Manchester City v Newcastle United – Match Preview
Manchester City v Newcastle United
Saturday 30 March 3pm
While Manchester City have fallen tamely away in their title challenge it is all about perspective.
They might have ended up second best to the Red Devils this season but they are still second in the table and only Man.United have beaten them at the Etihad.
In the other thirteen home fixtures City have registered ten wins, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton grabbing points, all teams near the top end and suggesting that certainly at home, Mancini’s men have easily picked off the weaker teams, which the league table tells us Newcastle are this season.
I got a bit of a shock when I looked at our away record, in the last ten Premier League away matches Newcastle have only a draw at Norwich and the win at Villa to talk about. The other eight ended in defeat at places including Southampton, Swansea, Fulham, Wigan and Stoke.
So is there room for optimism?
Well when you add in the fact that City could be welcoming key players such as Kompany and Aguero back today, while Newcastle are missing, Santon, Coloccini, Debuchy, Krul, Haidara, Tiote and Ben Arfa, the 12/1 odds on Newcastle winning look to be well deserved.
However, there are positives and the January spending has at least ensured that Newcastle can put a first eleven out worthy of the name, though if many changes need to be made then it could be bleak.
Alan Pardew can at least count on his best player in Yohan Cabaye been fit an available again and at 6/1 Cabaye to score any time he looks a decent bet, especially considering the quality of his free-kicks recently.
While with Papiss Cisse you always have a gufighter’s chance of picking something out of nothing so 13/1 Cisse first goal looks good value.
Throw in Sissoko and Gouffran who hit the ground running from day one and the fact that Tyalor and Mapou have fitted well together, Newcastle do have a chance of upsetting the odds.
Much will depend though on Rob Elliot and his defence because with City conceding only eleven goals at home all season, Newcastle would be well up against it if we concede first.
Maybe one of those matches where there’s nothing to lose and the players have a right go, let’s hope so.
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