After last Sunday’s poor performance in the second half Newcastle fans will be hoping the lads can get a point at Eastlands tomorrow, but that will be very difficult.
Newcastle are currently in 14th position and a defeat tomorrow will put the side a little lower and will put lots of pressure on the team in our next game, when we are at home to Wigan Athletic in a couple of weeks time at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle must start beating the other relegation favorites in the league – especially at home – otherwise we could find ourselves in some trouble fairly soon in the season.
Newcastle’s season has been up and down so far, to say the least, and we’ve failed to beat teams we were expected to beat, but on the other hand we’ve beaten Everton away, and Chelsea away in the Carling Cup, which were games we were fully expected to lose, just like we are expected to lose at Eastlands tomorrow.
So we really have no idea what team will turn up tomorrow afternoon, but have to hope the lads put in another performance like the last two away games, although we also played very well at Wolves, when Newcastle were unlucky to only get a 1-1 draw.
Chris Hughton is expected to start the same side he started against Stoke City, and which played so well, at least in those first 45 minutes.
Perch Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Routledge Barton Tiote Nolan (c) Ben Arfa
Subs: Soderberg Campbell Taylor (R) Smith Ameobi Lovenkrands Gutierrez
If Chris is to change the team at all, he could give Ryan Taylor a chance at right back in place of James Perch, or bring in Sol Campbell in place of one of the two center-backs, or even start Jonas Gutierrez in place of Ben Arfa on the left wing. But the odds are that he’ll start the exact same side as last Sunday.
Newcastle will again play in their 4-5-1 formation away from home, and try to hold City at least in that first half, and if they can do that, anything is possible after that.
The key to this game is the performance of the defense, and Newcastle players must press the City players right from the start, and if they can do that we should be in with some kind of chance of getting something out of this game. A draw would be great.
With City having been in action on Thursday night against Juventus in the Europa League, there is a chance, a slight chance, that some of their players could tire in the second half, so it’s important we stay in this game as long as possible.
Newcastle didn’t create too many chances against Stoke City and those that they did, they managed to miss, so we’ll look to the lads creating some chances at Eastlands tomorrow, and then one or two of our players are due a goal – like Andy Carroll as just one example.
But we can afford no defensive mistakes against Manchester City, otherwise we could be severely punished, so we are hoping the lads can put in one of their better performances of the season.
If Newcastle can come out with a point tomorrow, that would give us a good 8 points after the first 7 league games, and we cannot complain too much at the start the lads have made to the season.