Manchester City vs Newcastle – Match Preview


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We have to tell the truth and say we have no idea how Newcastle will fare tonight against a very good Manchester City side at the Etihad Stadium in Newcastle’s first game of what is an extremely important season.

And Newcastle have never won at the Etihad – and Manchester City have yet to taste defeat against Newcastle in the last 13 meetings.

Newcastle have had a mediocre preseason and these are the results of those games:

DateOpponentsLocationResult
Tue - 16 July KO 7:00pmMotherwellFir ParkW 4-2
Sat - 20 July KO 6:00pmRio AveEstadio do Rio AveL 3-1
Tue - 23 July KO - 8:00pmPacos de FerreiraEstadio da Capital do MovelD 1-1
Sun - 28 July KO 3:00pmBlackpoolBloomfield RoadW 1-0
Tue - 30th July KO 7:30pmSt. MirrenLove StreetW 2-0
Tue - 6 August, 7:45pmRangersIbrox StadiumD 1-1
Sat - 10 August, KO 6:00pmSC BragaSt. James' ParkD 1-1

Bur pre-season form and results usually mean nothing – and Arsenal had a great pre-season, yet lost their first home game to Aston Villa on Saturday – and that was the first time they had lost their first home game since 1995.

This is what Alan Pardew about Newcastle’s lack of recent success against City:

“I don’t think there is a mental barrier. We’ve beaten all the big teams or at least taken points from them. ”

“City are the one big team we have never done well against, so it would be fantastic to bury that one as well.”

It seems that Davide Santon is indeed injured, so that Yanga-Mbiwa will get the start at left back and we’re assuming that Jonas has recovered from his leg injury – so this is the likely side for tonight’s game:

Krul
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa
Ben Arfa Tiote Cabaye Sissoko Gutierrez
Cisse
Subs: Elliot Dummett Anita Marveaux Ameobi (S) Gouffran Ameobi (Sh)

One surprise in the section by the Newcastle manager could be in goal, where it’s possible that Rob Elliot could get the start, since Tim Krul has not played too much in pre-season.

The key to the game tonight is that the Newcastle defense can play very well and not make any daft mistakes – like giving away a penalty for instance.

There’s no doubt our defense has been our big weakness over the last three seasons, and we have to do better this season – but the two French full-backs are new arrivals this year.

And we don’t have too many goalscorers at the moment, and we’ll have to rely on Papiss Cisse scoring a few goals for the Magpies, while Loic Remy is out for another three weeks or so – but Shola has looked in good form in pre-season and scored four good goals – so there’s some hope there.

And when Yohan Cabaye plays well Newcastle generally also do very well, so the French International is again a key player for Newcastle tonight, and Yohan has looked sharp again over the summer.

Any result Newcastle can get tonight, be it a draw or a win, would be great, but the very last thing we want to see is a defeat – a big defeat. 🙁

That would not be good to say the least – and it would quickly bring further levels of depression to Tyneside.

Let’s know what team you would start tonight, and also how you think we’ll fare tonight.

How Will Newcastle Fare At Manchester City?

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440 comments so far

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Very hard to predict for sure. I was intrigued to see what people really think as there were several people very vocal about us being in relegation trouble but actually only 3 people have predicted that our of about 30, 2 of those had us surviving and 1 admitted he was “depressed” when he made the prediction…

    Most people have us finishing between 8th and 12th.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Tds

    I am personally unhappy as I believe with 2/3 more signings and a better manager (I know a touchy subject either side of the fence) the I think we aren’t too far away from a strong challenge on the top 4-6 places.

    But I really doubt well get those signings or a change in manager so I am predicting 10th as we have quality just lack consistency and good around team play, we do have a few match winners though who can turn a game alone.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    I reckon Pardew will play this team tonight :

    ——————————Krul——————————–

    –Debuchy——–Taylor——–Collocini——–M’biwa–

    —-HBA———-Cabaye———-Tiote————Guti—-

    ——————————Sissoko—————————

    ——————————–Cisse—————————–

    Not what I would play but what can you do ?

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  • sparky55

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Only with the caviat pardew is replaced.

    If he doesn’t get sacked then same as this year…17th if we’re lucky

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  • JackButler

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Lets give a good showing tonight, we can’t sit back and try to contain them or they’ll rip us apart…………..time for Pardew to step up and show that he’s leant his lessons from last season

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  • Jamiemac

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    He better not play bloody Elliott in goal

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #7

    On tonight’s game…no idea. Going to find a nice sports bar abroad to watch it in, even a thumping won’t ruin my time away.

    I think we will lose but no shame in that against a league contender and home. As long as we put up a good fight that’s all we should ask, any points are a bonus.

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  • Rainrix

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #8

    TDS… I dont think we’ll go down. I think people that do are hypernegative or a bit oblivious to other teams, especially after this weekend. Hull and Crystal palace were really poor in their opening games. I know they played good teams but the ease at which they were taken apart was telling. Defoe pretty much strolled past 5 palace players without breaking a sweat.

    Quite simply there are much worse teams than us in the league. Im not expecting much else other than survival but tbh something would have to go apocalyptically wrong for us to go down.

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  • marc

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #9

    think i see how we play tonight againest one of the big teams before jugding

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #10

    When Pardew says something optimistic, people moan and call him deluded.

    When Pardew then says something like “We haven’t strengthened well”, people say he’s making excuses and “admitting defeat before we’ve started” and being negative.

    When he says we have a strong squad, he’s a liar and he’s deluded and he’s a puppet.

    I don’t want the guy as our manager, not one tiny bit, but the comments on here from certain people are just so pathetic. It’s reminiscent of picking on people in the school playground, and it’s sad that people spend good portions of their days reading interviews and finding ways to twist it.

    There’s so many issues with our club that you don’t need to make them up. Doing that, to me, just undermines the real issues – and I’m sure Ashley won’t care one little bit as long as all the abuse is directed at the manager on internet forums, rather than at the root of the problem.

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  • sparky55

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Sissoko played DM for tolouse FFS…why does everyone have him as an attacking midfielder or no 10…does my head in!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12

    sparky55

    Try telling that to Pardew as he see’s him as a No#10 and a right winger

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Transfer Sage

    I think we’re some distance away from the top 6 sadly. I think we’re about on a par with Everton and there are lots of clubs with new players who aren’t too far behind us either. Clubs like Saints could either completely bomb or their new players could just be amazing and they could finish above us. Sadly there are several clubs in that position…

    People are always saying “with a better manager” but that’s always the case…I’d love to have a manager who is actually a truly world class manager who can pull the club up to meet his ambitions and status, but sadly there aren’t too many managers willing to meet that challenge. If only there was another SBR around…

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #14

    @ Sparky

    If you look I said team that Pardew will play, not how I would line them up. Most people know he isn’t a number 10 or a winger but Pardew seems to know something we don’t .

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #15

    I would go for:-

    ————————Krul

    Debuchy——-collo——–m’biwa——–santon

    sissoko——–tiote———-cabaye——–jonas

    ————–ben arfa
    —————————-cisse

    We need guiterrez to help protect santon when gets forward, same with sissoko and debuchy, and ben arfa can have a free role around cisse

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Sparky/butler
    Maybe because its not pardew it’s sissoko that has said on countless occasions he’s a CAM
    And no he didn’t play solely as a CDM for Toulouse he varied from a box to box midfielder and even played a fair few games RM/RW

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Rainrix

    I agree. Relegation is a real long shot! Some people are just plain miserable. I wouldn’t even accept a bottom half finish, Pardew would have to go if that happens.

    Just interesting to get people’s predictions for the season. A couple of people last night were slagging off the manager and the club but refused to make an actual prediction.

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  • RooneyToons

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Sparky 55

    Because he can’t tackle for toffee something essential for a premiership defensive midfielder.

    Don’t forget his performances from AM when he first joined. He looked exhausted near the end of the season

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  • Jonty

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Having read this blog on a regular basis over the summer I have been put off contributing due to the vast amount of comments which I can only describe as juvenile and abusive on a daily basis. Some no doubt from rogue mackems but the majority will be from fellow Newcastle fans. I am no mad Pardew fan but I do not support getting rid of him. What ever he says he’s criticised. He can’t win. I mix with loads of toon fans and can honestly say the vast vast majority support him.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #20

    I would probably pack the midfield today and go with:

    ——————————Krul——————————–

    –Debuchy——–Taylor——–Collocini——–M’biwa–

    ———-Sissoko———–Tiote———-Cabaye———-

    ——————-HBA—————Marveaux————-

    ——————————Cisse—————————–

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  • gazzaforever

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Spark55 , agree, not only Pardew but many lads here put Sissoko CAM or winger (not big papa cisse who were just guessing pardew’s stupid lineup). i would play hba cisse marv against City. Best defense is attacking.

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  • gazzaforever

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Perfect lineup , big papa cisse. Wont happen though.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #23

    tads

    I don’t see him as a defensive midfielder as he’d be wasted or a No#10 has he’s simply not creative enough. He needs to be box to box, covering the defence when we don’t have possession and backing up our attacking play

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  • Belfast

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m predicting 12th/13th.
    All depends on what type of start we have. Anything tonight is a bonus like. If we where to lose the next few games it could set the tone for the whole season.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #25

    i’ll bet anyone that this is the line up. no chance it will be something else

    …………………krul…………………
    deb…..sayls….colo………MYM
    HBA…..cabs….tiote…..sissoko
    ………..gouf…..cisse…………….

    but it should be:

    same back 5, if santon is injured

    ……….sissoko….anita……….
    ……………..cabs…………………
    HBA…….cisse………….goof

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  • martoon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    I think tonights match will be similar to yesterdays Chelsea Hull match: we’ll be completely overwhelmed in the first half and go a couple of goals down then hopefully City will take their foot off the pedal and we’ll come back into the match but unlike Hull maybe we can sneak a goal or two.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #27

    JB
    I’m not disagreeing mate, just saying its hard to solely give pards stick seeing as the player says he sees himself as a CAM and its his preferred position, just like Benny and Marv have

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  • Mint

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #28

    We played mint when it was a front 3 of Ba, Cisse, BenArfa

    So, why not put Shola on for the departed Ba? Surely that would make us as good in attack as our 5th place season?

    Man City – they are already under pressure to win to join Chelsea and Man U at the top. They will be cagey, we can nick a 1:1 draw!!!

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #29

    TDS, I think you’re being simplistic mate. I used to like Pardew – fopr good reason. He analysed teams well, tactically he decided what he wanted and prepared the team each week accordingly. All good. And he man manages well. But he was badly expsed last season as an over defensive manager with a ready line in excuses, and his players didnt seem that bothered for him. Southampton will stroll past us this season I think ( new striker for them yesterday might help ) and Norwich will possibly be better too. Main main beef with Pardew is that he doesnt get enough out of some very good players . Thats the bottom line. Re my “simplistic” comment , there has to be a half way house between a Pardew and a Bobby Robson surely? I know u wont confuse me with some mouthy young fella slagging people off here. I’ve supported NUFC for about 38 years . HTL.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Martoon
    Agree that it will take us a while to get settled into the game tonight, but I still simply can’t see where the goals will come from this season, we still look unbelievably lacklustre in the final third with no flowing play or creativity linking the midfield and attack

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #31

    mint

    are you serious??

    how would shola provide width? pace? attacking impetus? the obvious choice would be gouffran. shola??? really dude? as a LW?

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  • martoon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Jonty @19 – Completely agree most fans think he is an OK manager who is severely hampered by MA’s lack of spending. As I’ve said before Pardew is obliged to give several interviews before & after a match with reporters who are constantly trying to trip him up and say something contraversial – he is bound to slip up sometime.

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  • Jamiemac

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #33

    I like that team BPC

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  • Macas

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #34

    How is Sissoko suited to be a DM? Does anyone saying this actually watch him play? I can’t remember him making a tackle since he got here.

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  • SuperShearer

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Final position in league 11th
    Number of points in league 54
    League Cup round Quarter Finals
    FA Cup round 3rd
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) 3
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) 1
    Top goal scorer – Cisse
    Number of goals for top goal scorer – 15
    Month that AP is sacked (or not) Not
    New manager if AP is sacked – Kinnear

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #36

    ToonDarnSarf

    That prediction thing’s a good idea, cheers for making the effort.

    Final position in league 14th
    Number of points in league 46
    League Cup round Quarters
    FA Cup round 3rd
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) None
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) One more
    Top goal scorer Cisse
    Number of goals for top goal scorer 14
    Month that AP is sacked (or not) Not
    New manager if AP is sacked Lee Clarke

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #37

    i’ve been talking to a lot of friends lately too

    it’ll only work into Pelligrini’s hands how underrated he is. not many ppl i’ve spoken to think city has a chance at the league. i thoroughly disagree. he is a top, top manager, and unlike Mourinho, has proven he is capable of working at mid-table football clubs with significantly smaller budgets. he’s got them ready to go, i’m sure of it.

    meanwhile, down at Ibrox…..

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  • Mint

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #38

    @ mattyNUFC

    not as a left wing, but playing off Cisse. Ba wasnt to fast was he? But that three tore up defenses

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  • numba9

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #39

    It will be more ooof ball with socks doing the job of supporting sisse but not being able to get up there in time as we will be pinned back

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  • Klatoon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #40

    So has it been confirmed that Santon’s defo out of this game?

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