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.

13 comments
Mal44
Mal44

So John, after his very good game against WBA why did you drop him for the QPR game and play Raylor in midfield who had been well below par for weeks?

Gordonthetoony
Gordonthetoony

Isn't that part of the problem with Anita. They play him everywhere and never give him a run in a settled position. He did have an excellent game and his work rate in chasing and putting opposition under pressure was immense.

Toon161070
Toon161070

Anita, and others mind you, have been terrible this season. Carver is blind. 

Alltomuch
Alltomuch

It was plain to see the body language of willo, guttez as when celebrating ignored him.

Just shows the egotistical prate lost the changing room

GeoffreyRDixon
GeoffreyRDixon

About time,one swallow and all that,next Cabella to perform ???

Simon Sharp
Simon Sharp

Carver can get the best out of Anita. Pardew can't. Interesting.

amacdee
amacdee

You know I just have this nagging feeling that the last two clueless numpties havent had an ounce of tactical nous between them. Could a clever, intuitive, tactically aware manager get the best from wor Vurn ?

Ben Jefferson
Ben Jefferson

Aye coz he prob wakes up every morning thinking hes dreaming getting paid to play football

toonterrier
toonterrier

Well that's handy. If we sell Tim Krul we have a ready made goalie to take his place. That'll save Ashley a few quid. Anita had a great game yesterday which makes it his second decent one this year. The lad seems to have the skill so why hasn't he shown it before. Could it have something to do with the poor coaching or maybe Carver had a quiet word with him during the week in his office and gave his confidence a boost. Cant wait to see who they ship out and which donkeys we get saddled with next season.

Steven Fox
Steven Fox

And he is usually shite in all those positions.

1957
1957

I suppose this is all in response to Carver's positive motivation!