Predicted Newcastle Starting LineUp vs Man City
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Sunday 17 August 4pm Live On SKY Sports
Newcastle United’s appalling recent record against Manchester City even pre-dates their new found benevolent owners.
It is nine seasons since United beat Sunday’s visitors and even six years since we managed a 2-2 draw, thanks to a strike by Shola and an own goal.
As anticipated, it has been confirmed that both Cheick Tiote and Siem De Jong will miss through injury.
While the Dutchman misses out, we can expect any number of competitive debuts for those in black and white.
Daryl Janmaat looks certain to be the only addition to the back five, making his debut with Krul in goal and Williamson alongside Coloccini, with Steven Taylor on the bench according to numerous reports. Massadio Haidare appears sure to complete the defence ahead of Paul Dummett.
Unless we get a three/five at the back, which is most unlikely, it is hard to see any other defenders featuring.
Whatever the claims of Alan Pardew before or after the match, you can bet it will be a defensive formation that will represent Newcastle on the opening day.
I fancy Emmanuel Riviere to be the lone striker, with Remy Cabella now the wildcard instead of Hatem Ben Arfa, when it comes to providing support for the French striker. At least we will have on-loan striker Facundo Ferreyra on the bench to mix things up if there is a need to change things.
In the absence of Cheick Tiote I can see Anita, Colback and Sissoko all spending most of their time attempting to protect the defence, while Gouffran will be expected to track back and help out Haidara – the French full-back making only his sixth Premier League start, if selected.
On hearing the fixtures back in June, Alan Pardew speculated that Newcastle could hold an advantage with this early meeting, due to more City players being involved at the World Cup.
A bit of wishful thinking I think from our manager.
On the positive side, Negredo definitely misses through injury and Aguero is likely to join him as well as an absentee.
Newcastle have nothing to lose with most pundits expecting a comfortable win for the visitors.
What Newcastle fans will expect as a minimum, are signs that we have better to come this season than the dismal post-Boxing Day rubbish we were all subjected to.
If the players can get some belief as a unit and the likes of Sissoko and Colback frustrate their blue shirted counterparts, then United have a chance.
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