The last four times we have played Manchester City at home in the league we have lost, and in our relegation season, back in October of 2008 we drew 2-2, but we had Habib Beye sent off after 14 minutes in that game, and came back from behind to go 2-1 ahead but City equalized with just four minutes to go – when Stephen Ireland scored – but it was a very good performance from our lads.
Alan Pardew - under pressure again
And to bring back the memories – this is the team that started the game, and of course we were being managed by Joe Kinnear at the time.
Shay Given, Habib Beye, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt (c), Danny Guthrie, Geremi, Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, David Edgar, Jose Enrique, Charles N’Zogbia, Xisco, Andy Carroll
After three successive defeats Newcastle face Manchester City again on Sunday, in the early kick-off game, and Alan Pardew is due to give his press conference today for the game, after seemingly lying low this week after the disaster on Saturday, when we lost to Cardiff City in the FA Cup.
But Newcastle seem to do well when they are not expected to, and do poorly when we are expected to win.
The last two games – defeats against West Brom and Cardiff were against sides that had two cumulative wins in their last 20 games, and yet both were able to beat the Magpies.
Since Newcastle are not expected to win on Sunday, and with the players and the manager wanting to make up for the last three games, and especially the two previous defeats, the stage could be set for another shock at Newcastle – but this time on the positive side.
But after saying that, don’t let that sway you in your vote, and you could pretend you have £1M on the outcome of the game – that should do it.
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