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An Early Look At Newcastle vs Man City – What’s Your Team?

10:11 am, Saturday, December 25th, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Most pundits seem to think Man City will get back on track in the league tomorrow with a win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.

Tim Krul – will keep his place in goal

That comes after City missed a golden opportunity to go top of the Premier league last Monday night,  when a win against Everton at home would have put them at the top of the league.

But they played very poorly, especially in the first 25 minutes of that game and lost 2-1,  although they were a little unlucky and the Everton defense was in superb form.

There’s no doubt this game will be even more difficult for Newcastle, than the game against Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, because Man City will have learned from their lazy approach last Monday night,  and presumably come out with  all guns firing tomorrow.

And City seem to be a better team away from home than at home, taking 17 points  from 9   games on the road, and 15 points from their 9 games at home.

And they’ve scored 16 goals away from home and only 9 at home, so they seems to be even more attacking  when playing on the road.

As far as Newcastle are concerned Alan Pardew will have five center-backs to choose form, and he’ll need to decide if he starts Nile Ranger up front with Andy Carroll, or perhaps it’s time to give the almost forgotten Peter Lovenkrands a start. Shola Ameobi will miss the game with his hamstring problem.

With Steven Taylor presumably close to signing a new contract, and having played solidly in the last three games,  we have to think he’ll retain his position in central defense,  and either Mike Williamson or Fab Coloccini will come in to partner him.

It’s a toss -up between the two of them, with Mike getting the nod from us, because of his better heading ability.

So this is the side that could start tomorrow:

Simpson Taylor (S) Williamson Enrique
Barton Nolan (c)  Tiote Gutierrez
Carroll Ranger

That’s a good side, and we have to think that Tim Krul will keep his position in goal, for as long as he keeps putting in the solid performances we’ve seem from him over the last few months – and Tim’s  the future at Newcastle, that’s for sure.

So let’s know what team you would start tomorrow – since Alan has plenty of choice now, with players returning from suspension.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Newcastle News · Nile Ranger · Peter Lovenkrands · Steven Taylor · Tim Krul

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 25, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Same team that played against Liverpool except Williamson and Coloccini in for Campbellend and Taylor.

  • 2 hindson1987 // Dec 25, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Were all dying for a game aren’t we?

  • 3 daneevz // Dec 25, 2010 at 10:54 AM





  • 4 davcon22 // Dec 25, 2010 at 10:59 AM




  • 5 Toon1978 // Dec 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Merry Xmas to all the Toon bloggers and to Ed for still keeping us up to date on what’s happening on this Xmas day 🙂

  • 6 North Atlantic Magpie // Dec 25, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Never mike over fab, but always mike over staylor. Mcloven up front with andy, and ranger on with 25 min left, if we are behind.

  • 7 North Atlantic Magpie // Dec 25, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Has mike ever scored with the head for nufc? I dont think so. Colo has at least twice. Need I say more? So I dont think Ed knows what he’s talking about.

  • 8 Jan Stavik // Dec 25, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Are you crazy guys, dropping Colo or Mike for S.Taylor?! No way, bring in the two.

    I’m afraid it will be a difficult game tomorrow, but with Tiote in form, we’ll have a decent chance of 3p

  • 9 ebol // Dec 25, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Ed, it’s Christmas day – take a break lol!

    Seriously though, have a great Christmas, you deserve it mate.

  • 10 mattyNUFC // Dec 25, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    thanks to Heathrow’s shenanigans i’m stuck in Budapest alone over the holidays since they cancelled my trans-Atlantic flight until after the new year. Want a Newcastle win more than anything tomorrow.

    Would be nice to see Ranger start tomorrow too

  • 11 Tom_Toon // Dec 25, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Saylor is nowhere near Williamson or Colo. He is still a liability and I hope he new contract is not much because he isnt worth it.

    Oh and Merry Christmas everyone!

  • 12 keegan trio // Dec 25, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    simpson staylor mike jose enrique
    colo tiote
    joey barton nolan jonas
    ranger carroll

  • 13 DENIro // Dec 25, 2010 at 2:47 PM






  • 14 baro // Dec 25, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    I go with the same line up as above.

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