Paul Merson has been looking ahead to Saturday at the Etihad.
Newcastle United are 28/1 to win the game, this in a three horse race (a draw or one of the two winning) where anything can happen, allegedly.
Merson surveys what is happening a St James Park now and declares ‘You have got to feel for the Newcastle fans.’
Referring to the style of play and cup exit against Forest, he declares about Newcastle fans: ‘I think they’d probably rather win something and spend another season in the Championship than watch this every week at the moment.’
If only life was so easy, if only we as Newcastle fans had the choice of either seeing relative success in the Premier League OR winning a cup!!
Undoubtedly Rafa’s tactics could have been more attack minded at Forest and the Newcastle side could have done better – BUT Newcastle aren’t in any kind of a position to win a cup – OR have a comfortable life in the Premier League – not because of Rafa’s tactics or team selection, but because Mike Ashley ensures that NUFC don’t have a team/squad that can have a real go in any competition.
Newcastle had a great record against Chelsea in recent times at St James Park, yet still lost last weekend.
This Saturday NUFC take on Man City, having lost nine PL games in a row at the Etihad. The irony is that claims of deluded Newcastle fans automatically expecting trophies, is instantly disproven by the fact that we would all be ecstatic if we managed a point at Man City!
Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:
“You have got to feel for the Newcastle fans.
“Fifty-five thousand supporters turn up every week and now they’re out of the cup.
“Now it’s a long season for them – last week’s stats against Chelsea were bordering on atrocious. With 25 minutes played, it was 90 per cent possession to 10 per cent in favour of Chelsea.
“I’ve seen that in five-minute spells, I’ve never seen it in a 25-minute spell, ever.
“Newcastle will go to the Etihad and defend, but Man City will break them down, 100 per cent.
“It’s just when, and how many times.
“The Newcastle fans packed the away ends at Nottingham Forest [in the Carabao Cup], and they’re out of the cup already.
“I think they’d probably rather win something and spend another season in the Championship than watch this every week at the moment.
“Prediction is Manchester City 3 Newcastle United 0.”
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