Newcastle’s Predicted Starting Line-Up Against Manchester City
Manchester City v Newcastle United
Monday 19th August 8pm
However, the contrasting transfer ‘strategies’ of the two clubs have made City even bigger certainties to win, at least in the eyes of the bookies.
What it does mean though is that opportunities open up from a betting perspective, though maybe few of you will be tempted by a Newcastle win even at a massive 19/2, for those wanting to back a result that sees United take something then the draw at 9/2 could appeal, particularly if Krul and Coloccini are there to give us back a solid base to defend from.
If you want to push the boat out then 0-0 at 14/1 or 1-1 at 12/1 must be tempting IF the Newcastle defence is disciplined AND we cause at least a few problems/distractions at the other end.
Mapou will almost certainly deputise for Santon who is struggling for fitness and ironically that could likely turn out a positive in defensive terms if Mapou can deal with Navas.
As Alan Pardew has helpfully pointed out though, even if the home side have many quality attacking options they can only play two of them at once.
Well last season City basically played an attacking four of Tevez, Nasri, Silva and Dzeko, with Pardew sending his team out to sit so deep that they simply invited the inevitable.
Obviously I hope that United get something from the game but first things first, Alan Pardew must not send a formation out that means Cisse is once again totally isolated.
While the lack of signings is a total embarrassment my predicted starting line-up (see illustration) shows yet again that we have real quality that can hurt teams, if the manager sends them out to have a go AND the players respond to that.
While Jonas, Remy and Santon all look sure to miss, the presence of Papiss Cisse on the pitch guarantees Newcastle will always have a gunslinger’s chance, I had to rub my eyes when I saw Bet Victor were offering 15/1 Cisse first goal, that is a cracking bet and one that I’ll be sure to be having a few quid on, alternatively you can have Cisse score any time at 17/4.
Other options for first goal are Gouffran 19/1, Sissoko 22/1 or Cabaye also 22/1, odds on scoring from a corner are not available but if we can get players in and around the box in normal play we can create.
Alan Pardew has reported that Hatem Ben Arfa is ‘flying’ in training and certainly the likes of he, Sissoko and Gouffran will need to be getting up to support Cisse, rather than simply camped around our box as extra defenders, as happened in the dismal four goal defeat here last season.
As per last season the team surely picks itself, unless the manager springs a surprise, Remy fit and/or another striker would obviously make things more interesting but in the meantime in Cisse we trust! Can the supporting cast help make Monday night a positive start to the season, with a positive outlook from Alan Pardew then who knows.
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