Predicted Newcastle vs Man City Lineup
Match Preview Newcastle v Manchester City
Sunday 12 January 2.05pm Live On SKY Sports
Wherever you look there is little comfort to be had in terms of the various lines of form…
Newcastle haven’t beaten City at home since 2005 and in 4 of the 7 matches haven’t managed a goal
Man City are unbeaten in 14 matches, winning 12 and drawing 2
Newcastle have lost their last 3 matches
Apart from that…
The positive side though is that while Pellegrini has done well in a short space of time, his team still aren’t invincible. A great run of form but Arsenal are still keeping them off the top and of course United maybe deserved a draw when the Gunners visited, plus while City hammered a shocking West Ham team 6-0 in midweek, recent matches against Swansea and Palace have seen the blues just sneak by with a single goal advantage.
Aguero is out and Toure took a knock against the Hammers but unfortunately looks like being ok for our match.
If we need any encouragement then the fact that City’s last defeat was against the mackems shows that they are fallible.
As usual though it is how our team approaches the match that is important and how they react as a group following three defeats out of three. Arguably United didn’t deserve to lose any of the three though it may be hard to argue as well that we deserved to win any of them either.
The good news is that there are positive noises in recent days that both Krul and Cabaye are likely starters, probably essential if Newcastle are to go into the match with any real belief.
Guessing the team is quite tricky but I do think that is Krul and Cabaye make it then the team could line up as illustrated in my Newcastle vs Man City lineup. I really like Haidara but think that Santon will play on the left, especially with the pace of Jesus Navas potentially on show. While there has been some debate on which 2 of the 3 centre-backs will play in the absence of Coloccini – I see all three starting the match.
I can see Williamson and Taylor in the middle, especially with City regularly playing the likes of the physical Negredo and Dzeko, while Mapou could get a confidence booster at right-back after a poor FA Cup match when he was at fault for both goals. At full-back he has looked very comfortable in the games he’s played.
Depending on fitness the midfield picks itself and Pardew will be counting on Gouffran and Sissoko’s workrate to help Cabaye & Tiote counter the visitors’ dangerous midfield.
If Mapou plays at full-back then the extra defensive outlook can be surely counter balanced by including Ben Arfa for the wildcard factor. Playing Shola is surely a non-starter although I never put it past the manager sneaking in Anita as an extra midfielder in games like this.
With wins against Spurs, Chelsea and Man Utd, there is absolutely no need for United to start the match like a beaten team and with something to prove after recent defeats, I think with the right mental approach Newcastle have every chance of bouncing back to form and self-respect.
Matches like these also give some outstanding value in terms of the betting side of things and I think Cabaye 19/1 first goalscorer is well worth a look in particular, if he plays. Yohan has scored the first goal against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United already, plus he’s shown his absolute value to the team in that he’s scored in 3 of the last 4 Premier League matches where Newcastle have bothered the scorers.
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