Newcastle went down 0-1 on a first minute Sergio Aguero goal last season against Manchester City. They triumphantly fought their way back to claim the full three points behind two second half goals from Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie.
All three goal scorers from that game will be missing in this one with Aguero and Ritchie out injured and Rondon with Rafa Benitez in China. So Newcastle will need some other heroes today if they are to pull off another massive upset at St James Park.
Coming off the back of the dismal display on Monday, expectations are very low for the Magpies to get anything other than a hammering today.
However, Alan Shearer has given Newcastle fans a sliver of hope by identifying some positives for the Magpies. Here is a clip of Alan speaking about today’s match at St James Park.
Newcastle beat Man City last season in one of the upsets of the year.
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The positives for Newcastle are that both Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte are out through injury. Aguero is the big one since he scores for fun against us.
The other thing in Newcastle’s favor is that Manchester City played in the Champions League on Tuesday. While the match was at home, they only managed a 1-1 draw against Shaktar Donetsk.
Finally, the early kickoff is something that Shearer thinks could help Newcastle.
Alan also believes that Newcastle can improve from the performance against Aston Villa. While he agrees it will be a tough game, Shearer says the lads can come away with a result if they are at their best.