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Match Preview: Manchester vs Loughborough - FA Futsal Super League

by Nathan Linley

Super League action returns to the National Cycling Centre once more as Manchester prepare to host Loughborough on Sunday.

The Blues got 2019 off to a bad start after a 5-3 defeat away to league leaders Helvecia in their last game, but their performance on the day left fans feeling reassured after taking last season’s runners-up right to the last buzzer.

Debon will be suspended after picking up two yellows down in the capital, and after some eye-catching performances on international duty for Northern Ireland, Danny Stapleton is expected to return.

After avoiding relegation last season, Loughborough have been the surprise package so far this season, finding themselves in third place in the table and picking up 15 points out of a possible 18 in their last six games.

Bruno Ribiero will be one to watch out for as his brace in their 5-2 win against Southend last time out helped his side on the way to victory. The Whites will be aiming for their fourth straight win when they arrive in Manchester on Sunday.

Blues’ Head Coach Sergi Saldana spoke to and discussed his side’s team news after the international interval.

"We still have some players injured like Salim [Karimi] and some players still suffer with some discomfort like Raphe [Barber], [Jordan] Edge and [Raducio] King but hopefully they will be ready for the game. 

"Debón is banned for a second undeserved yellow card against Helvecia so he's not going to be able to play. 

"On the other hand, we will have Danny [Stapleton] back after his games with Northern Ireland and completely recovered from his last injury."

Sunday’s game will be part of Futsal February and Futsal Community Day hosted by Manchester Futsal and the Manchester FA. Free tickets are up for grabs so ensure to enter the code MFC-GAMEDAY824 at checkout. You can get your tickets here. Kick off is at 2:30pm.