Sky Sports Pundit Gives Newcastle A Decent Chance At City

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp cites a couple of reasons why it may be possible for Newcastle to pull of a second successive shock win at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon. .

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Vincent Kompany – lots of injuries

The City defense has not been good all season and in particular their captain Vincent Kompany at center-back has not had a very good season.

While Jamie predicts a 2-1 win for City, in what he says is a must-win game for the reigning Premier League Champions, he sso adds the game will not be straight forward.

This is some of Jamie has said in his analysis of the game:

“The problem for City has been the home form. They’ve picked up 10 fewer home points than Chelsea this term, and nine fewer than they picked up at the Etihad at this point last season.”

“But City have problems at the back, and it’s not like they have no defensive guard. Fernando and Fernandinho played against Arsenal and they still looked like giving away plenty of chances.”

“Vincent Kompany has had his injuries this season, but he has struggled with them for years and has still come back strong.”

“This year his confidence is really low, and when the leader in the team is lacking belief it rubs off on the rest of the players.”

“Newcastle will believe that City will give them chances. “City had a decent team out when Newcastle beat them 2-0 earlier in the season in the Capital One Cup fourth round.”

“That was their first win at the Etihad in 12 attempts and despite being a mid-table team, they show glimpses. This won’t be straightforward.”

Newcastle have won once and lost eleven of the last 12 games with City, so we are probably even due another win at the Etihad Stadium.


And certainly something like a shock win is exactly what John Carver needs if he is to push his claims to be the permanent head coach in the summer.

So you never really know what could happen this afternoon,  especially if Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez are in good goal scoring form and the defense is solid.

Here’s hoping. 😀

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98 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 21, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t forget our master plan and secret tactics dungeon Jamie!

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    you would imagine if carver is named long term that ST’s would absolutely bomb,, even with our fans who will accept any c–p.

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 21, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t forget before this game carver’s said that their form (think he meant home form) has been good. 1 win in four or five I believe. That’s not great really is it for megabucks citeh. No doubt we’ll hear it after we get a trouncing aswell.

    To add to my reasons as why stoneage shouldn’t be anywhere near the forwards. Imagine your a player and listening to stoneage drone on and on about something he knows nothing about then imagine shearer or beardo teaching them or any decent forward for that matter. Doesn’t compare.

    Small margins make a massive difference especially where putting the ball in the onion bag is concerned.

  • magpie6699

    Feb 21, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    We have 2 chances of winning today. Fat chance and no chance!

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 21, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    If we get anything out of this game it will be a complete fluke. We have a completely clueless manager and probably not one player who’d make it into a PL top fifty. We play without guts and determination altogether, and never show a genuine will to win. Of course that starts at the top and filters down.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Not very confident about the match! Specially as they have Bony! Willo and Colo can’t get near him in previous games and occupying him is possibly going to give Aguero a lot of space.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 21, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #7

    I can see them getting to 3-0 and then switching off. After all, they’ve got bigger fish to fry than likes of us. They won’t need to raise a sweat to pick up three points.

  • Bri

    Feb 21, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    i imagine we will give it a go but once we go a goal down the team will capitulate.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Feb 21, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Colo & Willo vs Aguero & Bony should be fun.

    What a difference getting he right billionaire makes.

  • firebug666

    Feb 21, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Well enough with all this negativity, let’s try and be positive! I am:

    I am positive we will lose today, we will be lucky to get out of our own half.

    I am positive John Carver is a complete imbecile, he will not have the tactical nouse to get the better of Man City.

    I am positive that under carver we will drop down the league, (not relegation) not this season.

    I am positive that Lee Charnley will be fawning around Ashley’s feet, and kissing his shoes after receiving a pat on the head for his January transfer business.

    I am positive that our once proud football club is ferked.

    So come on people let’s all stay positive.

  • midweek weekend

    Feb 21, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    In recent games it’s been highlighted just how bad willo is with people like him playing we’ll never win, 3-0 4-0 or worse, the only positives are the fat one will leave one day and maybe some ambitious will lead us somewhere more than 10th

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 21, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Personally I’m finding it hard to post ATM as most of the stuff coming out the club is infuriating.

    When Carver and Charnley are scratching each other’s backs are they naked?

    I’m quite sick of all the tripe that comes out of their mouths and to be honest would be happy for the club to be silent.

    The fans are mushrooms!
    Kept in the dark and fed on sh1t, and I’m sick of their drivel!

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 21, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #13

    I have so little faith in Carver I’m going for 4-0 to Citeh.

    With the same team selection and a similar performance to the one at Palace it could be grim to watch!

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 21, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Fab the Fairy and Pussy Willo should be good for a goal each to Citeh. And they’ll only need about three shots on target for at least one of them to get past, or through, or over, or under, Tim “Clangers” Krul.

  • lesh

    Feb 21, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15


    From an earlier post.

    If the truth were told, we’d learn that Charnley’s attempts at landing a new Head Coach amounted to nothing more than going through the motions.

    He tried there is no doubt but did he try to line someone up to even start in the summer? I believe not – it’s been a charade from the start and probably at Ashley’s insistence with Charnley doing his best to show his boss what a clever boy he is.

    Charnley’s being hung out to dry, is clearly out of his depth and must share the responsibility of relegation either this season or next.

    Of course, Ashley’s recklessness in allowing such incompetence makes him ultimately responsible for the fiasco that is Newcastle United.

  • lesh

    Feb 21, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #16

    And yet more drivel from motor mouth…..

    Will he ever shut up or will anyone at the club advise him to do so.

    He’s heading for a nasty fall and he’ll get no sympathy from me.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #17

    …and as lesh says, anyone going along with this is ad accountable (we are talking about legally grown-ups here)

    As someone said earlier JC is just looking out for himself. He is just playing the Geordie card, which in my book makes him a fake because his allegiance should be to us and not mini-Ashley!

    He has sold himself to the devil…and for what price!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #18

    The best thing for Newcastle would be to ask JC, Stone and Woodman to pack their backs!

  • Novocastrian66

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #19

    We’ll get humped tonight.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Imagine Redknapp is bigging it up as a close game as it’s live on sky (who pay his wages), we are clearly gonna get trounced

  • mindshaft

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m not blaming carver although he’s shown nothing to prove he’s up to the job, who wouldn’t take the job in his position and I guess he’s doing his best.

    The blame lies squarely with the two rotund gets who failed to get a manager / coach through the door

  • toon kk

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #22

    We’ll get f-ing ripped apart by a premier league team, we’re no better than a league 1 team these days.

  • toon kk

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #23

    We’re actually laughable.
    Joke club.

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Toon KK

    Laughable but a cruel joke!

  • firebug666

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m very optimistic for tonights game lads, I think we will only get beat 5 – 0.

  • tenpointnine

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Obertan @9

    “What a difference getting he right billionaire makes”

    Nicely put!

  • toon kk

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #27

    pleased to see someone is being very positive!!!!!

  • firebug666

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #28

    toon kk

    It’s always good to have a positive view of things, 😀

    I’m really hoping our team surprises us tonight and actually plays football. Let’s face it if we can string two passes together it’s an improvement.

    Maybe the kids might have passed on some experience and advice over lunch the other day.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #29

    ” Imagine your a player and listening to stoneage drone on and on about something he knows nothing about ”

    We don’t have to imagine , just reading your posts is enough .
    Steve Stone was a WINGER with 32 first class goals plus 2 for England in 9 games and an unbelievable 93 assists .
    I would suggest he may know something about forward play.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 21, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #30


    Disagree. How do you know stone doesn’t know what should be done. Plenty of people who aren’t forwards know the runs that should be made, what to do, finishing, etc

    The point about forwards coming in was that it always benefits to have more opinions/advice whether it’s taken or not, good to get opinions off good players. Just a fresh pair of eyes can help at times.

  • toon kk

    Feb 21, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Watching the Boro v Leeds game on sp,
    its all Boro although there trailing by a goal. Good job we’re not playing them,
    It would have been embarrassing, we’re not in the same level as them. Fact.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 21, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #32

    toon kk
    Man City aren’t at the same level as Boro

  • geordie157

    Feb 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #33

    If stone was a decent coach then surely our crossing would be better. Janmaat is probably the only player who gets the ball past the first man on a regular basis. Sammy occasionally puts in a good ball. Obertan can’t cross at all, nor could Jonas.

    There is one hope though, Aarons!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 21, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #34


    Goofy’s crossing has improved dramatically since the start of the season
    Sami’s crossing is good
    Obertan can’t do anything except run and bump into people
    and Stone hardly coached Jonas

  • toon kk

    Feb 21, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #35

    your right they’re a few levels above, we’re one below. There’s a difference.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 21, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #36

    It’s not always the coaches fault if a player can’t cross. Surely it’s not a difficult skill to perform (not when you have time and space, different when under pressure) but our lads need to work harder to improve that, it’s just practice..they clearly don’t push themselves enough.

    I don’t think our coaching is fantastic, but players need to improve also. Football is the one sport where players seems to be devoid of any blame for their own development.

  • firebug666

    Feb 21, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #37


    Those stats you posted at 29 mean nothing mate, That was him as a player. Being a half decent player does not mean you would be a good coach.

    Our attack is dismal at best, 1 person up front isolated to hoof the ball to, No movement off the ball, no pass and move, no one twos.

    90 minutes at Crystal Palace FFS and one chance, just one that thankfully resulted in a goal.

    We look lost in the finale attacking third, void of ideas, and usually end up losing the ball.

    Stone may have been a good player, but as a coach?

  • chasing_rabbits

    Feb 21, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Cabella & Aarons announced in the squad for tonight. I though Cabella was out?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 21, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #39

    To add

    If I was a pro player is look at my game all the time and work with coaching stuff, other team mates, any ex pros I knew, etc to iron out any problems I had in my game.

    Look at ronaldo for example, he’s had good coaching but he works harder than anyone. Same as the likes of beckham with his free kicks.

  • firebug666

    Feb 21, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #40


    It was reported he was a doubt for the game, hope he is fit enough.


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