Newcastle vs Manchester City – Match Preview

It will be very tough test for Newcastle United tomorrow afternoon against a talented Manchester City side.

And because of their poor showing on Monday night against Everton at home, we expect City to start the game much faster and with a lot more earnest than the way they started the game on Monday night, when it looked like they were in a practice game and were 2-0 down after 19 minutes.

Former Arsenal center-back Kolo Toure will miss the game because of suspension, after being sent off on Monday night, but of course Man City have strength in depth and could bring in Joleon Lescott in his place.

Newcastle still have Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi missing for the game tomorrow afternoon through injury.

Alan Pardew has the choice of starting Peter Lovenkrands or Nile Ranger up front with Andy Carroll, if he elects to play in an attacking 4-4-2 formation.

But there’s a possibility he could play a more defensive and more solid 4-5-1 formation,  to better cope with the very talented Man City central midfield.

Presumably if Alan plays with one striker up front he could bring Danny Guthrie in to play somewhere across the midfield five ot perhaps Wayne Routledge.

Alan will have all five center backs –  Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson, Campbell and young Kadar to choose from, and it’s anybody’s guess who the two center-backs will be – but we’ll plump for Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson as the two starters.

So this is the side that could start tomorrow:

Simpson Taylor (S) Williamson Enrique
Barton Nolan (c) Tiote Gutierrez
Carroll Ranger
Subs: Harper Campbell Coloccini Guthrie Smith Routledge Lovenkrands

This is the first game in a hectic two week schedule for Newcastle, in which they play four league games in 10 days, and finish off at with the third round of the FA Cup away at Stevenage on Saturday, January 8th.

So it would be very nice to get off to a good start with a win tomorrow night,  but that will be tough and we’ll be happy enough to get a point in all honesty.

And next up on Tuesday night is a very tough game at Spurs, who are pushing again for a top four place in the Premier League.

That seems a little ridiculous to have two games to be played in 48 hours, and it’s not surprising that some PL managers are complaining at the number of fixtures their teams have in the next couple of weeks.

Newcastle’s game next weekend is on Sunday afternoon at Wigan Athletic, so why we couldn’t play at Spurs on Wednesday night or even Thursday night is a mystery to us.

However, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves and next up is a home game against Man City tomorrow night.

The keys to the game for Newcastle are that the defense plays with some steadiness, and we cannot allow sloppy goals, and were a little lucky to get away with giving Liverpool a gift goal last time out, and only some good saves from Tim Krul kept us in the game after we had conceded.

With Barton and Nolan in the side, Newcastle are so much better than when these two experienced players are missing, so we must stand a decent chance of winning the game, if big Andy and Kevin are as sharp as they looked against Liverpool.

And the signs are that a sell-out crowd will be at the game, which is the first home game on Boxing Day in nine years, when the great Sir Bobby Robson had his team whack Middlesbrough 3-0 in 2001.

It will be important that Newcastle get a grip on midfield, against the classy City stars, which is why Alan may elect to play a 4-5-1 formation.

But any result other than a defeat would be good for Newcastle tomorrow afternoon.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 25, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Man City have a better away record than home record. so looking at that i feel a point is good enough.

    However having said that i feel Man city are there for the taking and i would be disappointed if we went into the match looking for a point.

    Also i feel COLO and TAYLOR should be given chance they were our first choice pairing at the start of last season.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 25, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #2

    A draw with both man city and spurs are good enough

  • DENIro

    Dec 25, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3





  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 25, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #4

    How’s the weather in Newcastle? No chance of the game being postponed?

  • ganiyu

    Dec 25, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    If we play to our best we can win.i hope we play as a team and get the job done.

  • IndianapolisToon

    Dec 25, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #6

    To Ed, the entire Toon Army, all those currently and formerly associated with Newcastle United Football Club, and to anyone else reading:

    I sincerely wish the happiest of holidays to you and your loved ones. Let’s take it to the sky blues!

    Sincerely from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA,

  • Thump

    Dec 25, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Weather isn’t too bad, GG; nothing the under soil heating and drainage can’t handle anyway.

    Reckon we can take Man City tomorrow, I’m torn between wanting Sunderland to win (it is the North East vs. Manchester, after all) but I think I’ll be careful what I wish for ;D

  • alkinou

    Dec 25, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #8


    It’s not the pitch I’m worried about it’s the snow on the roads near by the stadium. That why most matches were postponed. How’s that in Newcastle? (because in Belgium it’s gotten worse)

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 25, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Thump, Thanks but alkinou has more or less wrote my main worry. Just hope that SJP being in middle of City helps.

  • Thump

    Dec 25, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Nah, the roads are more or less clear, mate. Council has been fairly on top of the roads this winter.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 25, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Chears Thump. Which reminds me time for a beer.

  • deeeeeeano

    Dec 25, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Was stuck in Brussels airport for 24 hours last Sunday, fantastic place, pony airport.
    HTL 3-1

  • baro

    Dec 25, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Since its at ST.JAMES Park than of course we will win!

    NUFC 4 – 0 MCFC



  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 26, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Attack! Attack! Toon 4 MC-Moneybacks 0

  • balubas1

    Dec 26, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #15

    some good reasoning from folks on here.. city coming from a poor result at home will surely try to dominate the game. Since the game is at home I think we should go for 3 points, but settle for 1 if City has the upperhand. If we loose with should not pout either… It is City, they have a brilliant squad

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Dec 26, 2010 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #16

    I could be wrong but playing a 4-5-1 on our own pitch is a little to negative for me with the way our lads are playing. We are 8th in the table for pete’s sake. Tiote is a pit bull and with barton, nolan, and jonas if he’s in form we can hang with any midfield in the league. I just want us to give it a go. Lets stand up and be counted lads. If we go out there and attack and get beat 2-1 so be it. But lets not back off citeh and show em too much respect because of the money they have on the field. Lets get after em like we have every other team this year, get stuck in, and get 3 points…..howay the lads!!!! 2-0 toon (big andy and jonas scoring)

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Dec 26, 2010 at 5:24 AM

    Comment #17


    Ft. Leonardwood, missouri here, love to see other toon fans stateside. Too many blokes wearing citeh, man ure, arsenal, and chelsea kits. Just retired from the army as most here know from my wounds in iraq. I would like to take the time to salute and wish a Merry Christmas to all the Souljah’s in Afghanistan and Iraq both british and yank and thank them for holding the line. And a somber rest in love to my fallen brothers who didnt make it back with me from iraq in 2004,2005, 2008, and 2009. Sgt. Justin Onwordi and Spc. Harry Shondhee 2 of my brothers from 2004 when i served with 2-12 cav 1st cavalry division, i miss yall and yall will always be my heroes.

    Merry Christmas Ed, and Merry Christmas and happy new year to all my toon army brothers and sisters sround the world and to the players, coaches, and staff at our beloved club newcastle united. May God Bless us next year with a new owner….


  • NOVA2967

    Dec 26, 2010 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Game Plan:

    We need to talk City into giving us Nedum Ohuoha contract before they sell him to Sunderland.

    Let snake him away from Mr. Bruce.

    Would love it

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 26, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Let them have Onuoha….as long as we get Johnson 🙂

    only a pipe dream of course. 2-1 to the lads!

  • davcon22

    Dec 26, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #20

    #17 Great post mate!!!
    Great to hear from Toon fans from around the world!!

  • Jarra

    Dec 26, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Just a thought for the team today
    then three centre backs
    Taylor Campbell Collo
    two wing backs
    Simpson and Jose
    Barton Nolan Tiote Jonas
    Carroll up front alone.
    If not working Campbell off for Ranger then revert to 442
    Never be predictable

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 26, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #22

    if no one is watching, i suggest you do. alot more entertaining than west ham v fulham. qpr v swansea is on right now. Taarabt would be a coup if we signed him. This guy is single-handedly driving QPR

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 26, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #23

    since i posted that, Taarabt assited for helgusson to score on the edge of the box. there’s a PK about to be taken and two red cards handed out. Dare i say it: I miss the championship? 🙂 such a great league to watch


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