Newcastle United v Manchester City

Sunday 6 May 2012 1.30pm

The relative prizes for both teams are immense today, a win for the visitors would see them with arguably both hands on the title (last match home to QPR), while for Newcastle a win would see us have one hand on possible Champions League qualification.

As we all know, Newcastle go into this match on the back of seven wins in eight games, while City have won their last four. However, previous to that they had a three match run which contained defeat at Arsenal and draws against Stoke and the mackems.

Those recent results lead us to scratch our heads as to why you can get odds of 4-1 on Newcastle winning (see our tips and how to get a free £25 bet below), a price which is outrageously good considering our form.

Of course winning will be anything but easy against a team with City’s resources and the strength they can bring off the bench if things are going badly.

One advantage Newcastle definitely have though is their team spirit, with the likes of Tevez and Balotelli in the opposition camp you wouldn’t have many neutrals arguing with that.

Cisse’s goals at Stamford Bridge mean that Newcastle have failed to score in only two of their last twenty one matches and who would bet against Cisse scoring yet again tomorrow. It was also great to see Demba Ba looking more like his old self on Wednesday in terms of getting into scoring positions, hitting the bar and very unlucky to see a fingertip Cech save deny him.

If you followed our top tip on Wednesday you would have collected at 13-1 on Betfair if you had backed Newcastle to lead at half-time and full-time.

On the defensive front, Newcastle know they will have their hands full but a remarkable five clean sheets in their last six matches means confidence will be sky high.

Even if Danny Simpson is passed fit I think it unlikely he will dislodge James Perch who did very well against Chelsea, so I anticipate no changes unless the manager springs a surprise.

The expected availability of Cheick Tiote gives everyone a massive lift as you would have dreamt it when you saw him carried off the other night.

This is a football match that sums up why you are drawn to St.James’ Park, last match of the season with so much to play for. The squad have performed wonders and deserve a standing ovation whatever happens in the ninety minutes but just how good would it be if they can cap their home record with perhaps the most important result and performance of all.

In the betting stakes we have hooked up with ***Betfair. Many of you will have ‘normal’ betting accounts with the various bookies but what Betfair have to offer is something very different, though the most important thing is that the prices you get are better than anywhere else almost every time!

At the time of putting this together the prices on offer for our recommended bets are Newcastle to win 3-0 (99-1) and Hatem Ben Arfa to score the first goal (19-1), both prices better than any other online bookmaker. Our final bet is Newcastle to win which is a massive 4-1 with Betfair and that price also available at a couple of bookmakers.

Go direct to the Newcastle v Man. City match odds here or to sign up for your free bet click below.

alreet 5pts

It was a split second late. I dont see it as a red and ice been honest this season and said that the janmaat SO against swans was silly but just.

Supposed to be a contact sport and yeah he caught his shin but its not like his boots were higher than his own ankle. If it had been a simulated stamp theen fair dos but it was literally the ball is in the air now it bounced and the midfielder was on it in a blink. Yellow and a harsh warning for me. Game on!

howaymebonnylads 5pts

Come on Alan man, everyone mistimes a tackle or two.  What you should be saying is it was clumsy and a yellow at best.  It's not like he raked him right down the shin.  These challenges are why shin pads are worn because it happens.  Shearer should be questioning why officials have it in for Mitrovic before the games even kicked off to put some uncertainty in their mind and sticking up for his own!!!

Wayne Clayton
Wayne Clayton 5pts

It's because we are who we are and they are who they are.

No complaints within the letter of the law with the sending off but the application of the same law that was applied to Arsenal was inconsistent.

Spider66 5pts

As soon as I saw who the referee was I knew we were on to a hiding for nowt not from arsenal but the ref I honestly thought we were capable of beating the arsenal until I saw the refs name

TonnekToon 5pts

What is it with the footballing gods and Newcastle ? The ref was a bit too card "happy" today , and  as its been said, he set the tone on 3 minutes  with Sissoko and his yellow . I think all our bookings and the sending off weren't malicious , just clumsy , though Mitrovic's  sending off was coming at some point early this season , it was just a matter of time. Hope he learns from it . On the positive side , we seemed solid enough once again after a lot of sustained pressure at times , their winning goal a lucky deflected OG . They didn't let their heads drop , which was a good sign and if they can stay as solid in future games we should be ok .

John Rush
John Rush 5pts

Wonder if al would have thought the same if it happened to the "united" centre forward rather than mitrovic

1957 5pts

Or when Al kicked the Leicester player in the head and should have been suspended, accidental I think he claimed at the time.

Spider66 5pts

Al would have said that was proper football then. It has got to cissyfied now Rodney Marsh was spot on what he said about it being a no contact sport before long.

AndrewCowley1 5pts

Wasn't a red,the ref obviously had it in his mind about mitrovic before the game began.ruined the game absolute joke

John Rush
John Rush 5pts

Agree he pulled him up in the first minute for an aerial challenge for which you would rightly be laughed at if you appealed for a foul on a sunday morning

1957 5pts

My issue with the referee wouldn't be over the sending off, more his approach to yellow cards. NUFC 15 fouls, 6 cards, Arsenal 8 fouls, 1 card. Similar fouls didn't get equal treatment, Anita tugs someone back, yellow, Thauvin is blocked and pushed off the ball no card.

John Rush
John Rush 5pts

And tell me why is gio booked for waving an imaginary card but its ok for sanchez and giroud to demand one verbally

howaymebonnylads 5pts

@John Rush exactly mate, every time they're rolling around demanding a card why did the ref not give one to them...spineless

The Adelphi
The Adelphi 5pts

I agree with Rodney Marsh for once. They may as well make football a non contact sport if that's a straight red