Newcastle vs Manchester City – Match Preview

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Newcastle do not have a good record against Manchester City over the last several seasons, and we have already lost to the best side money can buy this season, once in the league when we were taken apart 4-0 in the very first game of the season at the Etihad, and then in the Capital One Cup when we lost 2-0 in extra time at home.

And another statistic which is a little daunting is that we’ve lost 13 of the last 14 games against City, and the only non-defeat was in our relegation season  when we drew 2-2 at St. James’ Park after right back Habib Beye had been sent off after only 14 minutes.

Alan Pardew and the players are fully aware of how difficult the game will be this afternoon, as Alan had this to say about the game earlier in the week:

“You see things that always help in games, whether it’s negative or positive,” “There were some things that went on in games that we can’t replicate.”

“There were times where they shot themselves in the foot – we can’t afford to do that.” “You have to say the core of that team – Hart, Kompany, Toure and Negredo – is the best spine of any team in the Premier League,”

“We have to cope with that. Yaya Toure, in full flow, is very difficult to stop. Having said that, so is Loic Remy when the ball’s at his feet, and Yohan Cabaye when he’s looking for a pass.”

“There are some things you can’t control, and there are some things that you can control.” “What we mustn’t do is keep giving them the ball – because ultimately, we’d get beat.”

“Possession is going to be important.” “We’ve done that well against the top teams. It was pretty even against Arsenal and Man United.”

“Chelsea was even, and Spurs was probably the only one we’ve won where possession wasn’t even, and that was only in one half.”   “Against Man City you can’t afford to have a half like that.” “We have to have an intelligence about how we take them on.”

The good news is that Alan Pardew and the squad have been quietly training all week, and the manager will have  a plan as to how we can win the game, and we just have to hope that plan is a good one, as it was against Chelsea, and it can be executed almost perfectly by the players.

That’s what’s needed today if we are to get a result,   and a draw would be a good result for Newcastle.

As far as the team is concerned Coloccini is still out because of a knee injury, and Mathieu Debuchy is suspended, and there is a doubt about Davide Santon, who has a thigh strain.

Everybody else is fit and ready to go, including Tim Krul and Yohan Cabaye, who missed the game against Cardiff  City last Saturday through injury.

This could be the team that Alan starts today in a 4-3-3 formation, assuming Santon doesn’t make it:

Yanga-Mbiwa Williamson Taylor(S) Haidara
Tiote (c)  Cabaye Anita
Sissoko Remy Gouffran
Subs: Elliot Dummett Ameobi (Sa) Ben Arfa Ameobi (Sh) Cisse Marveaux

Let is know what team you would start today.

If Santon is fit he will start at left back in place of Massadio.

This is a game we hope we can avoid losing, because that would be our 4th defeat on the trot, and if we do lose today we’ll have the doom and gloomers out in force again – anything but that – please.

And it’s not too surprising that not many fans think we can win this game – so it’s a good situation for the players to shock us big time on the upside.

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Newcastle are not expected to get anything out of this game, let’s be honest, so we probably shouldn’t over-react too much if we do lose and the lads give a good account of themselves.

But then the next three games at West Ham, Norwich and at home to Sunderland are against relegation threatened sides, and we must win all those games.

Howay The Lads!!

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88 comments so far

  • Newcastleforlife

    Jan 12, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    we are safe and it requires a great run to reach the europe…
    if i was pardew , i will put up my best attacking team ut there and say guys ‘ we have nothing to loose. ‘
    we can win millions of geirdie hearts if we qualify for CL.

    ben10 ur new contract and plane ticket for brazil are up for grabs.. no tracking back but play for the team…

    we should be playing 4-3-3 irrespective of opposition..

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    We are what we average mid table outfit…especially when we have WIllo/Saylor as CB’s..and look at the state of the bench apart from HBA…MC to win 4-0 again

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jan 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    just think if it wasn’t for Mike Ashley Man City wouldn’t be were they are now

  • John Tudor

    Jan 12, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    mark almond acquired a taste for that

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jan 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Man City will push the defensive line high up because they know we play deep and on the counter , they will use an explosive 4-4-2 against us, high pressure and attacking will leave us cramped in our own half which Man City will exploit.

    we need to play them in our terms to get any results against them 4-3-3 pressing and attacking with our defensive line push up will cause concern for Man City leaving them to sit deep and hit us on a counter.

    but then again this is the way how i would play against any team but this is Pardew team not mine

  • Douglas

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    If only the arabian lot would bid for the club.

  • sparky55

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7


    That’s exactly how I would approach it.

    When you look at our back four for today and midfield against their midfield and attack then all anyone can think with an ounce of unbias common sense is we’re gonna get mothered out there today…

    …and certainly only an absolute mug of a manager would conceivably think “we’ll try to contain them for an hour and then catch them on the break” …but unfortunately ours might.

    We have to go for it today…we can’t go for containment…I’d much rather we went down all blazing like against man u away last year than go down like we did against them at their place at the beginning of the season.

    there’s no embarrassment about losing to man city because they’re so good…the embarrassment can only be in the manner of the defeat so we have go after them

    I would put sissoko in the middle with Tiote and Cabs with gouffy and benny on the flanks and remy up front with santon right back if fit, haidara on the left with williamson and mbiwa in the middle

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8


    Are you guys nuts?

    If we played 433 we will get spanked, the thing about Citeh is the power and force they have available in their midfield which means we need to pack out our midfield with a 5 man formation to reduce space and then counter.

    we can’t go toe to toe with this lot or we will get rolled over, we need to pressure, close down space and play intelligently today, if we are to win we can not play pretty football against this lot, we need to frustrate, with the exception of Silva and Nasri there midfielders are 6ft + powerhouses… that’s were the game will be won or lost!

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Pardew will probably play a 4-4-2 with Shola linked up top with Remy like he did against them in the cup, Pardew will see this as getting a result and will utilizes this style again.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Krul To Be Kind

    so i guess you wouldn’t use my style like i stated on post 5?

  • bollance

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Black and white

    Your footballing knowledge is second to none, if only u were in charge we would be challenging for the title every year despite having a limited budget in comparison to top 5 prem clubs. 😉

    Swansea only 3 points above relegation. However, they will have enough to be safe as they have lost a lot 1-0 and been a little unlucky. Fine margins in the league can be the difference between winning and losing.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Reading the last thread, I guess it’s a good thing Pardew wants to finish higher than 5th 🙂

    …you should always reach for the sky (will make it easier to reach for the ceiling 🙂 )

  • jazzyp

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #13

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew // Jan 12, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    To all of you we are being linked with alot of players!

    …doesn’t mean anything until there id something formal and concrete on the table. Until then it is just yet another rumor!
    Jesper im not being funny mate but I find that a bit patronising dude.Do you think were all stupid and just jump on the bandwagon as soon as a player’s name is tied with nufc
    Give your head a shake pal and stop taking the high ground with fellow bloggers.
    Rant over…..morning guys !!

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Krul To Be Kind

    having a 5 midfield will leave us sitting deep and no chance of a counter

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15


    if i was in charge we would win CL & PL in 1 season 😉 someday though it could happen when i pass my FA coaching course

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Jazzyp…wasn’t meant with any disrespect mate…if it came along that way I do apologies!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    …but alot of posters on here do cater a bit too much to what the news media are saying (I know people can spin a thought of their own, I was merely asking people do do so)

  • jazzyp

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    No need to apologies pal.Its just there is to many regular bloggers on here that love nothing more than to patronise and put people down,Just because they may be intellectually a cut above.
    I didn’t want you to go down that path to the dark side buddy that’s all

  • martoon

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Sorry Ed but I dont follow your logic:
    “If Santon is fit he will start at left back in place of Massadio, and we think Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will get the nod in central defense over local lad Steven Taylor”
    So who plays at right back?

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Santon Willo Mbiwa Haidara
    Tiote Cabs
    Sissoko Ben10 Gouffy

    Bench: Elliot, Stevie, Anita, Marv, Sammy, Cisse, Shola.

    Or anita if santon doesn’t make it, with gosling on the bench. Don’t want steven taylor near this team.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #21

    Jazzyp…message received mate 🙂

    …I wouldn’t want to go down that road either mate – but it can be a hurdle at times waking up and logging in here lol

  • geordiemark

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #22

    am going for 2-1 to the toon ive got a bit of faith left 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #23

    It would make much more sense if all the people who constantly slate Pardew would direct their anger toward the guy who hired him, hung him out to dry then gave him an unprecedented eight year contract and is more than happy with his mediocre brand of football.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #24

    im going to say we are in for a hammering today


    i fully agree, at the end of the day, the buck stops at 1 person,

    for being a billion air , the guy is a total nugget,

    sunderland are turning the corner, if we do lose against them, i hope pardew walks, if he does not, it will only show the guy values money more than his own pride, and the passion of all the NUFC fans

  • bishopblaize

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Its starting to break me seeing the forward line appear week after week. Can’t understand how we haven’t developed any of our youngsters through the ranks (they coming on really well until Pards has put his WKD Spell on em)

    I’d rather see a clear out more than a buying in, as the management still seem to play the old which don’t benefit the new.

    I do say we have a canny squad in the making BUT we kept some s***e at a time when we got rid of good 🙁

    How’s Ryan Taylor coming on? Miss him

  • jazzyp

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Newcastle have been cleared to sign Holland star Siem de Jong after he confirmed plans to leave Ajax this month. The Magpies have been tracking De Jong for months, and made an enquiry into his availability over the summer.The 24-year-old ruled out a transfer then, but he has now confirmed plans to leave Ajax, and Newcastle are back in the race for the player.

    ‘I plan to leave Ajax,’ he told the Dutch media. That is my intention. I am ready for a new challenge.’

    De Jong has 18 months left on his current deal and Ajax are keen to do business as soon as possible. It’s thought that Newcastle have been kept up to date with the situation – and plan to test the water with a £5million offer in the coming days.

    Ajax are believed to want closer to £8million, but De Jong’s admission that he is desperate to depart has weakened their hand.
    Would be an unbelievable buy for this figure,Cabella and Siem de jong for around £15 million is a snip and could easily be recouped with the sale of Cisse-Gutti-Marvs and obertan. This would mean no outlay whatsoever and would bring 2 more first teamers to the squad instead of fringe players,That add nothing to the team

  • ERER

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #27

    If we end up nabbing Siem De Jong, Luuk De Jong and Cabella this window then HOLY ****
    we would have a very impressive team.

    Does JFK speak fluent dutch ?
    Might be the reason I can’t understand a word he says.

  • Graeme

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #28

    If we play like we did in the FA Cup, we will get spanked; If we play like we did against Manure, we may just pull something out of the bag.
    If we can keep their goals scored under 5, we will have done well. Bambi should be no closer than the bench, Saylor should be at home enjoying his lunch.

    We need Williamson & Mbiwa to start – having Collo sidelined for this game is actually to our advantage, Shitty would run him ragged. I would love us to fight like hero’s and get a draw, just cant see us winning this one, unfortunately.

    The threat posed by our visitors and Manager greatly outweigh the threat posed by our equivalent – their 1st team cost almost as much as our club lol.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Doesn’t Siem and Remy C play in the same position?

  • SharpEnough23

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Got a feeling willo is gonna score today!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #31


    NUFC FOR SALE // Jan 12, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    WHO CARES?????????

    Our season is over.

    We have a manager who wouldn’t know good football if it kicked him in the @rse

    We are not going to invest enough to push for a top 4 spot.

    Why be bothered about the rest of the season??? There is nothing to get excited about at NUFC and never will with this owner and especially this manager.

    Pardew the most inept manager I have known in my time.

    Fair enough we’re out the cups…..fair enough we’re not going to challenge top 4…….but if we played decent football I could understand people wanting to go an watch and give a sh#t…but we don’t.

    We play the most drab style of football I have seen at St James Park in the last 20 years.

    All we have to look forward to under Pardew is another derby defeat and mediocre football

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #32

    Greame…Christmas is over mate 😉 there id alot of things I would want as well but that is not going to happen.

    …I’ll tell you this Pardew sure can surprise me it is just a shame he is twice as inconsistent as our players (sorry Jail I just don’t see the point in blaming Ashley for Pardews shortcomings…it would be like blaming Ashleys mother for given birth to him)

    Pardew is grown man and he accepted the job! The buck stops with him…it might started with Ashley!

  • jazzyp

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #33

    Siem de jong can either play as an out and out striker or through the middle
    Cabella can either play out wide or through the middle of the park
    Personally would love to have that problem in the ranks rather than relying on the incumbent shola and benny.
    Was discussing with Ibiza lastnight on benny, He’s such a talent but is so inconsistent. One minute he has you off your seat in the ground in awe the next he has you screaming in anger
    I guess that’s what you get with a flawed genius

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #34


    Stop talking sense, this is Pardew we’re on about ! Allardyce and Pulis aside, the crummiest excuse for a manager in the league.

    Pardew and his ”containing”, 3 shots on goal football can take a hike.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #35

    Cant believe Man Utd are 4 points ahead of us now !

    Such a shame we never invested properly this summer as you only have to look at Everton to see what a bit of investment would have done to improve us

    I think Pardew would probably have liked Barry and Lukaku on loan which would have transformed our team as it has done for Everton hell even Huddlestone would have improved our midfield creativity

    Such a shame that this club will never reach its full potential under Ashley , thing is it would not even cost that much in investment for us to properly give the top 6 a go every season with our scouting network

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #36


    those 3 players would be awesome but we would still have pardew the problem as manager.

    Are those 3 as good as tevez and Mascherano and we all know what happened to them.

    Weren’t Cisse, Benny and Marveaux once good players?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #37


    Everton have hardly spent heavily, they just have a ”footballing” manager who has been very clever with loan signings and gives their fans smashing football to watch.

    We have one who drains and sucks the life out of football as a spectacle and who always looks not to lose rather than to win.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #38

    Its amazing how every player that comes to us gets pardewed !!
    Cabs-Krull-Colo-Willo-Ba must have all been resistant to Pardew’s spell as they have all thrived under the management structure.Not saying there happy with the way we play but have not gone backwards

  • Graeme

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #39

    Rotunda – my apologies mate – but it is Sunday lol

  • SharpEnough23

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #40

    How was ba “pardewed”….. The only decent football he’s played was under pardew


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