plays another beautiful pass to Mendy, who mishits a first-time cross into the side netting. I can’t tell you how well Silva is playing. I remember an Andres Iniesta performance at Euro 2016, against the Czech Republic, which is as close to perfection as I can recall. That lasted 90 minutes; Silva has been as good at the start of this game.
12 min It feels like a matter of time before City score. Mind you, Ben Hamer hasn’t had a save to make in the last eight minutes.
9 min Mendy’s excellent cross is headed behind by Lowe. The corner is played short to David Silva, who wins another corner after more delicious trickery in the area.
7 min “Is this the Premier League equivalent of, say Rayo Vallecano, going to the Camp Nou (a few years back)?” says Niall Mullen. “In that the only reason to tune in is to see just how many (and how good) goals the home side can score.”
No. It’s the most unpredictable league in the world, mate!
6 min Both teams are playing with a back four: City’s 4-1-3-2 against Huddersfield’s 4-5-1.
5 min David Silva, who has started spectacularly, teases a cross into the area that a Huddersfield defender, under pressure from Jesus, thighs into the hands of Hamer.
4 min Hamer needs treatment, having injured himself making that save. I think Jesus’s shot hit him straight in the personal space.
3 min A City corner pinballs around the Huddersfield area before Mounie shanks an attempted clearance onto his own bar! Moments later, Hamer makes an excellent one-on-one save from Jesus. City could be 3-0 up already!
2 min An early chance for City. The Silvas combine nicely down the right before David finds Aguero, whose shot slams into the chest of Stankovic.
1 min Peep peep! Huddersfield get the game under way. It looks like City are playing in a 4-1-3-2 formation, with John Stones at right back.
The players emerge from the tunnel to the familiar sound of Right Here, Right Now by
Fatboy Slim. Let’s watch some football.
Tactics watch Apparently Huddersfield will only decide on their formation when they see City’s tactics. John Beck never had this problem.
With Kyle Walker on the bench, it’s not clear which formation City will play. They could play John Stones at right-back in a 4-1-3-2, or Bernardo Silva at right wing-back in a 3-1-4-2. Or they could just play a 0-8-2.
One thing’s for sure: the knees of amateur tactics sleuths are trembling like never before as they try to work out how the Spatial One will set up his team.
Manchester City (possible 3-1-4-2) Ederson; Stones, Kompany, Laporte; Fernandinho; B Silva, Gundogan, D Silva, Mendy; Aguero, Jesus.
Substitutes: Bravo, Walker, Otamendi, Mahrez, Foden, Sterling, Sane.
Huddersfield Town (possible 5-4-1) Hamer; Smith, Stankovic, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe; Hadergjonaj, Pritchard, Billing, Sabiri; Mounie.
Substitutes: Lossl, Sobhi, van La Parra, Mbenza, Williams, Diakhaby, Depoitre.
Referee Andre Marriner.
Morning! The Premier League title race was fun while it lasted. While you can’t officially win anything in August, the way Manchester City beat Arsenal last weekend suggested that retaining the title, traditionally so tough, could be a doddle.
It’s true that there have been deceptively fast starts in the past. The reigning champions Chelsea started the 2010-11 season with five straight wins and 21 goals before going completely off the rails, and something similar happened to Pep Guardiola in his first season at Maine Road. But this fashion-conscious bald man is relentless once he takes control of a domestic league, and City may well give the other 19 Premier League teams a nine-month course in Futility Studies.
Even the absence of Kevin De Bruyne feels like an irritation rather than a serious problem, and it’s hard to see anything other than a City win at home to Huddersfield this afternoon. Huddersfield gave City more problems than most last season – they lost to a late goal at home and drew 0-0 at City – but that might not count for much today.
Kick off is at 1.30pm.