Tomorrow’s game at home is another very important game for Newcastle, but in all honesty we cannot see the lads getting much out of this game at all, unless we see a big improvement on recent form, and our defense is lot tighter than it’s been of late.
And it’s not as if we are alone in the thought that it will be difficult tomorrow, with 70% of our readers thinking Newcastle will taste defeat again tomorrow.
So one way of looking at this is the lads now have a great chance of surprising us on the upside – and getting the win or at least a point.
It’s not as if Manchester City are doing great this season either, although they are second top of the league, 6 points behind their neighbors Manchester United.
And City have won just one of their games in the last six, and Newcastle have won just one of the their games in the last seven league games, so both sides will be going all out for victory tomorrow.
Newcastle are just two points above the drop zone, and another defeat tomorrow – which would be our fifth in six league games – surely one of our worst runs ever in the Premier League – could see us move further down the table.
City are coming off a disappointing home defeat against Manchester United when an added time goal by Robin van Persie gave the Red Devils a massive 3 points to take them 6 points clear of the reigning champions.
We’ll have to assume Ben Arfa is not fit, and Yohan Cabaye (groin), Steven Taylor (hamstring), Ryan Taylor (knee), Dan Gosling (ankle), Haris Vuckic (knee) and Gabriel Obertan (toe) are also out injured. What’s up with that toe of Gabby’s?
So we think the side will be close to what Alan Pardew started at Craven Cottage on Monday night in the 2-1 defeat – and we think we’ll play in a 4-3-3 formation:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Anita Tiote Gutierrez
Cisse Ba Marveaux
Subs: Elliot Tavernier Bigirimana Ferguson Perch Ameobi (Sh) Ranger
Alan Pardew talked about this game yesterday, and he had this to say:
“I think both teams will have an edge to them.” “I think this game this will be a tough game for both teams.” “The first goal is going to be important for settling one team down. And it will be how the other team react to that.” “I think that goes for or against.”
“We could score first and get very nervous and sit too deep.” “They could score first and find it a nice position to be in.” “So I don’t know what the reaction of my team will be, the confidence of us getting a first goal might push us on to get a second goal.”
“I do think that the reaction of the first goal is going to be key.” “That is something we have talked about.” “We have to keep a very consistent game plan against City. We did that last year in the second game against them.”
“The first game we came away from the game plan and were beaten by a much better team.”
Of course we have to remember the lads will have the fantastic Geordie crowd behind them tomorrow, and we all know this is an important game, and our players just have to start stepping up to the plate.
Newcastle have lost the last two previous fixtures at home to City – 2-0 last season in the second last game of the season – and 3-1 in December of 2010, a few weeks after Alan Pardew had arrived at the club.
But as far as the full stats go Newcastle have done quite well over the years against City, but recently Manchester City are unbeaten in 11 games against the Magpies, and won all but two of them – so at least in recent history Manchester City usually get the better of us.
If there was ever a time to turn the tables on that record it’s tomorrow, but we also have to remember that Manchester City are one of the best and richest teams in the land, and a defeat would be another downer – but we have to keep it in perspective.
So in truth we are not expecting much out of this game tomorrow, but the very least we want to see is an all out effort from the players and if we are to get anything out of this game at all – our defense has to be a lot stronger than of late.
A win would be simply fabulous.
If you haven’t yet voted on the outcome tomorrow – here’s your chance.
Note: This preview is being put out late, since I’ve been upset and appalled at the latest school shooting today in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, in which 27 people have been killed, including 20 children aged between 5 and 10.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the parents of all those who have perished in today’s tragedy.