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Clive expects a cracker

Clive Allen is predicting a ‘cracker’ against a club he knows well when we travel to Manchester City on Sunday.

First team assistant coach Clive spent just over two years at City between August, 1989 and December, 1991 after returning from a successful spell with Bordeaux in France.

Of course, it’s a City that has changed immeasurably since Clive’s days at the old Maine Road.

They are now the richest club in the world and flying high at the top of the Premier League.

In many ways it’s a different City that Clive will help the team prepare to meet on Sunday, but there is one constant – the fans.

“It’s fantastic for the City supporters to see where their club is now,” said Clive, who scored 10 league goals in his first season at City, 1989-90, as they finished 14th in Division One following promotion.

“We had a couple of decent seasons when I was there, including finishing fifth, and the fans were always so passionate.

“It was always a sleeping giant and you can understand with the investment that has gone in, plus the following the club has worldwide, how things have taken off and taken off in a big way.

“They’ve been in the shadow of United but now they are making strides to catch them. That’s great for the club and great for those fans.”

City boast a perfect record of 10 out of 10 at home in the Premier League but we travel to the Etihad Stadium on a run of just one defeat in our last 19 league matches.

“We have pace, power and away from home we’re always dangerous, particularly on the counter,” added Clive.

“We always want to control a game as well with possession but you know with the quality City have, we will come under pressure as well. We’ll have to defend particularly well.

“It’s all set-up up for a fantastic game. You’d expect goals with the quality of the attacking players on show from both teams.

"There will be a lot of excitement and I can see it being a real cracker.”