This is the predicted Newcastle team v Manchester City and formation.

Rafa Benitez has confirmed that both Jesus Gamez and Aleksandar Mitrovic won’t play any part today, whilst he has also indicated that Florian Lejeune will almost certainly be missing as well.

Jonjo Shelvey is back available after his two game suspension and after Merino and Hayden missed West Ham with knocks, the United boss said that the pair of them had a ‘chance’ of being available today.

Always a dilemma at this stage of the season, with West Ham being the start of four games separated by only nine days, Newcastle now having three matches between Wednesday night and Monday afternoon.

It is a massive risk if you ask key players, especially in attacking/midfield positions to play all three of these matches, so what will Rafa Benitez do?

Well, it is a bit unfortunate that the first of these three games is against all conquering Manchester City who have won 17 PL games in a row on their way to be crowned champions probably sometime in February or March.

If it was either Brighton or Stoke that Newcastle were playing tonight then it would be a simple case of playing the very best team and going for the three points. It is not a case of Rafa throwing tonight’s match but an acceptance that he can do everything right and Newcastle would stand every chance of still being stuffed.

The reality anyway is that with Newcastle doing most of the defending tonight, then it lends itself to a hard working team who will try to contain the opposition, and make the most of the odd chance that comes their way.

Just as he did at the Emirates, I think Rafa will go with Joselu and Perez up front and supporting striker/extra midfielder.

Newcastle will find it difficult to play it out from the back against a Manchester City team that presses so high, so I’d be amazed if Joselu wasn’t selected for NUFC to hit it long and try to build from there much of the time.

Perez will naturally spend most of his time as an extra midfielder to try and stifle the visitors as much as possible.

I can see Jacob Murphy definitely playing and it is just a case of which wing, his youthful energy giving either Ritchie or Atsu a rest ahead of the two vital games in 48 hours. Murphy showed against both Chelsea and Man Utd he wasn’t overawed so no reason why he can’t do a job tonight.

Jonjo Shelvey will surely start after being suspended and with his quality of passing there is always a chance he can create. No reason to rush either Merino or Hayden back if they aren’t 100%, so Diame would seem a natural choice after doing a decent job at West Ham in the middle of the pitch.

At the back, it wouldn’t be a total surprise to see Lascelles kept for the weekend but on balance I think Rafa will keep him in, as the captain gives the team far more chance of organising and keeping things tight at the back. Mbemba is always a possibility to come back into the defence but I can see Benitez staying with the Clark/Lascelles combination.

A great penalty save from Elliot on Saturday but a bit of a nervy display overall when he didn’t really help his defence at times, failing to take command and come for the ball. However, Darlow wasted his chance and no reason to believe that anything will change on the goalkeeper front, at least not until the transfer window…

Dummett must be itching for his chance and I fancy he will get that tonight but with Manquillo switching to the right rather than left out.

Yedlin showed once again on Saturday how devastating his pace can be on the attack and I think both he and Gayle will be saved for Brighton and Stoke, with also the possibility of them being introduced late on against Man City if scores are level or only one down for Newcastle. Their pace/combination on the counter attack is always a possibility to create something.

The predicted Newcastle team v Manchester City:

newcastle team v manchester city

Newcastle v Manchester City Match Betting:

Newcastle win 14/1Draw 11/2Man City 2/9

Man City win 4-0 12/1NUFC win 4-0 350/16 or more goals in match 6/1

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  • Wor Lass

    We need a bit of pace and mobility defensively so Mbemba might stand a chance at LB or defensive mid (maybe instead of Jonjo). I`ve never seen a single minute of Saivet playing – not live or on telly – so I don`t know whether he could offer anything but he did well against W Ham, by all accounts. Maybe he could come into Rafa`s plans. He always has a surprise up his sleeve! Whatever team he plays, Rafa won`t be just giving this one up. The lads will be well prepared and, with the players we have nowadays, I reckon they`ll fight City every inch of the way. Odds are we`re going to lose but you just never know…

    • Clarko

      How do you know he did “well” against West Ham if you have “never seen a single minute” of him playing?

      • TheNutJob

        He did ok i watched the whole 90mins

        • Clarko

          I watched the whole 90 minutes as well, I was just asking @wor_lass:disqus how they can make the claim that he played “well”, without watching a “single minute” of him playing.

          • TheNutJob

            by reading Led Ryder at the chronicle
            😁

          • Wor Lass

            Don`t take things to extremes – Clarko`s bad enough!

      • nevfur

        The comment was tempered by the follow up of “by all accounts” but can he be much worse than what we have seen from Diame this season.

        • Clarko

          Right, what does “by all accounts” mean? Second hand information?

          • anyobrien

            You do it on purpose don’t you…. Bless ya.

          • Clarko

            Asking for clarification? Asking for information? Yes, yes I do, it’s how you become informed.

          • nevfur

            Aye that’s it

      • anyobrien

        Ffs the kids just saying from reports and what people have said… Which imo is fare enough.

        • Clarko

          Why are you being defensive/aggressive? Why do you have a problem with me asking a question?

          What does “fare enough” mean? Do you mean fair enough?

          • anyobrien

            You don’t get out much do you…. Saying that you’ll be there today won’t you…? 😁

      • Wor Lass

        You try too hard sometimes, Clarko. How do you know anything? Because you read about it in Transfermarket or whatever bible it is that you quote. In my case, it was because Nutty told me – and he`s never wrong!

        • Clarko

          Again, I only asked a simple question. Second hand information it is.

          To answer your question, I try to learn from the source, for example watching a game, as opposed to reading about it from someone else’s perspective, I try to absorb all of the available information, all the facts and base my understanding, knowledge and any opinion off of that.

          • Wor Lass

            So you like to go through life commenting only on those things you`ve seen with your own eyes. Whenever you comment on a game you watched that game. Is it cold at the North Pole? How do you know? As I said above, you try too hard to work your ticket. Less is more.

          • Clarko

            “Whenever you comment on a game you watched that game”. Yes.

            How do I know what the temperature is at the North Pole? Well, I don’t, I never claimed to know, I would have to research all the information, the evidence and the facts before feeling informed enough to give an answer.

            Again, I just asked a simple question, it’s not up to me how you decide to react to that question.

          • Wor Lass

            Can`t resist coming back, can you!

          • Clarko

            You asked me a question, I answered, it appears that I answered it so well that you don’t have anything else of substance to say.

          • Wor Lass

            See – told you. Give it up now, it`s getting really embarrassing.

          • Peaky Magpie

            There’s nee point Wor Lass he doesn’t listen,he’s in his own little world.

          • Wor Lass

            Clarko-baiting – it kills the time while waiting for the match!

          • Peaky Magpie

            He’s deeing my heed in mate,talks oot of his poop chute.😂

          • Wor Lass

            Just don`t take him seriously – he does that himself (and other things best not mentioned, no doubt).

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂😂😂 He’s replying to one of my outbursts, f knows what’s coming back here ??? 😁

      • Peaky Magpie

        Ooh ffs man,give it a f*****g rest.

        • Clarko

          Give what a rest? I asked a simple question, a question that wasn’t directed at you, maybe you should try to practice what you preach.

          • Peaky Magpie

            You go on and on about nowt.Are you real ? Are you a robot ? Are you Fleckman & Monkseaton the same “thing” ??? I really am beginning to wonder.

          • Clarko

            I go on and on about Newcastle, it appears you go on and on about other members of this site. What do you contribute to this forum? Make your profile visible, lets see what you add to this platform, lets see what you go on and on about. Here are some examples of posts I’ve made in the past week:

            “Have Stoke, West Ham, Palace, Bournemouth and Burnley spent €221.31m over the past three seasons? Your point would be more valid if both Huddersfield and Brighton were rooted to the bottom of the table, they’re not, if they can be ‘successful’, so should Newcastle, we have spent enough to be competitive and survive relegation”

            “As for the net spend, you’re either uninformed or selectively leaving out information, the full quote from the accounts:
            ‘Subsequent to the balance sheet date the club has generated a net surplus of around £40m in respect of changes to the playing squad, a substantial proportion of the player sales are on deferred terms and will be received over the next 3-4 years, with the result that in the year ending 30 June 2017 there will be a net cash outlay with respect to these transfers'”

            “Newcastle bought Atsu, Manquillo, Joselu, Murphy, Lejeune and loaned Merino before purchasing him, spending a total of €49.30m. Newcastle didn’t just bring in a “few lads” with some being “on loan”, Newcastle bought six players. Where are all these other “failed” deals? Benitez had four targets at the beginning of the window, those being Lejeune, Merino, Abraham and Caballero, he got two of them”

          • Peaky Magpie

            Who do I go on and on about ??? Give me names ! Profile ? Where’s yours,real name etc ? I’ve put well over a 1000 quotes on this site with almost double upvotes,what about you ? You come on here to play nothing but devils advocate,people just laugh at you not with you,wind your neck in and get a life,your facts & figures are boring as are you.

          • Clarko

            In this thread you have told me to “give it a f*****g rest” and you have brought up “Fleckman” and “Monkseaton”. All in the space of two comments, all of which had nothing to do with the initial topic, that being Saivet of Newcastle United.

            So again, make your profile visible, lets see what you contribute to this forum, lets see what you go on and on about.

            “I’ve put well over a 1000 quotes on this site with almost double upvotes”. Yes, and you’re fully capable of deleting posts and upvoting your own posts. It’s the content that’s important, make you profile visible.

            “Everyone wants people they like to be right, that’s why popular people are f*****g dumb”

          • Peaky Magpie

            Never delete or upvote my own posts,you only lie to yourself.Are you calling me “dumb” on that last quote ??? Do you want to meet up the next time I’m in NE ?? Name the place & time sunshine.

          • Clarko

            “Never delete or upvote my own posts”. Never said you did. Make your profile visible.

            Insert generic statement here – “you only lie to yourself”

            “Are you calling me ‘dumb’ on that last quote?” What do you think? I think I am.

            Embarrassing.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Time & place dickheed,I’m available whenever ??

          • Clarko

            Embarrassing.

          • Peaky Magpie

            What’s embarrassing Clarko ? Come on spit it out !

          • Clarko

            You are.

            Have fun.

          • Peaky Magpie

            You too 😂 All that matters is our wonderful football club.I may joke n jest but I love Newcastle United more than anything,started going in days of Supermac,who is still my favourite along with Beardsley,have a good New Year and we can maybe pick up our differences then.

          • Clarko

            I wasn’t joking.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Right,ok dickheed,time and place ? You’ll not know what effing hits you.

          • Clarko

            Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure it’s IQ will be lower than 80.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Clarko you divvent want the olive branch I’ve reached out,so be it.My IQ lower than 80 😂😂😂 I earn well over £100k per year as does my beautiful French wife,is IQ really relevant,is it ? You need a reality check sunshine,you really don’t know what you’re talking about and you really don’t know who you’re dealing with.What an effing loser.

          • Clarko

            My mistake, lower than 75.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Have you heard of The Peaky Blinders ??

          • Clarko

            I don’t care, I’m not interested, I’m done.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Ok,as I said Clarko,olive branch and all that:don’t push it.

    • TheNutJob

      been in the Toon, wor kids got 6-0 at 50/1

      😂😂😂

  • magpiefifer

    I don’t want to give this game up completely,but being realistic,it will be a no-pointer.
    We have to be focussed on Saturday’s game – which we have to win – and rest key players.I’d like to rest Lascelles but I dread to think of the scoreline without him!!!

    • TheNutJob

      If he does well tonight he may be playing for them next month, they are after another centre back

  • 5floorshigh

    Rafa confirming Mitro wont play any part…….shocker !

    • Mitros gotta start

      How can he……he is injured…..or is he?
      Rafa the liar!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Merino or Haydn need to play in the other midfield slot Diame just not up to it.
    Would also play Gayle as the only one with pace.

  • Mitros gotta start

    Aarons joselu shelvey dummet mbemba just a few of the starters….nee saivet though