As it happened: Manchester City 4-1 Blackpool
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19:012 years ago

Signing off!

Thanks for joining me here on Vavel for Man City's pre-season friendly against Blackpool!

A comfortable win in the end for Guardiola's men after being level at half-time.

See you next time!

18:542 years ago

Gundogan's second goal


18:492 years ago

Full-time: Manchester City 4-1 Blackpool

The final whistle goes and it's a comfortable win in the end for City.

Their pre-season ends with a 100% record, while Blackpool suffer defeat going into their Championship opener on Saturday.

18:452 years ago

87' Chance for Blackpool

The visitors have a chance to pull one back as Yates finds John-Jules, who is unable to get his effort on target.
18:412 years ago

83' Mahrez goes for spectacular

McAtee's cross finds Mahrez, whose acrobatic attempt is blocked and behind for a corner.
18:382 years ago

More changes from Guardiola


18:372 years ago

City changes


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75' GOAL for Manchester City

Cancelo crosses and finds Gundogan, who takes a touch before finishing past Grimshaw from close range. 


18:262 years ago

Changes for Blackpool


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Double change for City

Guardiola has made a couple of changes.

Bernardo Silva and Phillipe Sandler on for Ben Knight and Nathan Ake.

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62' Chance for City

Edozie does well to find Fernandinho on the edge of the box, but the Brazilian's strike is deflected into the arms of Grimshaw.
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58' GOAL for Manchester City

Gundogan fires home from inside the box after a quickly taken free-kick by Mahrez!


18:152 years ago

Mahrez's goal


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48' GOAL for Manchester City

A good City move ends with Mahrez putting them back ahead.

Brilliant ball across field to find him by Fernandinho, and the Algerian finishes with his weaker foot.

18:042 years ago

Blackpool outfield changes


18:012 years ago

46' We're back underway!

The teams are back out and we're underway for the second half!

Blackpool bring on Grimshaw in goal.

17:572 years ago

Half-time: Manchester City 1-1 Blackpool

The sides go in level at half-time.

Edozie's opener cancelled out by Garbutt's spot-kick.

17:242 years ago

24’ Chance for City

Joao Cancelo plays the ball to Riyad Mahrez and receives it back on the edge of the box, but his first time attempt is well off target.
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21’ GOAL for Blackpool

Luke Garbutt steps up and sends Zack Steffen the wrong way! 
17:192 years ago

20’ Penalty for Blackpool!

The visitors have a penalty after a foul by Ruben Dias on Shayne Lavery.
17:112 years ago

11’ Chance for Blackpool

The Tangerines launch a counter attack and the ball comes to Josh Bowler, but his effort from the edge of the box is well over the bar.
17:092 years ago

Edozie's goal


17:052 years ago

3' GOAL for Manchester City

City are ahead early on!

Ilkay Gundogan saw his effort blocked, before youngster Samuel Edozie found the net from close range.

17:022 years ago

1' We're underway

The match begins at the Manchester City Academy Stadium!
16:562 years ago

Rodri in attendance!

Despite not being in the City squad tonight, Rodri is also in attendance!
16:492 years ago

Daniel Grimshaw on bench against former club

Blackpool keeper Daniel Grimshaw is on their bench tonight.

He joined the club in July on a two-year-deal and will be hoping for some minutes against his former side.

16:382 years ago

Mahrez's goalscoring run to continue?


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Lovely evening for it!


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Aymeric Laporte and Ferran Torres are in attendance!


16:152 years ago

Pep's men have arrived!


16:112 years ago

Tonight's venue


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Blackpool Starting XI

And here is the Blackpool XI for tonight's game!


16:012 years ago

Manchester City Starting XI

Here is the confirmed starting line-up for Manchester City this evening!


15:272 years ago

Watch via Tangerine TV

As well as being shown on CITY+, the game is also available to watch on Blackpool's streaming service, Tangerine TV. 

Details on how to watch below.


15:242 years ago

Provisional Man City squad


15:192 years ago

Welcome back!

Welcome back to our coverage of today's pre-season friendly between Manchester City and Blackpool!

We will have the confirmed line-ups for both teams at 17:00 BST right here on VAVEL.

05:412 years ago

That's all for now!

We will be back ahead of kick-off with more updates.

This will include the confirmed line-ups for both sides and more.

See you then!

05:362 years ago

How to watch Manchester City vs Blackpool?

Unfortunately, the match is being played behind closed doors so watching in person is not an option.

However, CITY+ subscribers can tune in to watch the game there.

Not a subscriber but wanting to follow the action? Right here on Vavel is your best option with live updates throughout!

05:312 years ago

Manchester City vs Blackpool: prediction

Much will depend on the line-up both manager decides to go with in this game, but City should have enough quality to get the win.

They have been impressive in pre-season so far against Championship opposition and I expect that to continue here.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Blackpool.

05:262 years ago

Previous meetings

The previous meetings between the sides came during Blackpool's spell in the Premier League.

City were victorious in both games, with a 3-2 victory at Bloomfield Road in October 2010, and a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on New Year's Day in 2011.

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Key player for Blackpool

The star man for Blackpool is last season's top scorer, Jerry Yates.

He netted 23 goals in all competitions and has recently signed a new three-year deal after interest from several Championship sides.


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Key player for Manchester City

The key player for City going into this game is Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez. 

The 30-year-old had a fine season in 2020/21, scoring nine and assisting six in 27 Premier League appearances.

He has also found the net in both pre-season games so far and assisted Samuel Edozie's goal in the win against Barnsley.


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05:112 years ago

Possible Blackpool line-up

With this being Blackpool's final game before their Championship campaign begins, Neil Critchley could be set to field close to his strongest eleven.

Possible Starting XI: Maxwell; Connolly, Keogh, Husband, Garbutt; Mitchell, Ward, James, Hamilton; Yates, Carey.

05:062 years ago

Possible Manchester City line-up

The Citizens will still be without some of their first choice players as they are yet to return following National Team commitments.

Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne have now returned, and could join the likes of Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Riyad Mahrez in the matchday squad.

It will be interesting to see the line-up he selects ahead of their first competitive game this weekend.

Possible Starting XI: Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Fernandinho, Palmer; Mahrez, Knight, Rogers. 

05:012 years ago

Blackpool looking for a positive result ahead of Championship opener

Blackpool will be looking for a positive result going into their Championship opener away to Bristol City on Saturday.

The Seasiders were promoted from League One last season after beating Lincoln City 2-1 in the play-off final.

Richard Keogh has been added to the squad this summer, and could prove to be a valuable signing.

04:562 years ago

Manchester City looking to end pre-season strongly

Pep Guardiola's men enter the game with a 100% record in pre-season after beating Preston and Barnsley.

With another Championship side set to visit, they will be looking to make it three wins from three ahead of Saturday's Community Shield clash against Leicester City.

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The match will be at the Manchester City Academy Stadium

City played their first two pre-season fixtures at the Academy Stadium against Preston North End and Barnsley, winning 2-0 and 4-0 respectively. 

Blackpool are the next visitors to the stadium, which has a maximum capacity of 7,000. However, the game will be played behind closed doors.

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Welcome to's coverage of the pre-season friendly between Manchester City and Blackpool!

Hello! My name is Dale Winfield and I'll be your host for this game.

We will provide you with pre-game analysis, score updates and news as it happens here on VAVEL!