Manchester City vs Newcastle – Match Preview


Tonight’s game is very important to lift the gloom and doom that is currently on Tyneside, and another defeat is the very last thing Newcastle fans want to see tonight.

We have probably just got over our 3-0 second half hammering at Blackburn when the sky seemed to fall in on our defense, and one of the things we will be looking for tonight is a much stronger display from our defense, and we expect the back line to be fairly decent with Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong and Enrique starting.

If we are to get ourselves out of this mess it’s the defense that has to start getting some clean sheets again.

Nicky Butt will miss this game tonight, after again getting himself suspended for one game, but Newcastle will have Barton and Geremi back in central midfield, but of course the reliable and consistent Danny Guthrie will be missing tonight, and he will be a big miss.

We have to hope that Danny can recover quickly from his hamstring injury.

And we could well see Steve Harper starting in goal for the first time this season, with Shay Given being heavily linked with a move away from the St. James Park to Eastlands, and we are told that Dennis Wise will be negotiating a deal for Given tonight.

We say we are told, because the amazing news about Albin Ebondo probably not coming in January has left us a little numb with shock, after all we have been told about the deal being imminent this week.

The squad that Joe Kinnear will choose from tonight is:

Given, Harper, Forster, Krul, Enrique, Bassong, Coloccini, Taylor, Edgar, N’Zogbia, Duff, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands, Geremi, Donaldson, Doninger, Godsmark, Owen, Xisco, Carroll, LuaLua, Ranger.

But we wouldn’t be at all surprised if in fact Given starts in goal, as he’s still included in the squad, because we have a feeling that no deal will happen – but that’s just a gut feeling on our part.

We also fully expect Peter Lovenkrands to feature tonight, although probably not from the start, and we don’t expect Charles N’Zogbia, because of all his whining, to be included in the game tonight, although he could be a sub. We hope he isn’t used.

Obafemi Martins will also miss the game tonight, but we hope he will be fit and ready for the Sunderland game this coming Sunday. Habib Beye and Claudio Cacapa remain sidelined with injury, and Viduka has just returned to training.

This is the team we think Joe will start tonight:

Taylor Coloccini Bassong Enrique
Gutierrez Barton Geremi Duff
Carroll Owen
Subs: Harper/Given Edgar LuaLua N’Zogbia Lovenkrands Xisco Ranger

For Manchester City Robinho returns from his trip home in time to make the Newcastle game tonight, while Richard Dunne will miss the match as he begins his four-match suspension for kicking out at Amir Zaki last week.

Craig Bellamy and Nigel De Jong look set to make their debuts against the Magpies, and Wayne Bridge will again be at left back. Vincent Kompany or Nedum Onuoha could play at center-back for Dunne.

Squad: Hart, Schmeichel, Zabaleta, Onuoha, Richards, Bridge, Ball, Garrido, Ben Haim, Wright-Phillips, Kompany, Fernandes, De Jong, Elano, Ireland, Robinho, Sturridge, Bellamy, Jo, Vassell, Caicedo.

The keys to Newcastle doing well tonight are fairly obvious:

  • The defense has to play well and solid at the back and we look fro strong games from both Coloccini and Bassong in central defense
  • Joey Barton is back and he can make a big difference and having gained some match practice he can be a big plus for Newcastle with his attacking midfield play, against his former club
  • Geremi must come in and give a professional performance tonight after looking terrible in his last game for Newcastle. He is a far better player than he’s been playing recently and he can set up some goals with his passing ans crossing.
    Since he wants to stay on Tyneside, now if the time to come through for the team
  • Michael Owen and Andy Carroll up front have to be sharp and Michael is due a goal or two

We’ll take anything out of this game tonight, and only hope the circus that has been surrounding City with some of their transfer dealings over the last couple of weeks will spill over onto the pitch and they continue to under-perform.

Comments welcome.

54 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    iv got full confidence in joe tactically outclassing hughes……………..NOT

    i think it will be 1-1

  • Brettoon

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2


    I’m not too optimistic but 1-1

    You never know

  • aus_toon_todd

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    4-0 citeh.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4


  • hitman

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    not looking forward to this game at all.
    but a draw looks good

  • hitman

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    then again where going to get dry bummed.

  • super.trooper

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    stuart79- Given being on the bench goes against your info about him being at city last night. tut,tut. shouldnt lie!

  • super.trooper

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    I am going for a flood light failure and the game being abandened at 0-0. Worth a punt.

  • coyote

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    I’d settle for a draw but can’t see our defense(what defense) keeping a clean sheet

  • Nick 69

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    well win 2-1

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    worry about our mid centre, can we stop Man city’s attack?

  • RyanToon

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12
  • RyanToon

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #13


    dont say i dont help you ooot 🙂

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Ryan mate I could kiss ya for putting them up.

    But that may be construde as somewhat inappropraite or unwanted attention so would you settle for a manly hand shake?

  • sahota

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Get a draw if possible. Not expecting any miracle by our team today.

  • SpartanChris

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    If Robinho is still in a cell we may scrape a 0-0 draw.

  • RyanToon

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #17

    toongraeme, no worries mate,

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #18

    I got faith. Robinho might be off tonight due to his off field situation. Bellamy will be out to impress and Bridge, well Im sure Jonas can keep him i track..

    MO better pick his sock ups and bring his shooting boots.

    Carroll is a good threat in the air and want to see Loven on the pitch.

    I dont expect another capitulation like last match.

    We have had the chance to re-group and sort our (teams) heads out.

    I d love a win 2 – 1 but more like 1 – 1.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Hate to sound negative but I dont have a positive feeling for this game..

    Do not want to guess the result as it would sound all to bad. But please prove me wrong and win this game!!

  • papscrunt

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #20

    I don’t have a good feeling either.

    They have pace and touch players and we have Enrique. Probably our worst LB since Paul Sweeney.

    I hope the lads prove me wrong but i can see Bellamy doing us again.

  • Lew Davies

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Cant believe the negative defeatist attitude by all on here. PATHETIC!
    Howay, what kind of supporters are you?
    We are gonna win the neet, you have to believe that or whats the point.
    OK so I’m a little deluded, so what? at least I’ve got me faith.
    2-0 to the lads.

  • super.trooper

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Not looking good!

    Barclays Premier League : Table
    27 Jan 22:11
    | Home | Away
    Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD PTS

    6 Everton 22 3 4 4 14 15 7 2 2 16 11 4 36
    7 Wigan 22 6 2 3 12 10 3 2 6 13 13 2 31
    8 West Ham 22 5 1 5 16 16 3 4 4 13 15 -2 29
    9 Hull 22 3 2 6 11 23 4 4 3 18 19 -13 27
    10 Fulham 21 6 3 1 16 8 0 5 6 3 10 1 26
    11 Sunderland 23 4 2 6 13 15 3 3 5 11 17 -8 26
    12 Man City 21 6 0 5 25 11 1 4 5 14 19 9 25
    13 Tottenham 23 4 4 4 11 9 2 2 7 13 19 -4 24
    14 Portsmouth 22 4 2 5 14 18 2 4 5 8 17 -13 24
    15 Bolton 22 3 2 6 8 12 4 0 7 14 18 -8 23
    16 Newcastle 22 4 4 3 18 19 1 4 6 10 18 -9 23
    17 Blackburn 21 3 3 5 13 17 2 3 5 12 19 -11 21


    18 Middlesbrough 22 3 4 4 10 15 2 2 7 8 18 -15 21
    19 Stoke 23 5 3 3 12 11 0 3 9 8 27 -18 21
    20 West Brom 23 5 2 5 16 21 1 1 9 4 21 -22 21

  • papscrunt

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #23

    RE Lew:

    Not being defeatest mate Just Realistic. I’ll give the lads my full support as i always do its just pure and simple facts if they players we have are good enough we’d not be 16th, 2 points from relegation would we?

    We have too many players that are inconsistent to the point of utter lunacy. Of course i want us to win every game. But figures show we dont.

    If faith worked, those crazy christians would have had jesus back from the dead years ago. And i have Alan Shearer as a 24y old who never aged too!

  • zin zimmer

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Is this game tonight by any chance? lol, are all you geordies this thick? even the inept journo …tonight….tonight….tonight.
    As regards the game, I know its hard to go against the team you love but come on guys, you’ll get smashed tonight by the blues, you are actually for the first time in many years relegation favorites in my eyes, you have jack to look forward to, a manager stuck in 1993, and united rejects in butt and smith, coupled with himlers nephew Joey ‘i like porridge’ Barton, your club is a disgrace, proved in the keegangate part 2, if ever any1 had done you a fav its big mike for getting rid of the no mark keegan, trust me, us city fans know, he’s bottled it more times than carlsberg.
    Fear for you tonight……. 4 or even maybe 5 nil.

  • crazydave

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #25

    RYANTOON your bbc link has been taken down

  • Whumpie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #26

    A lot of it will come down to the whole team’s ability to track back and defend solidly. Our back four may be stronger than it has been recently, but it’s still not great, with the full-backs being one stand-in and one who really isn’t up to scratch.

    Prediction? Sorry Lew Davies – you’re right, I know – but Citeh just have a much better team than us right now. It’s Chelski all over again, and frankly I don’t consider them as being in the same league as us since they no longer have to operate within a budget.

    Why do the FA let this happen???

  • Dragonera

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #27

    zin zimmer

    I bet you said the exact same thing before you stuffed West Brom…

    oh wait…

  • Whumpie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #28

    zin zimmer: I pity you and other Citeh fans. Try to find a Chelski fan who’s not slightly embarrassed of what they’ve won since the mafia money arrived.

    No matter what your lot do from here in, it’s all utter boswelox, mate. You’ve turned up at the Tour de France on a motorbike and think it counts.

    Hope you and your fieldful of money-chasing smegs get spanked tonight because they forgot they have to play as a team as well as taking the dosh.

    Oh, and I’d put money down now that Bellamy is out by August following some shocking, petulent display of his 2-year-old mentality.

  • NE3 NICK

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #29

    Sorry to say, but I reckon we will get a humping tonight.

    I am also sorry to say I am pretty good at predicting.

    3-0 to the Manc Mackems…..

  • zin zimmer

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #30

    lol, whumpie, you mean like sad man keegan spending how much in his first reign? and failing to win fuk all, your a laughing stock, just doesn’t infiltrate your shite tooown, and for the record, how many of are academy players start in our first team? answers on a post card.
    As for bellamy, well thats the purpose of a squad donk, as you’ll find out over the next 18 months.

  • stevep

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #31

    Well looks like Robinho may not be playing due to his arrest for a sex assault – jeez that guy will do anything to get away from Citeh.

    We should be able to get something out of tonights game, Citeh are relegation candidates themselves (although likley to spend thier way out of it) and are the type of team we should be beating……..
    Obviously that means the players actually have to give a sh!t and actually play for thier wages

  • NE3 NICK

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #32

    Lew, there is a difference in being a supporter and hoping/praying you will win as opposed to using your head to think what will happen.

    If someone made you bet all your money on the outcome tonight, I doubt you would go for an away win.

  • zin zimmer

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #33

    whumpie, how much did keegan spend in the 90s? what did he win? dont be bitter, you had your shot, just failed to have the right manager in place, there there….. your still a big club……..IN THE NORTH EAST

  • Whumpie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #34

    If Citeh do implode due to a massive influx of knobs with huge egos (Bellamy, Knobinho…) then can we have their manager?

  • Whumpie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #35

    But we still played in the CL for years, finished top-5 and went to Wembly while BALANCING THE BOOKS, you twuntmuppet. We’re a club, not a charity case.

  • zin zimmer

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #36

    na, he’d never manage a championship club

  • Whumpie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #37

    Why am I indulging in this pissing match? Sorry people – lost it for a mo.

    Who’ll give me a tenner against Bellamy and Barton being sent off for fighting?


    Nah. Me neither.

  • zin zimmer

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #38

    balanced the books…….. stop it, shepard done you thick geordies a good’n, borrowed on the strength of tv money for years trying to grasp something that was never going to happen, not even with a 12 points league position, nobody remembers second mate, remember that, lmao, your a funny guy.

  • workyticket

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #39

    Zin Zimmer, to be honest, I’d rather lose 5 – 0 than have human rights abusers like Shinawatra or some Abu Dhabi scumbag owning my club. Manchester City should be thoroughly ashamed of itself.

  • super.trooper

    Jan 28, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #40

    whumpie-you were hardly balancing the books.


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