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. .
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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