Steve McClaren has announced the Newcastle team for today´s tough game at the Etihad Stadium and there´s one change with Yoan Gouffran coming in for the injured Jack Colback in defensive midfield and the team will continue to play in a 4-4-2 formation.
Maybe if we had taken Jack off when he first was injured last week he would have been available today?
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Kevin Mbabu; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran, Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Florian Thauvin, Papiss Cisse
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
It´s an unusual position for Gouffran, but we assume he must have looked good in training playing in that position – but he has to have a good game today.
No doubt it´s an excellent chance for the Frenchman to show head coach Steve McClaren what he can do for the side.
The way the team is set out Sissoko could be playing in defensive midfield and Gouffran on the wing – we´ll see who´s playing where when the game kicks off.
It’s good to see Cisse and Tiote back in the squad and both could possibly get some playing time – with Cheick maybe coming in for Gouffran at some stage.
If we are to do well today both Mitrovic and Perez up front will have to be a threat to the City defense, but they looked excellent together last week against Chelsea.
This is some of what McClaren had to say yesterday about this game:
“Consistency now, that’s what were after,” said the Magpies’ head coach.
“That kind of performance we saw last week, particularly in the first half, is what we are after and now it’s about maintaining that.
“We’ve been inconsistent from the start of the season but we had a good performance last weekend and hopefully we will tomorrow as well.
“The first eight games were always going to be tough when you’re playing against last season’s top teams. After seven games we are starting to get a little closer to our starting XI, our system of play and our style.”
Newcastle will have to play really well today to get something out of this game.
Three in five fans think we will lose this game which is a little more positive than the poll for the game against Chelsea last Saturday when three in four fans though we would lose the game.