Manchester City vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Apart from the game at Sunderland earlier in the season, the game at Manchester City tomorrow is the most important game Newcastle have played so far this season.

And certainly there will be a lot more outside interest in this game than the local derby with Sunderland, and there will be reports on this game around the world.

The game seems to have attracted people to an almost David vs Goliath contest, where Manchester City have spent hundreds of millions of pounds to build their team over the last three years.

On the other hand,  Newcastle haven’t spend much money at all in building up their current side,  and even though the Tyneside club got £35M for Andy Carroll last January, they still haven’t spent any of that.

But that has not stopped Newcastle doing some great business over the summer and bringing in some good players like Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Davide Santon, Gabriel Obertan and Sylvian Marveaux into the squad.

The other attraction to this fixture from outside parties, is that it’s between the top side in the Premier League in Man City, who are 5 points clear of Man United, and Newcastle, who have surprised everybody by going 3rd top of the league and above clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Both clubs are also the only two unbeaten sides in the whole of the football league in England, so there is an awful a lot of interest in this game, for various reasons.

Mike Williamson and Sylvain Marveaux are definitely out of this game due to injury, and there are doubts about Cheick Tiote, Gabriel Obertan and Leon Best.

With Danny Guthrie having done so well in the last three games, we think Alan could give Tiote another week to recover from his injured knee, although we would expect Cheick to be on the bench.

Assuming Obertan and Best are fit we think this is the side Alan will field tomorrow:

Simpson Coloccini Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Obertan Gughtie Cabaye Gutierrez
Ba Best
Subs: Elliot Santon Tiote Gosling Ameobi (Sa) Ben Arfa Ameobi (Sh)

No place on the bench there for James Perch, Alan Smith or Peter Lovenkrands.

Newcastle must start this game well, and if they don’t then they could be behind sooner than they would have liked, so it’s very important to try to keep a clean sheet for as long as possible in tomorrow’s game.

The Newcastle defense has been a class act  of the side this season, and they will be sorely tested tomorrow by the high priced Man City forwards.

The longer Newcastle can stop Man City from scoring the better chance our lads will have of getting a result at the Etihad Stadium, in  a game that is being televised live around the world.

And as we’ve seen before this season, Newcastle will not park the bus in front of their penalty area tomorrow afternoon either,  as some previous Newcastle managers – who shall remain nameless – would have done.

Alan Pardew will likely play both Best and Ba up front in a  4-4-2 formation, with Ba lying deeper than Leon,  and always try to quickly counter-attack City at every opportunity.

Newcastle will need a little bit of luck tomorrow, if they are going to get anything at all out of this game, and there will also need to be some top performances from some of our players.

And Alan Pardew has rightly challenged the Newcastle players to go unbeaten tomorrow,  and become the first Newcastle side ever, to go 12 games unbeaten in a league season in England’s top division.

But we cannot underestimate Man City, who are quite literally the best team money can buy, and heaven knows their owners have spent  enough money on players over the last three years,  since they bought the club back in August of 2008.

It’s almost obscene  the money they have spent, and it doesn’t look any better today when the Manchester club have announced the biggest loss in English football history, they lost £197M for the most recent financial year.

As I said earlier it’s all a little obscene to us, and the sooner the Financial Fair Play Rules are brought in and fully implemented  by UEFA the better it will be for football.

And we have to hope that the new rules have some impact against this kind of completely out of control spending by some big clubs in England.

Newcastle have a chance tomorrow to make history,  and if they win then the news will be heard around the world, such is the interest in tomorrow’s game.

Newcastle have proved miracles are possible, by  the way  they came back from 4-0 down after just 26 minutes against Arsenal,  back in February at St. James’ Park, and then scored four goals in the last 26 minutes of the game to draw that game.

That result heralded positive news for Newcastle United around the world.

Newcastle  could have a second miracle in this calendar year,  if they can somehow beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow afternoon, and show that it takes more than money to build a top side.

We have to hope they can do that, but a draw also would be an excellent result for the Magpies.

Howay The Lads!!

57 comments so far

  • Toon_Jock

    Nov 18, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #1

    TOON TOON!!!!

    3-3 the morn, methinks 🙂

  • listie

    Nov 18, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Got to love Russell Grant! I think if we are honest anything out of this game will be a bonus, I would love a cheeky England V Spain style performance and result

  • Toon_Jock

    Nov 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #3

    lisite, that would be nice… and Collo to get the winner header!! OH YEAH….


    Nov 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Now I’m excited, once your preview is out.. I cannot wait!

    With Pardew on this one, comon lad 500m+ vs 80m?

  • the_besty_show

    Nov 18, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #5

    is kompany suspended or not?

  • t00ntime

    Nov 18, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #6

    I dont think obertan will be fit tomorrow and AP said shola wud be involved, so I guess 2 of our subs are ben arfa and shola to come on.

    The only question that remains is who goes where and who plays? If best is injured I think our best choice wud b to get a 5man midfield playing 4-2-3-1
    Simo- saylor – colo- raylor
    Guthrie/cabaye-ben arfa- jonas

    Dont know how that will look when I click send lol but that shud cause any defense problems whilst still keeping men back

  • london_mag

    Nov 18, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #7

    If we even draw tomorrow itll be a BIG statement. Its gonna be a good one!

  • bambams

    Nov 18, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #8

    My heart is saying we can get something tomorrow but my head is saying “dont be stupid” they will have too much for us.
    Can anyone put my mind to rest here, is Hatem Ben Arfa “that good” ? I admit i have only seen him on televised matches and do not get to every home match but i still do not see him to be THE player. I appreciate he has been out for a long time, i want him to be a great player just have not seen it in him.

  • geordiejp

    Nov 18, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #9

    I dont think Obertan willl make the line up, so i reckon he may go for this lineup on the counter attack.
    Simpson …Coloccini …Taylor (S) …Taylor (R)
    Gosling… Guthrie… Cabaye…Gutierrez

  • zaktoon_swede

    Nov 18, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #10

    wasnt there a report earlier saying he was definetely out (obertan)? there are big gaps left after m. richards and kolarov bombing forward, something im sure AP will be aware of. put best on kompany and their defence is gone. dont let silva get to much time on the ball and be aware of yayas sneaky runs in the box!

    i’d start with krul- simmo, saylor, colo, raylor- gosling, cabaye, guthrie, jonas- best, ba

    gosling on the right and cabaye in a slightly withdrawn role?

  • magpiebop

    Nov 18, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #11

    4-4-1-1 vs Man City

    Subs- Elliot, Santon, Folan, Gosling, SAMeobi, Ben Arfa, Ameobi.

  • keeganjr

    Nov 18, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #12

    kompany are back im afraid

  • carlton nufc

    Nov 18, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #13

    What times the game on tmoz

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #14





  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 18, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #15

    the game starts @3 pm GMT

  • soundoid

    Nov 18, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Simpson, Taylor, Collo, Raylor
    Guthrie, Jonas
    Gosling, Cabaye, Ben Arfa


    Nov 18, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Krul,simmo,collo,saylor,raylor,obertan,guthrie,tiote,Cabaye,Gutierrez,Ba.lads it would be absolute suicide to go with 2 strikers from the start!!!!

  • soundoid

    Nov 18, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #19


    Yes mate 4 4 2 is suicide, counter attack or cheeky Raylor goal is the only way to win it.

  • newcastlefan10

    Nov 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #20

    getting nervous now about the game lol

    Im hoping for a draw or else that we at least dont lost 5-0 like Wolves

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Nov 18, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #21

    I was under the impression that aguerro was injured last week, anyone know?

  • YankeeToon

    Nov 18, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Go get’em boys. Playing with house money now, nothing to lose.

    Side note: Layed a fiver down to win $1250 if Newcastle wins by 4. A one percenter I know but HWTL.

  • Rozzy

    Nov 18, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Hate to say it but i predict 3-1 city. Tiote will be a miss because in my opinion our good league start has been partrly down to Tiote and Cabaye in the middle. They have been like three in the middle with there work rate. The best in the premiership so far. Dont belive me, check this link out

  • Eyeball81

    Nov 18, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Loving this….,,11065_7311854,00.html

  • ToonBry

    Nov 18, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #25

    if we wear the stripes or all black then I see a win or draw for the Toon. If we wear orange we will get rolled over! Second kit always brings us bad luck!

  • panzer attack 912

    Nov 18, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #26

    my uncles taking me and Ed who is gugthie haha

  • nobby sol

    Nov 18, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #27

    simpson taylor coloccini taylor
    ben arfa cabaye guthrie tiote gutierez

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 18, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Best must be accompanying Ranger to Barnsley tomorrow coz he ain’t travelling to Manchester.

    So hopefully HBA plays behind Ba

  • Sir Alan

    Nov 18, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Lets hope their all fit and raring to go tomorrow and we can fill out an invincible team including:




    Obertan————–Ben Arfa—————-Jonas



  • ThaiMag

    Nov 18, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Simpson– Saylor —-Colo —-Raylor
    Sammy —Guthrie –Cabaye –Jonas
    ——————-Ben arfa


  • magpiebop

    Nov 18, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #31

    If we win wii Guthrie and Cabaye in midfield, Tiote could find it hard to get back in the team!

  • joejoe

    Nov 18, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #32

    We should definitely play our game. I seriously hope the thinking portrayed here will not reflect on the Players. You have to think big and believe in yourself. We could definitely win this game and on the other hand we could lose it. It´s just how it goes. We should just give it a go and I´m sure we´ll have a positive result.

  • magpiebop

    Nov 18, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #33

    I think it may be gamesmanship by Pardew, keep Mancini guessing about our lineup wii false injury stories?
    They might underestimate us, we won’t underestimate them. Pardew has shown his ability so far and will have us well prepared. We know he will have a trick or two up his sleaves in terms of lineup and tactics!

    We should be fresher than City wii all their players having been on international duty. Hopefully this may give us the edge over them we need. I’m just buzzin for this game!



  • Scottishmag1

    Nov 18, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Hello lads

    Stuck a cheeky £20 on Newcastle to get a draw and Swansea to beat Maure

    End result £598.00

    You never know

  • toonbrother

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Krul,simmo,collo,saylor,raylor,obertan,guthrie,tiote,Cabaye,Gutierrez,Ba.lads it would be absolute suicide to go with 2 strikers from the start!!!!

    Wrong. There is nothing inherently wrong (let alone suicidal) about starting with 2 strikers. Sometimes a good offence is the best forn of defence so having 2 strikers on at the same time might be the best way to fend off ManCity’s attack. Besides, if nothing else our record this season shows our brand of 4-4-2 is not defensively naive . Ba and Best contribute their quota defensively while simultaneously posing a threat upfront. If they dont both start, THAT would be suicidal

  • toonbrother

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Personally If Obertan, and Tiote are fit I’d go with what has workedconsistently so far this season


    A crucial away game against one of the most fearsome teams on the planet is not a good time to start gambling with unecessary changes in formation.

    If Cheik isnt fit, Id be very worried. Guthrie is a combative player but not a natural ball winner. I see him conceding many freekicks and potentially picking up a few cards if he starts against players like Yaya Toure and Silva. Furthermore Guthrie is a brilliant passer of the ball but not the greatest handler of the ball. By that i mean, unlike Tiote, he doesnt “sit” on the ball very comfortably and can be forced into giving away possession/committing errors when harried by opposing players

    Absence of Cheik might mean difficulty keeping possession which in turn may lead to build up of pressure. Thats my main worry. Nevertheless Im proud of our boys this season. Theres no shame in losing our unbeaten record at City

  • FloridaToon

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #37

    No matter the outcome, everyone should cheer the lads after tommorrows match for what they have accomplished so far this yea.

  • FloridaToon

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #38


  • BigKirky

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Im really looking forward to tomorrows game. I’d like to see Ben Arfa start but I don’t think it will happen, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Pardew gives him a real go and get ’em message and starts him.

    I think it’s absolutely fantastic how we are going to have a go at them tomorrow. I really do. So much more of a positive attitude than in the past. Just hope we get some luck which we are due after last years game and the decisions we should have clearly had. Great attitude Pardew and the staff.

  • Marty-Toon

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #40

    Could be embarrassing tomorrow if we go behind early,
    Hope we can give as good as we take.
    The lads won’t give in to easily anyway.
    Nervous bout the game but excited as usual.
    Howay the lads


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