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

The manager confirming ahead of the game that Lejeune, Mitrovic and Gamez are all progressing well but Mitrovic the only one of the trio having any chance of being available.

HavingΒ  not started a league game all season and with only 89 minutes in total as a sub, I think we can still safely rule Mitro out of this one.

Although Newcastle United’s number 45 did give us the lead the last time we visited the Etihad…

Whilst Newcastle did create some chances in the first half, it wasn’t just the finishing that was disappointing against rock bottom Swansea.

I think changes will be made and as Rafa has shown before, the opposition often dictates a different approach/selection for him, not just the form (or otherwise) of players.

Starting in defence, I think we could see just the one change. Some people criticised Karl Darlow for the Swansea goal, saying he should have maybe done better when making the first save, but it was a free header and I thought he didn’t do a lot wrong.

He did have one scare in the closing stages when gifting the ball to Bony but Yedlin cleared the danger.

With only one goal conceded in three games I think Darlow must surely keep his place and Clark, Lascelles and Yedlin are easy choices as well.

Dummett did ok against Swansea but with Manchester City’s quick wingers I think Rafa could rotate with the more mobile Manquillo, who has given a real value for money committed return on the manager’s faith.

I think that just like the home match, Rafa Benitez will go with Joselu as a lone striker. To relieve pressure and to give Newcastle some attacking threat, then the manager will need the option of hitting it long.

The United boss will be desperate to keep it tight in the middle and could well play Mohamed Diame as the second striker/fifth midfielder, hos workrate along with Hayden’s would then allow the more creative Mikel Merino to also play, hopefully allowing Newcastle to retain the ball better than they did in the game against Man City at St James Park.

Pace on the wings will be an essential and I think Atsu and Murphy will play, expected to get up and down the pitch and also come inside at times to support Joselu, with Diame and others able to then cover them.

At Arsenal, Rafa left both Gayle and Ritchie out and then as late subs they did really well and caused the Gunners problems, I can see a similar scenario today, with Gayle having had chances when also brought on late at St James Park against Guardiola’s team.

Hopefully Newcastle will still be in the game at that point and then who knows…at least we should have 90 minutes when we can at last forget about the never-ending takeover debate.

This team below would represent five changes from the Swansea game, with Joselu, Hayden, Atsu, Yedlin and Darlow coming in for Dummett, Ritchie, Gayle, Shelvey and Perez.

The predicted Newcastle team v Manchester City:

newcastle team v manchester city

Manchester City v Newcastle Match Betting:

Man City win 1/8Draw 19/2 – Newcastle win 22/1

NUFC win 2-0 175/1NUFC to score 2 or more goals 5/1Man City to one or zero goals 22/5

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  • JonMag

    makes you want to cry when you see any Newcastle team, Diame, Hoss-e-loo etc
    the standard drops every year. 2 years ago we had players worth in excess of Β£20m each, now you can`t shift any with a bulldozer. God knows who we`ll sign in this window

    • Jackie Milburn

      Our first team squad was worth more when Mike Ashley hijacked Newcastle United in June 2007.

      • JonMag

        well he got rid of them quick enough

        • Paul Patterson

          We had Given, Harper, Emre, Parker, N’zogbia, Duff, Owen and Martins.
          Players with some flaws but decent quality in there compared to now.

  • Peaky Magpie

    I’m going for a back 4 of Arriva,Northern,Snaithes & Stagecoach with Greyhound in front playing a holding role.

    • Jackie Milburn

      As long as we don’t have Carillion building the wall at set pieces

      • Peaky Magpie

        πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Nice one

      • Wor Lass

        Or Trump!

        • Jackie Milburn

          We would win ‘Biggly’

    • steveS100

      We’d be better with a back four of Persimmon, Barratt, Redrow and Berkeley. I’d slot in McCarthy and Stone but they are pretty much ready for retirement these days…

      • Peaky Magpie


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  • Mitros gotta start

    The fat [email protected] is making money hand over fist…..with all the tv money….free advertising….transfer profits and a sell out stadium every week why the f00k would he sell it?
    Makes no sense to me

    • kingfisher

      Unless of course His Great Obeseness needs some Wonga to bankroll some other cheapskate get rich quick scheme.πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²

      • Mitros gotta start

        Hopefully to buy rangers

  • Kneebotherm8

    I’m gonna put a couple of lines on the pools………..more chance of getting one of those up than forecasting Rafas team selection.

  • steveS100

    It’s real just about keeping the score down and protecting our goal difference. Against teams like Stoke and Huddersfield it might be worth an extra point at the end of the season. Joselu defends better from the front than Gayle and Diame is better in the tackle than Shelvey. It’s not like we are expecting to score… Pace on the wings should at least prevent Man City thinking they don’t need to bother keeping anyone back at all.

  • Chris

    Got to be 5 at the back

  • Andy Mac

    Does Gamez actually play for NUFC ?

  • Philippines

    Having seen the announced line up i am amaze that Yedlin is not in it.

  • Kneebotherm8

    9 correct picks………not bad……..surprised Merino isn’t in instead of Shelvey,he’s better defensively and we’re gonna be doing a lot of defending I would think..

  • GToon

    Well it’s nil nil after five mins. Could somebody phone up and say it’s our tea time and they have to come in, maybe play out tomorrow.