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.

BlingEagle 5pts

Credit to you NUFC fans for your reaction to this pitiful example of journalism. There's still plenty time to turn your season around. Here's hoping you get your Christmas wishes - players fit to wear your shirt and a fanzine blog worthy of your club. Keep the faith

southernfairy 5pts

I am a non Newcastle fan, (Yeah, soz I'm Palace). But you lot on this site are an utter joke and you do your club and it's followers a great disservice. I was at the game on Saturday and on the way to the ground and on the way home I met numerous Geordies who are are credit to NUFC, passionate followers of their local team who shares the highs and (more so recently) get frustrated by the lows but none of them came across like the bitter, sad, vindictive and delusional morons who "write" for this "publication". True fans you are not and it is an insult to them that claim to speak for them.

Polarboy 5pts

The editor of this fanzine needs to be sacked. 90% of the article contributors are fecking morons and they're giving us a bad name.  

breenebass 5pts

i'm sure i have read on here a few seasons ago about how zaha would be a great asset to the toon.

sour grapes do not sort out our internal problems. newcastle fans are lauded as some of the best, passionate and fairest fans in the world where we give credit where credit is due.

articles like this tarnish the reputation of a once great club- blaming other teams players when we weren't good enough takes focus off the real problems newcastle united are facing. please avoid doing it next time we take a hammering

andrewn2001 5pts

Are you kidding me.  We dont help ourselves with articles like this. The fact that  our captain spent more time on his arse or with his back to the ball let alone the volume or lack of commitment from every single one of the money earners not fit to wear the black and white. Picking on a player who was simply too good for any of our boys is like being in the school yard and saying my pa will smack yours.  grow up man.

BaldEagle10 5pts

Great reporting once again. This truly is THE go to place for a decent article. I'm not quite sure exactly where he says 'I'll keep on diving' but I assume it is somewhere, this being the mag - one of the most reputable sensible article writers of all time. I have to assume that he said this somewhere else and that the mag accidentally missed the quote out from their article - and not take any notice of how silly that is, seeing as the article states that this is what he said in its headline.