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Manchester City vs Newcastle – Match Preview

After last Sunday’s poor performance in the second half Newcastle fans will be hoping the lads can get a point at Eastlands tomorrow, but that will be very difficult.

Newcastle are currently in 14th position and a defeat tomorrow will put the side a little lower and will put lots of pressure on the team in our next game, when we are at home to Wigan Athletic  in a couple of weeks time at St. James’  Park.

Newcastle must start beating the other relegation favorites in the league – especially at home – otherwise we could find ourselves in some trouble fairly soon in the season.

Newcastle’s season has been up and down so far, to say the least, and we’ve failed to beat teams we were expected to beat, but on the other hand we’ve beaten Everton away, and Chelsea away in the Carling Cup, which were games we were fully expected to lose, just like we are expected to lose at Eastlands tomorrow.

So we really have no idea what team will turn up tomorrow afternoon, but have to hope the lads put in another performance like the last two away games, although we also played very well at Wolves, when Newcastle were unlucky to only get a 1-1 draw.

Chris Hughton is expected to start the same side he started against Stoke City, and which played so well, at least in those first 45 minutes.

Perch Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Routledge Barton Tiote Nolan (c) Ben Arfa
Subs: Soderberg Campbell Taylor (R) Smith Ameobi Lovenkrands Gutierrez

If Chris is to change the team at all, he could give Ryan Taylor a chance at right back in place of James Perch, or bring in Sol Campbell in place of  one of the two center-backs, or even start Jonas Gutierrez in place of Ben Arfa on the left wing. But the odds are that he’ll start the exact same side as last Sunday.

Newcastle will again play in their 4-5-1 formation away from home, and try to hold City at least in that first half, and if they can do that, anything is possible after that.

The key to this game is the performance of the defense, and Newcastle players must press the City players right from the start, and if they can do that we should be in with some kind of chance of getting something out of this game. A draw would be great.

With City having been in action on Thursday night against Juventus in the Europa League, there is a chance, a slight chance,  that some of their players could tire in the second half, so it’s important we stay in this game as long as possible.

Newcastle didn’t create too many chances against Stoke City and those that they did, they managed to miss, so we’ll look to the lads creating some chances at Eastlands tomorrow, and then one or two of our players are due a goal – like Andy Carroll as just one example.

But we can afford no defensive mistakes against Manchester City, otherwise we could be severely punished, so we are hoping the lads can put in one of their better performances of the season.

If Newcastle can come out with a point tomorrow, that would give us a good 8 points after the first 7 league games, and we cannot complain too much at the start the lads have made to the season.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • baro

    Oct 2, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #1


  • baro

    Oct 2, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #2




    Jonas——————-Nolan————–Ben Arfa


    I am going for a 3-2 win for us.
    Carroll with 2 and Jonas with one goal

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 2, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Baro, you’re pi…. drunk.

  • mattnufc

    Oct 2, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #4

    I would go with that lineup Baro, but a different result

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 2, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #5

    The line up is ok, especially as he baro hasn’t forgot Nolan. But 2-3 win to us? Howay man!

  • baro

    Oct 2, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Guys i think my score is realistic as the only thing Man city care about is money, and nothing else!!

  • mattnufc

    Oct 2, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Jonas to score tho? What have you been smoking

  • Thump

    Oct 2, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #8

    He came close at scoring against Stoke (hit the bar) before he decided it’d be a great idea to literally pass the ball into the Stoke defence in the dying minutes. I think Jonas might be due a goal, but not against Man City (hope I have to eat my words on that).

  • kevymartins

    Oct 2, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Baro good line up but also tiote n the bull hada play there socks of to keep the likes of milner at bay…HWTL

  • kevymartins

    Oct 2, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Nd if carrol keeps play’n of form id give leon best his chance.. Baro every1 would agree that Hatem toon arfa wud score befor cob-webs

  • partizanovec

    Oct 2, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Magpie from Macedonia here.
    I also think that Jonas should get a game ahead of Routledge, as he can offer more in defence department.
    With him on the left to help Enrique, and HBA on the right.
    Well, then our right side will be pretty vulnerable, whoever plays RB.
    Hmmm, thoughts?

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 2, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Let’s not forget that Jonas and Coloccini will be wanting to impress as this is apparently a big game in Argie, so they could well play out of their skin tomorrow.

    Also, Citeh have only scored 7 goals this season, or 5 in 3 at home.

    If we get an early goal and defend well, we can beat ’em

  • komfort

    Oct 2, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #13

    shiela & barry grant bumped into me when they were coming out of lau’s chinese restaurant in stowell street at a about 20.15 pm tonight & apparently they have invested their life savings on – mary byrne – from tescos winning the x faxtor.

    good luck mary.

    inserdently i also had a very interesting meeting with tommy mcardle.

  • komfort

    Oct 2, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #14

    baro…if you dont mind i’m gonna call my wife…two one…from now on…..if that’s okey dokey with you m8.

    …by the way if your interested i have mulberry hand bags – freshley slipped off the back of a milk float & going for a very attractive £200 sobs each if your interested ?…..i normally knock them oot for 350 english pounds……giz’a a shout if you want one bonnie lad.

  • john_cena163

    Oct 2, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #15




    Jonas——————-Wayne————–Ben Arfa


  • komfort

    Oct 2, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #16

    three 2 rather…

    the bitch.

  • komfort

    Oct 2, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #17

    john_cen……you’re right up my street.

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 2, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #18

    komfort, I’d have a rest from the Broon for awhile…

  • komfort

    Oct 2, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #19

    howay tl …..i sup jack d bonnie lad .. & why would/should i give it a rest like ?

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 2, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Just your story about the Grant’s 😆


    Oct 2, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Leaving Nolan out?

  • jimiley

    Oct 2, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Shock result. Toon to win 3 nil and Jonas to get a hattrick. I have a tenner on it at 1000-1. Come on Spiderman!!!!

  • baro

    Oct 2, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #23

    WoW! Seems like everybody thinks we will loose tomorrow on here! I think we can take position win the game. They have a really weak defense at times, and we are a team that usually score early, so we knock one in than Man City’s confidence will drop. They have most of the top players in the premier league but you need team chemistry to win. And Man City don’t really have that. The only player i am scared of is Tevas and nobody else, but his ARGIE team ate COLO should stop him. Anyways just wait and see who wins this game. I’m sure Newcastle will win the game. HOWAY THE LADS!!!

  • gorskino10

    Oct 2, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #24

    PLEASE NO ROUTLEDGE! put in Jonas and maybe bring in Sol ONLY if you want more experience in the back. Also R.Taylor come in but you know Chris HE BOUGHT Perch in he will stick by him even if thats to detremental the team.

    Also we have to play counter then we will have 1 striker but Carrol has played SHIT by himself in his good games he has Lovenkrants and Ameobi and Ranger (Last Year) he needs someone with him otherwise he wont have NO EFFECT.

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Oct 2, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #25







    Ben Arfa—————Nolan————–—– Jonas


  • CT

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Shitee 1 Us 2, Joey free kick, n Colo from a corner! Trust me, just got back from the east, 24 hrs ahead? F***k, if this works out ,we`re rich kids!!!

  • TheScottishGeordie

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #27

    Why does no one rate Perch? If he hadn’t attempted to header the ball away then the Stoke man behind him was sure to score. He did have a decent game aswell. I do agree with you guys tho, Ryan Taylor deserves a chance, as does Guttierez. HWTL 🙂 2-1 us, Nolan and Guttierez scoring

  • john_cena163

    Oct 3, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #28

    Nolan needs rest.

  • baro

    Oct 3, 2010 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #29

    Chris Hughton will never drop Nolan as he is our captain. Doesn’t make sense to make him captain and than drop him. 🙂

  • darthkir

    Oct 3, 2010 at 4:50 AM

    Comment #30

    When going against a team like this, juts go all out attacking from the start. Because if we lose then it is expected. We are not targetting to stay in PL by beating teams like this, we need to stay by beating the likes of blackpool and stoke! So games like these that we need to win, not man city!

  • AngelOfDeath

    Oct 3, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    Comment #31

    6-0 Man City win~~~

    Tevez brace, Adam Johnson,Yaya Touré,Emmanuel Adebayor, James Milner.


  • Brutooon

    Oct 3, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #32

    wtf? jonas over ben arfa?

    Routledge is championship quality ! Ben Arfa is international french player

    Ben Arfa must start!!!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Oct 3, 2010 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #33

    well i feel we must lose this time

  • Ericles

    Oct 3, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #34

    Cena – not a bad selection. Not a CH team I admit but then he has not got any imagination. Lovenkrands for Wayne though?

  • balubas1

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #35

    Good luck today guys;) I see you argue about who’s to start.. also claiming Routledge is championship quality.. Could not disagree more.. We are LUCKY to have 3 QUALITY WINGERS

  • leedodd

    Oct 3, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #36

    I think We will win Today !!!!!!!!!!! Carroll Will Score . !!!!!!! England Game to Follow !!!!!!!


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