Newcastle vs Manchester City – Match Preview


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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:

Krul
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.

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67 comments so far

  • darrenfletcher88

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Dreading it,will be a bloody cricket score,and am actually going to watch it!!

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  • Zero

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #2

    DOOOM, PARDS OUT WEGNER IN, DOOOM

    erm yeah

    DOOM?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Maybe you can’t Ed but i reckon we’ll get a 2-1!
    Also who let catchy have 995 votes??

    Hotdog
    Mr willo will put a shift in tomos reckon he’ll put in a shift like liverpool at home last year!
    Also hoping someone spends the day poking tiote with a cattle prod to try and get him pumped up for once this season!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Zero
    Aye wengers having a blinding season mate….

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  • Graeme

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Drop Ba, play Ranger – he is much more likely to create the one bit of space Cisse needs to bury one. If he gets one, he will want another.

    We are expected to get a good whooping tomorrow, might as well go out and try and rock them from the start, get right in their faces. What do we have to lose???

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Lets get at the b@stards

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  • Zero

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #7

    In all fairness i think Wegner would get a hell of alot more out of our players than he is his own, plus theyre still in the champions league

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Willo and colo will get toasting Tomoz,against tevez and aurgero!! Looking forward to see how check does against toure mind,hope we don’t get hamerd,pardew will be under so much pressure if its 4,5,6 like

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  • Zero

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #9

    can well imagine tevez and aurego geting hattricks each

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Darren
    In all fairness mate tevez and aguero have been about as lethal as 2 legged pitbul with no teeth!
    Think mancini’s paying the price for running round like a kiddie who found his dads credit card! Too many ego’s and none of that squad look happy like and defo can’t see them hammering us tbf

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Townarmydownsouth,I’ll bet u £100 city score 3 goals the mora??

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  • hotdog

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Ahh tads its Friday you are obv having a drink is willo with you 😉

    Can’t see us beating the champions of England. The tea lady will be in for it on here at 2.30!!!!!

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  • Zero

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #13

    tads, i wish you were right, Mancity do occansionally implode but lets face it, they could play their reserve strikers against our defense and we would still get hammered.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Darren
    Why? Why would you wanna see your team ship 3? City have been sh1te this season have they put 3 past anyone?

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  • Zero

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #15

    @tads whats your point….fulham hadnt scored in 5 hours of game time….they did against us, TWICE!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Zero
    Have some faith then mate wigan stuck it too them a couple of weeks reckon the crowd will be pumped tomos aswell

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  • Zero

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #17

    i seriously hope so, im praying for the implosion and toon to steal it 2-0 but i think its all hope, seriously pards needs to look at his training and tactics or we are in deep crap.

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  • nico

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m there tomorrow as usual. I quite like these games because people can just go out and support the team without getting annoyed if we don’t score early. I think we’ll put up a good fight tomorrow, who knows maybe even steal it if we don’t concede any daft goals. I think we’ll get a draw.

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  • nico

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Zero.

    Mate, football doesn’t work like that, thats why you get people like me turning up to watch them every week. Whose to say the opposite won’t happen tomorrow. We’ve never scored 4 in onw game under Pardew, and suddenly we score 4 against City.

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #20

    @tads,I don’t ever want us to get beat,but have to be realistic,we arnt good enough,no investment loads off injures,to many championship players, if your so confident put your money where your mouth is?pardew interview the morn,fans were great,silly mistakes cost us,e.g willo,tiote,Simpson! We have to many injurys!! Bla bla bla!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Nico
    Hopefully this will be like last season when we were playing with no pressure or expectations just go out there get at them and play football

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  • Zero

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #22

    wonder what odds id get on tiote getting a red card against city. or city getting a penalty?

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  • nico

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #23

    toonarmydownsouth
    Yes mate. Especially if we start well, just go out there and enjoy it.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Darren
    Being realistic is saying reckon we’ll score one but will prob concede a couple of sloppy goals not that there gonna run up a cricket score against just plain fecking miserable!

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Nico

    Where do you sit mate? Im in the strawberry every home game without fail cant wait for tomorrow everyone gets up for these games.

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  • Carryingcoals

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Looking forward to the match tomorrow, hopefully the best atmosphere of the season so far, the players need something to give them a little push anyway.

    I don’t really care if we lose as long as we see commitment and us have a go in the final third.

    Don’t want to go 1-0 down in first twenty minutes though, otherwise it will be heads down and a 3-0 no contest in my opinion.

    Newcastle score first – we could be in for a very good game!

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 14, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #27

    It would just be our luck that they start Tevez & Aguero together.

    I dont think their that great when they dont play them two together.

    Like last week against Man u, when Tevez came on second half they looked far better.

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  • nick_9

    Dec 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #28

    For me tevez, aguero and silva are the exact type of player that make our Defense look even more of a shambles. We don’t look good against players who are quick footed and can dribble, other examples being Suarez. I think it’s a very tough game. We can be thankful yaya toure is out and hopefully kompany will be too otherwise the hoofing won’t work. Would love us to win or a draw would be a good result but cannot see anything other than a win. The signs of improvement we have seen are nothing to shout home about but were bound to click at some point. I fully expect fans to be moaning even more so tomorrow night if we lose, 6 defeats in 7 would look even more awful so we need a spirited performance if we do lose to soften the blow

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  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Not looking forward to the match tomorrow. We’ve dropped points against average teams. We need to raise our game to a level way above where we are now. They overpowered us last year when we were on fire. I thought we played well that day, but just not good enough.
    We’re no where near that level this season. Pardew has said City have not improved on last season, neither have we. Fear the worst.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Wtf,
    Is he on about,we could score first and get nervous or they could score first and be comfortable,if that’s the message he’s putting across he’s making out that if we score first we’ll sh!t ourselves and considering we’ve never come from behind and won under his style of play, and think it’s a good policy not to score to settle the nerves then…..

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  • Graeme

    Dec 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Well, they say the best form of defence is ATTACK!! Our defence is pretty crap at the moment so best bet is to go for it I guess.

    Get in amongst them, go for broke, rattle them from the off and see what it gets us. We have nothing to lose anyway!!

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #32

    yeah ed your right – one of our worst runs ever,a lot of people coild see this coming – we are looking like relegation candidates , and we are still in december- 2 points above the drop zone. going nowhere. pardew pardew what have you done? so all these folk who were starting to shout ashleys praises on what a great job he was doing , have no doubt ,( and about time too ) had 2nd thoughts, at least he wil go down in history as the first owner to get us relegated – twice. , but not just twice – twice in 5 F##king year – well done to that man.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #33

    JFA agreed mate. We need to score first, get the crowd going and get them nervy. They may lose their discipline too, as I think they’re not as tight a unit a last season. However neither are we.
    I think Pardew believes both sides are not at their best, well he knows we’re not. It could be about what’s in the players heads.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #34

    All I can take from Pards words there are that we’ll try to contain them as long as we can try to get a lucky goal then contain them again for the remainder,Im starting to get seriously sick of this guy with every presser he makes.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #35

    If he’s telling the players not to press fir an early goal,well that will explain so many sh!t first half performances.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #36

    I have some sympathy for Pardew as he was hamstrung with a shit summer window. He has to sort it in January. New signings will give the whole squad a lift. They’ve been playing like coal men. Big heavy sacks on their backs and steel capped boots on their feet.
    Pardew might say he can look Ashley in the eye but can he look his players in the eye? I think some feel let down.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Novo,
    I think its unfair to judge Parts on this season as a lot of us believe he was badly let down after his achievements last year,but So find some of his comments in his press conferences bizarre to say the least,he was sent to some kind of PR classes previously to make him appear more sane.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Yeh I know what you mean he tends to spout any old bull at times. I’m still not sure if he is too honest or full of shit. He is probably somewhere in between most of the time, but he occasionally drops himself in it with some bizarre statements. As someone stated earlier he needs to stop talking and act.
    Still think we need to stick by him though.

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  • gazzaforever

    Dec 14, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #39

    I hope Pard is bluffing and Benny will be fit tomorrow

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #40

    But still not so

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