It’s the first home game after we lost to Sunderland on Sunday, and last season after we were beaten by Sunderland, we lost 6-0 against to Liverpool in our next home game, so let’s hope we do a lot better than that tonight – that;s a minimum requirement tonight.
Newcastle have some injured defenders, and both Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini are still out injured, and will probably also miss the league game at home to Chelsea on Saturday, and their injuries seem to expose a weakness in the Newcastle squad in central defense – well at least that’s what we think.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is available after serving his one match suspension for his red card against Liverpool, and it looks like he will partner the dependable Mike Williamson in defense tonight.
Alan Pardew will be resting some players, as he gives a chance to some of our fringe players, and this is what Alan said about the team he will play tonight:
“I do not think I am taking a risk by resting players. When you see the team, you will see it is a strong team, a physical team.” “I think when you play City you need to have good energy on the pitch because they work you as a team.”
“We had an emotional and physical game on Sunday and I think regardless of whether this was a Cup or Premier League game, I would be resting a couple for this game purely because of that.”
It’s difficult to know exactly what side the manager will play, although we know that Vurnon Anita and Papiss Cisse will definitely play tonight.
Here’s a side that Pardew could turn out tonight:
Debuchy Williamson Yanga-Mbiwa Dummett
Tiote (c) Sissoko Anita
Gouffran Cisse Marveaux
Subs: Elliot Santon Cabaye Ameobi (Sh) Obertan Ben Arfa Ameobi (Sa)
Some changes to that side could be Elliott in goal for Krul, and we’re still not sure of the status of Jonas Gutierrez, who may even start this game.
On Sunday 71% of Geordie fans expected Newcastle to beat Sunderland, but for tonight’s game only 15% of fans expect us to win the game and get through to the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup, and the betting on the game also heavily favors Manchester City.
Newcastle definitely need some good results in the next few games, but unfortunately we are up against top sides in City, Chelsea and Tottenham, so it will not be easy.
But it’s certain that a win tonight and a place in the quarter finals when the draw is made immediately after the game, would be a huge tonic to Newcastle fans.
And that’s exactly what we all need after a second successive defeat against Sunderland, and Mike Ashley doing some daft things again, like banning the local journalists from the media facilities at St. James Park, and the Benton Training grounds.
That’s another no win situation the Newcastle owner has created for himself, and another dumb decision from Mike Ashley.
We are hoping Newcastle can get past City tonight, to help lift the spirits of the Newcastle fans, but it’s going to be very difficult.