Time for Manchester City To Stand Up and Be Counted Against Blackpool

True BlueCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City is fouled by Mike Williamson of Newcastle United for a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at City of Manchester Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Manchester City had a quiet afternoon as they are due to play on Sunday against Blackpool.

But the lack of action on the pitch was well rewarded as both Chelsea and Man' United failed to win.

(As the table stands if City beat Blackpool they will be two points behind Chelsea in second place and a good three points ahead of Man' United, Arsenal and Spurs).

But can they beat Blackpool?

The answer from me is a very hearty yes!

Blackpool have been wonderful so far this season. They have surpassed even their own managers expectations and ironically it was only when he backed down from his own attacking principles (against Arsenal) that they really suffered.

Ian Holloway has said he will not back down from his attacking principles again and City may well reap the benefits.

If Holloway does go all out for the win then his team will the hit the brick wall that makes up Manchester City's excellent defence.

And in doing that Blackpool will be at the mercy of an in-form striker in Carlos Tevez and the midfield with so much potential that it may well be the best in England.

Tomorrow is perhaps the day for David Silva to shine as the Blackpool players are not exactly known for being strong in the tackle and there should be room enough to play football aplenty.

It is a tantalising prospect for City fans who have yet to see the full potential of Mancini's side in an attacking sense.

For Blackpool fans they are no doubt worried about the strength and defence aspect of De Jong, Yaya Toure and Barry.

But it is also the flair of Silva, Johnson as well as Barry and Yaya Toure, allied to the graft of De Jong and Milner as a hugely formidable and flexible midfield that they should be concerned about.

Tevez can singlehandedly keep the Blackpool defence (or any defence) on the back foot, but I would expect Silva and Johnson to be able accomplices in plundering a few goals.

I don't want to dismiss the attacking potential that Blackpool have but I fear for them when it comes to bettering Kolo Toure and the impeccable Vincent Kompany. 

Lets not forget also that just in front of Kompany and Toure stands De Jong who has been immense this season and Yaya Toure who is perhaps only one or two games away from hitting the very best of his Barcelona form.

And of course even if the do best that formidable back line they will face England's number one keeper Joe Hart.

All things considered I cannot see anything but a 3-0 or perhaps 4-0 City win.

If that happens perhaps the media will realise that Chelsea are not "running away with the title" after all.