When Manchester City put seven past Stoke at the Etihad there can't have been many people who predicted the number of Blues goals - let along the exact result.
But six-year-old Noah Timperley did just that.While bookmakers Betfred thought the 7-2 scoreline was highly unlikely, listing it at 200/1, Cannon Burrows Primary School pupil Noah thought it was the most obvious result.
Noah, a season ticket holder from Ashton, went to the game with his dad Marlon and paid a visit to the family fun day at the CFA before kick off.One of the pre-match activities was for the children to write down what they thought the score would be and while other fans went for more reserved scores, Noah predicted 7-2.His dad said: "When I saw what he had written I thought 'well that's a waste of time!' What a bonkers result to choose."But I can understand why he picked it. This is his first season as a season ticket holder and he's already seen us win 5-0 twice so he was just building on that."
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes English clubs might be better without the "wasted energy" of a League Cup campaign.
The Spaniard echoed the view expressed by United counterpart Jose Mourinho on Wednesday, when the Portuguese suggested the domestic game could perhaps "survive or even be better without this competition", which United won last season.
Guardiola, like most managers, made major changes for the midweek cup win over West Brom and is poised to switch back to a first-choice XI for the visit of Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.
There were eight alterations to the team sheet for the game against the Baggies compared to the team which thrashed Watford last weekend, with City facing a hectic schedule which includes games against Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea before the end of the month.
"Business is business, but we have a lot of games," Guardiola said at a press conference on Friday ahead of the Palace match.
"If you have to play the competition you have to play the competition, but it is a title that when you win it is okay, but after that people don't give too much credit.
"You don't promote to go to international competitions. The prize is good when you win another one, but you waste a lot of energy.
"You can't imagine going to play Tony Pulis teams at West Bromwich Albion, play 90 minutes there in those conditions, and then after three or four hours - bus, come back, three days later Crystal Palace, three days later Shakhtar Donetsk, three or four days later Stamford Bridge.
"For the managers it is a lot of wasted energy, but we knew that before, so it is not a complaint in those terms. If we have to play we have to play."
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The full-back, 27, could eventually cost City as much as £50million, with an additional £5million heading Spurs' way in add-ons if various clauses are met.
The full-back regions looked to be obvious areas of need for City boss Pep Guardiola in the transfer window and Walker is the first to arrive for an eye-watering sum. Spurs are notoriously tough negotiators and, after City missed out on Dani Alves to Paris St Germain, the north London club's hand was strengthened in the discussions. Walker has cost far more than Alves did when he moved to Barcelona in 2008 for a fee that eventually reached around £30million.
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