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
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.