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Newcastle Against Manchester City – Team Prediction, Injuries, And Fan Expectations



Newcastle return to St. James’ Park this afternoon to face defending champions Manchester City. The Citizens have started the season with two wins and, like Newcastle, have not conceded a goal.

During Eddie Howe’s press conference, he revealed that Matt Targett’s availability would be a game-time decision. The left-back hasn’t trained much, if at all, so I suspect he will not be risked.

Howe could go with the same eleven that picked up a point at Brighton. Dan Burn played well on the left and could get the call again. If so, Sven Botman would be in line to make his full home debut.

With the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, Howe most likely won’t make any changes. He can rotate the squad at Tranmere to give the rest of the squad some early-season action.

There are four matches over the next ten days so Howe will have to make use of his squad at some point. Thankfully, there is only one long-term injury at the moment with Jonjo Shelvey out until November.

Newcastle Injuries

Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring), Fede Fernandez (calf), Emil Krafth (hamstring – late fitness test), Matt Targett (hamstring -late fitness test)

Manchester City Injuries

Aymeric Laporte (knee)

Our poll shows that fans have a fair amount of optimism for today. Just under 50% of voters are predicting a result, which would be fantastic and keep Newcastle firmly near the top of the table.

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This will be a difficult match and the lads will have to be close to perfect. It’s a very good test against the league’s best.


117 comments so far

  • DrGloom

    Aug 21, 2022 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Cheeky first

    1
  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 21, 2022 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    BTW, an airplane from Farnborough to Toon could be Amanda etc. So do not build too much in.

    1
  • Mund

    Aug 21, 2022 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    David Kent
    @DK_Reports
    Watford have ACCEPTED Newcastle Proposal for Joao Pedro.

    His agents will meet with club today to discuss Personal Terms over a contract until June 2027 + Option of a further year. #NUF

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 21, 2022 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #4

    I did not even we had a new post lol. Must pay more attention.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 21, 2022 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Mund, well, I did have an alternative

    0
  • The Last Jedi

    Aug 21, 2022 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #6

    I’d like same performance as Forest game. Pressing aggressive and getting ball forward. Will be very disappointed if we sit back

    2
  • Wimbletoon

    Aug 21, 2022 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Pug, when are you going to Hoebridge? Range or round? I’ll try to join if I can. There or Silvermere fine for me. Hoebridge was the main place I went for driving range back in my youth.

    If that doesn’t work for me then Friday 9th Sept should be doable. My only time restriction that day is needing to be home by 7pm to take the kids to Fulham football training before 7.30pm.

    Buggy sounds like a good idea.

    0
  • martoon

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    I really hope Haaland has a cr*p game – not only for obvious reasons but my opponent in the H2H has him as his captain 😀

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Is David Kent yet another twitter head looking for attention?

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Wimbletoon, get back to Whatsapp and talk to TDS. It is a round.
    However, if you fancy a range at Silvermere beforehand, I would be up for that. It has been so long I do not know which end of the bat to hold 🙂

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Or does he have decent history

    0
  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #12

    and the boy has stolen one of my hybrids!!!! I know he takes them for range practice, never puts them back.

    0
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Wimbletoon/Pug – are you two in direct contact off the blog? Need to get Wimbletoon’s details otherwise so we can arrange. Pug and I have a provisional plan which I’ve already booked but can cancel.

    0
  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #14

    TDS, I thought all 3 off us were. Sorry, been very busy but I thought it was you, me, Wimbletoon, everybody!
    BTW I do all types of music. Country and Western.

    0
  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #15

    I cannot check just now, will do later

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #16

    TDS, Hoebridge is a goer, I thought it was 3. TBH if I manage 9 holes just now it will possibly be a miracle. So… I will try to arrange a driving range with Wimbletoon next week and You and and I can play the week after then bring Wimbletoon onboard subsequently. You are correct 2 to a buggy

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Wor B

    Aug 21, 2022 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #7
    It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day.

    It’s match day and I can’t wait to see how Eddie sets up against arguably the most technically gifted team on planet Earth.

    With a slice of luck we might draw (next season I won’t be saying that against ANY team)
    Any forwards signed yet??

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Good to hear you lads meeting up for golf. I hope TDS tops it 20 yards off the first tee.
    Only messing TDS 🙂

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  • jimiley

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Watford want 30 million for Pedro. We have offered 20 and 25 and a final offer of 28. According to media.
    We will pay 28 but walk away at 30. Do we really want the player? Anybody understand binning a player for the sake of 2 million? It’s as if the owners have a psychological problem paying the asking price. It’s not as if we have loads of attackers walking through the door

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  • simon376

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Only seen a bit about the plane, is Pedro coming to watch the game bit like last time we bit City? Maybe Bruno’s mate is down that way as well and on the plane alongside the Chelsea lad for the 3 P’s. Just need to get Ramos added and top 6 no problem

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Prince’s, Pedro is closer according to David Kent but he may be another twitter twat.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #22

    hope no one is going to talk about football on this golf blog

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Robleenio on u tube said something about Pedro having time off by the club so maybe he fancies a peep at St James’s.

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  • Davas

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Or maybe it’s just some random plane going to Newcastle 🙂

    6
  • jimiley

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Pedro wants to come and his head is not right to play for Watford and he was dropped. Cannot believe we would jeopardise the sale for the sake of 2 million.

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Jmiley, I hope Dan doesn’t have little man syndrome :). Dan, if you’re reading this 🙂
    , I’m sure the prem teams etc now know that you’re a hard bargainer, but Watford hold the aces on price. We’ll all be pretty unimpressed if you walk away over 3mill, or they close the door on you. Get it done for goodness sake, we need more players.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Davas, had said same earlier. Desperate, us? 🙂

    2
  • Shelvey

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Matchday! I have a feeling we will have a really good performance today! Fight city out of their comfort zone and the amazing crown in full noise behind the team. 1-0, Almiron.

    3
  • Shelvey

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Crowd

    0
  • Wimbletoon

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Pug, just sent you a message on LinkedIn including my mobile number.

    1
  • Bambams

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #31

    David Kent has re-tweeted the below, it is not from one of his sources, he has stated who was first as in the below tweet:

    ? Excl: #NUFC’s latest bid for for João Pedro has been verbally accepted by #WatfordFC. ?

    Newcastle will meet with João and his representatives tomorrow to discuss personal terms + final details. ?

    The deal is now very advanced, almost Signed, Sealed, Delivered.?

    ? ????? https://t.co/viQhNXyqAT

    The post confirming where he saw it:

    First Call @NUFCITKHub.

    No idea how accurate NUFCITKHub are.

    Could be total guess work given Watford have not rejected (haven’t seen anything) this alleged 3rd bid.

    Time will tell chaps !

    4
  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Bollocks then! 🙂

    6
  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Not going to believe anyone calling themselves the ITKHUb. 🙁

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  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Another example of posting something plausible, so if it actually happens you can claim credit. Do these people not have a life?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #35

    I hope he’s on that f’in plane or if not his agents at least.

    Arriving too late to get a pre match announcement in any event.

    0
  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 21, 2022 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Does my head in, hope we win, that’ll cheer me up. 🙂

    0
  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 21, 2022 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #37

    “I think I’m alone now”

    0
  • scott

    Aug 21, 2022 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #38

    Bard

    Jail give you loads of material but your poem to him was a hoop cleaning exercise with a subtle dig at mund always thrown in!

    It’s becoming a creepy obsession & if pointing this out is fluffing then so be it!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 21, 2022 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Pug – it’s DrGloom that we have on WhatsApp. Unless he’s changed his name!

    0
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 21, 2022 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Munster – I did it last week! First tee shot I shanked into the trees! Horrible shot.

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