Mark Lawrenson says that Manchester City need to beat Newcastle as quickly as possible so they can turn their attention to bigger fish.

City play Barcelona on Tuesday and our old friend Mark Lawrenson thinks they need to wipe Newcastle out with some early goals, which would then enable Manuel Pellegrini to let his key players retire to the bench.

With ten Premier League defeats in a row against Newcastle, Manchester City will be confident of getting the job done ASAP.

Can United repeat their 2-0 League Cup success….not according to Lawrenson who has gone for a 3-0 home win.

Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:

“They have Yaya Toure back from the Africa Cup of Nations and Wilfried Bony is set for his debut, with their Champions League tie against Barcelona coming up next week, they should look to get this game won as quickly as possible.

“That way they can start looking at making substitutions to rest people for Tuesday, and take it from there.”

Carver’s done OK:

“John Carver has done all right since he was given the Newcastle manager’s job for the rest of the season, but his side are lacking what they need to be pushing up the table.

“The Magpies are a little bit like Swansea in that they are in mid-table and probably not going to move far in either direction between now and the end of the season.”

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Match Betting: First goal to be scored in opening 10 minutes 3/1NUFC to win 11/1Sissoko to score first goal 30/1

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