Since Alan Pardew arrived at Newcastle we have played Manchester City seven times, and Newcastle have a perfect record so far of seven defeats, and in the last 14 games against City, we have lost 13 of them, and two in three fans in our poll on the expected result, think we’ll lose the game today.
Alan Pardew – wants to finish higher than 5th place
So what does that tell you?
Well, it tells us that we are due a win, and that’s even possible if Newcastle play at or near their best, and after all Alan Pardew and the players have had a full eight days to prepare for this game, after our defeat against Cardiff City and yesterday.
And even West Ham managed to beat Cardiff 2-0 in South Wales yesterday for their first win in eight games.
The performance of the Newcastle team last Saturday was simply unacceptable, and we are hoping we get a good reaction from the lads today.
Alan Pardew had this to say in the Express today about today’s game:
“We need a Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran or Moussa Sissoko to have an extra special day.” “What you need is the wind in the right direction, the sun on your back, the referee to be living in Durham or somewhere.”
“Actually, I better be careful with that after Brendan Rodgers’ comments!” “You need all the elements to go your way, even if you play well, to beat City with the form they’re in.”
“I want to finish higher than fifth. That’s my best finish as a manager in the Premier League, and I want to beat that. Can I do it this year? I’m going to try. Can the club do that? Yeah, why not?’’
“I don’t dread playing City, but we haven’t really come close in the league against them.” “In the cup, I thought we had a good chance but we couldn’t quite get the goal.”
“It would be nice to run them tight and get a result.” “This game is a bit like the one here recently with Arsenal.”
“There were a lot of comments coming out of Arsenal when they played us that it was a game they hadn’t always won over the last three or four years, and it was a watershed performance.”
“I’ve seen that said by some of their senior players, like Mathieu Flamini.” “It might be for Man City, too. If they can beat us it might be a watershed moment in terms of their away form.”
“But we’re certainly going to give it a good go. We’re pretty good at throwing a spanner in the works.’’
Newcastle are well placed in the league even after two league defeats in a row, and we are in 8th place with 33 points from 20 games, but 10 points above 10th placed Hull City, so unless there is a dramatic collapse in the last 18 games of the season, we should be at least finish in the top half of the table.
But the teams above us like Everton (who signed Newcastle target Aiden McGeady yesterday), Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United all won yesterday.
It will not be a disaster if we lose today and put in a good performance, but then we have to get wins at West Ham, Norwich City and at home to Sunderland, in the next thee games, against sides fighting relegation and in the bottom six in the league.
And West Ham and Sunderland both won yesterday, and in fact Sunderland now have three wins on the trot in all competitions.
9 points in those three games will see Newcastle flying high – even if we lose today to a very powerful Manchester City side – that’s Newcastle’s upcoming challenge.
If we are finish in the top four we need 9 points from the next four games – that’s for sure.
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