Manchester City vs Newcastle – Match Preview


We know it’s going to be a difficult game for Newcastle today, and in our last eight visits to Manchester City we haven’t won, which illustrates how hard it could be for the lads today.

Alan Pardew has kept reminding us all week that this is the business end of the season, and that it’s time for Newcastle to deliver, and indeed, if we can put a good string of results together, this could still be more than a decent season for Newcastle.

And after all, we still have a chance of winning the Europa League – if we have some luck and play somewhere near our best form in the upcoming European matches.

But we are not safe in the league yet, not by any means, and if we forget about what happened last time out in the game at Wigan – it was still a terrible result for us, and had Wigan gain three points on Newcastle, and they are in the drop zone in third bottom place.

This is what Alan Pardew has said about today’s opponents – Manchester City:

“When you have won the championship, as they did with the last kick of the season, and then to back it up next year, is difficult.” “Those first 10 games for them meant it was difficult for him to pick up momentum, I think they will learn for this and be better for it.

“I do hope the manager stays because he will be better for it as well. That experience can help him next season.” “I still don’t think this is a disappointing season for City. They can still have a great season in the Premier League by finishing second to one of the best Manchester United teams Alex has had for a number of years.

“It’s not over yet. So don’t be fooled. If they win the rest of their games then it could be a fabulous season.”

For this game Newcastle have Fabricio Coloccini, Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote, Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, Davide Santon and Ben Arfa – so six first team starters are not available today.

Tim Krul has trained all week and he could be on the bench, and our squad is a lot stronger than it’s been all season, so we should still be able to put out a decent side today – and here’s what the starting line-up could look like:

Simpson Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa Perch
Gouffran Anita Cabaye (c) Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Gosling Bigirimana Williamson Marveaux Obertan Ameobi (Sh)

We have Gutierrez starting on the left wing instead of Marveaux, simply because of  the Argentine’s work-rate and ability to track back, and Perch and Anita could also switch positions too.

We know it’s going to be tough today, but we are also due some luck after all that happened against Wigan – so we’ll be very happy enough with a point.

And our readers are not too positive about getting much out of the game today either.

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At the very least we need a strong performance from the lads, and we need to be competitive,  and if we can get a point out of this game we’ll be pleased.

What’s you team for today?

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86 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Mar 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    we win this by 2 goals to 1

  • Tsunki

    Mar 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Its still not a bad team y’know. Anyway I will go as quickly as I arrived before the Cosmos Crew turn up 😉


    Mar 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    PERCHA as LB?????? I Rather Play Jonas At LB …






  • Graeme

    Mar 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    I think I would prefer to see Anita and Perchinho change places. Anita is a better FB and Perch is better at DM than at FB!!

    With a little bit of luck on our side I could see us take a point out of this one!! Maybe just delusional though lol

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s not a bad team at all but keeping Silva and Yaya along with all the others quiet is a job n a half.
    At the other end we need to score against Hart and that’s not easy either.
    I do however think we’ve got the quality to do it but the question is can we?
    Can we keep the ball for long enough?
    If we can’t keep the ball we’ll be exhausted at the 70 minute mark and they’ll score a few.
    Hope to get to see the game,heart rate will go up a lot and sweaty palms throughout but sure that’s what being a fan does to ya.
    Howay the lads

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Very tough game ,

    We can win , but will lose because Pardew will sit back and defend

    We have the players to really get at them, lets hope Pardew is having an off day lets the players off the leash

  • toonincheek

    Mar 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Catchy –
    I assume if ManC play as they can, keep possession
    and pin us mostly in our own half –
    it’s really all down to AP @sitting back and defending”?

    Get real.

  • tooninspain

    Mar 30, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Graeme….bang on with Anita at full-back. Please not Jonas there. Perch should be in the Tiote role.

  • toonbrother

    Mar 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    @catchy in norway spot on mate. if we have a go at them we give ourselves a chance of getting something out of the game. If we sit back and defend we will be defeating ourselves. Not sure what all this yaya toure hype is all about. Saw him at the African nations he isnt all that

  • martoon

    Mar 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #10

    catchy – you fail to realise that there are two teams in a game and they are both trying to to get on top of each other and push the other back – it is not simply down to Pardew’s tactics. It is inevitable if we play Man City away that there will be long periods of the game where we have to defend. Real games are not a simple as FIFA 13!

  • toonbrother

    Mar 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Pardew isnt dumb enough to play perch at lb and Anita in midfield.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Come On, cant beat that match day feeling. Lets get stuck into these muppets and show them we will be a match for anyone next season.



    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Guthierez or Anita will probably play at LB. I expect Marveaux to start. Pardew is quite adventurous when we play the big teams and he attacks them. Therefore, I expect Marveaux to start


    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #14

    I am expecting this team
    Simpson Taylor Mbiwa Guth/Anita
    Cabaye Anita/Perch
    Gouffran Sissoko Marveaux


    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    our last 6 games

    lost won lost won lost won

    following a pattern eh? Predicts a win if we carry on the same pattern.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #16

    come on guys

    OC there are 2 teams in the game , and i think your a fool to yourself if you think pardew is trying to get on top in any game,,

    in a very recent interview by john carver, he said pardew comes in on a monday with a defensive plan, they work on that for 4 days, then spend 1 day on the attacking side,

    in plain english, there more interested in stopping goals than scoring,,

    and it shows in the games, to many ov the teams at the bottom have looked like barca or real because we let them play there game,

    now listen to me,,

    i think we have a great squad,
    i think there not aloud to think for themselfs

  • saxonfenken

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #17

    catchy in norway and toonbrother
    You have your heads stuck in the sand, remember what happened at Man U, and Arsenal, going all out against good sides can be fatal in the last 20 mins.
    Don’t either of you realize that City have an exceptionally strong squad , and seldom get beaten at home. All you what to see is gung ho tactics whatever the cost, At least if we lose you will be happy, another chance to bang on about Pardew. I think by now we all know what you think about him please just give it a rest


    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #18

    I think I’d be much more confident if this was our team

    Simmo saylor m’biwa Anita
    ———Perch sissoko——–
    Jonas ——cabaye—– gouff

  • Ibizatoon - back by no demand

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Hi guys

  • bills-son

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Catchy – answer me two questions;

    One – if Pardew is such a bad manager as you claim why is it that the likes of Cabaye are recommending that other French players join us?

    Two – if Pardew is so defensive why is he signing attacking full backs like Debuchy and Santon and encouraging them (too much imo) to get forward?

    You are entitled to your opinion about Pardew but your constant whining about him is out of all proportion to his ability and commitment to NUFC.


    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Gutted wont b able to watch the match.. have to go to church 🙁

  • Tommyy

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #22

    I think Pardew’s a good manager but a poor coach. The players all seem to like him and often praise him, yet on the pitch we never see what we feel we should be seeing from these players. We need better coaches and leave Pardew to general and man management.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #23



    come on,, the only times we have attacked anyone, and used the natural ability of of team was those 2 games, and in both of those games i think we showed we have more thqan enough ability to get at teams,,
    i think it went pear shape with ARS because pardew got cold feet and said stop attacking, we all seen him say it,

    but if they had played like that, ( remember that was no where near our first team) against teams in the bottom half we would have much more points now


    1, pardew has no say in who comes into the club, if he did he would not be trying to turn attack minded players ( like jonas or cabaye) into defensive players, he would just get what he needed

    2, who else was in for them, ?

    3, we pay more than they got in france and have better tax, in france they pay 70%,, win win for them

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #24


    i agree, i think he is a nice guy, but we need someone who is a bit more tougher for the team,,

    pardew has his faves , and by playing them, he is letting the team down,

  • Tommyy

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #25

    Also looks as though Anita is struggling to make the grade here, which is a shame as I thought he looked good early season. I still maintain he’s a better option alongside Cabaye, than Tiote.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #26



    not many players had anything bad to say about JFK, saylor was talking all the time about how good he was as a coach,,

    what do we read into that,, as far as i could see, and nearly every other fan, he was poor,,

    we are not 15th for no reason

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #27


    i like anita,,

    he is a much better option than a few players in the team or have been in the team,,

    jonas, tiote,, perch,, simpson , gets over loooked 🙁


    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #28

    no we are 15th because we were plagued with injuries and suspensions also, you cant blame solely pardew

  • bills-son

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Catchy says Pardew has no say in who comes into the club …

    Ha, ha, ha … the stupidest statement Catchy has EVER come out with.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #30

    Catchy…My memory is playing tricks on me, so please help me out. Last years 5th finish was down to luck, this years “current” position of 15th is just down to Pardew being out of his depth, that’s right, isn’t it?

  • bills-son

    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Ibaza @ 30, I’ve made exactly the same point to Catchy before.

    It’s a classic case of fitting the ‘facts’ to substantiate his opinion of Pardew. His ‘fact’ that ‘defebsive useless Pardew’ has no say in transfers is used to answer why we sign attacking full backs like Debuchy and Santon. What nonsense.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Catchy – Percy does have a say as to who is signed by the club. The entire process was described in an interview with Graham Carr months ago. You need to re-check your “facts”.

  • JackButler

    Mar 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Anything from todays game would be a massive bonus, especially with the amount of injuries we have

  • toontillidie

    Mar 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #34

    my squad for today would be:

    Simmo————-Tayls (S)————M’Biwa———-Perchinho
    ———————- Cabs———-Anita————————–

    Subs: – Krul – Bigi – Gosling – Marvs – Obertan – Campbell – Shola

  • JackButler

    Mar 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Mam U 1-0 up 😀

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Mar 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #36

    dont understand putting anita cdm and perch lb, when perch is our most in form cdm and anita played a season at lb for ajax

  • boater

    Mar 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #37

    I am increasingly of the opinion that Pardew’s time is up at NUFC, as losing games without a fight has become so imbedded this season it may be impossible to reverse – without a change in leader.

    Catchy is right about the transfers being out of his jurastiction – which is actually a healthy thing for any club in the long run, but does the argument about Pardew OUT absolutely no favours as he is completely blinkered and unable to mount a fair and reasoned argument.


    Mar 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #38

    haha titus bramble own goal !!!!


    Mar 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Nice 1 titas

  • Goodfella

    Mar 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Classic Titus bramble


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