Match of The Day commentator talks ‘Crisis’ ahead of Newcastle United v Manchester City
Ahead of the game on Saturday, Match of The Day commentator Guy Mowbray has been analysing the Newcastle United v Manchester City game.
Newcastle having brought to end a 22 game run without a win against Man City, when NUFC won 2-1 in January.
Between them, Newcastle’s forward trio have made 45 PL appearances in their NUFC careers and have produced only one goal and one assist between them, the Match of The Day man saying: ‘One day Miguel Almiron will score – and when he does I’m selling t-shirts.’
Mowbray says that ‘Crisis’ is an overused word in football but that ‘Newcastle have always got some form of one going on’, though he claims at the minute about the Magpies that: ‘I wouldn’t say they’re even close (to a crisis) in on-field terms.’
Newcastle though have rode their luck this season and the consecutive wins over West Ham and Bournemouth dragged them at least temporarily out of the relegation picture.
However, with Man City on Saturday and then Sheff Utd away, Newcastle are in danger of being right in amongst it again, ahead of what looks a huge match at home to Southampton on Sunday 8 December.
As for Manchester City, ‘Crisis’ appears to apply whenever they lose a game these days.
Currently nine points behind Liverpool, the Match of The Day commentator says about Man City: ‘They lost this fixture last season. If they do so again it would be a… problem.’
It kind of sums up the respective positions now, that a draw at home for Newcastle would be a great result, whilst a draw away would be a small disaster for the visitors.
Match of The Day commentator’s notes:
‘Crisis’. An over and wrongly used word in football that we need to apply some relative reality to.
Granted, Newcastle have always got some form of one going on, but I wouldn’t say they’re even close in on-field terms.
Yes, the forwards’ lack of goals is at least a worry, but one day Miguel Almiron will score – and when he does I’m selling t-shirts.
It’s the sort of season where this might be that day.
Meanwhile, City ‘struggle along’ nine points behind Liverpool, having progressed in the Champions League and received a £389m investment boost this week.
They lost this fixture last season. If they do so again it would be a… problem.
Newcastle are vying to secure back-to-back Premier League victories over Manchester City for the first time since November 2003. They ended a 22-match winless run in this fixture with a 2-1 victory at St James’ Park in January.
Newcastle are unbeaten in five home league games since losing to Arsenal on the opening weekend (W2, D3).
Only Leicester have conceded fewer home goals in the Premier League this season than Newcastle’s four.
The last time they beat both Manchester sides at home in the same top-flight season was in 1986-87.
Miguel Almiron has had 22 shots without scoring in the Premier League this season, more than any other player. The January signing is yet to score his first goal or provide his first assist in the division.
Newcastle’s attacking trio of Joelinton, Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin have only registered a single goal and assist in 45 Premier League appearances between them.
It’s the first time in a decade that City have conceded as many as 14 league goals at this stage of a season.
City have scored in 17 successive Premier League away games, their third longest streak in the division.
They are the division’s top scorers this season with 37 goals, and have only failed to score in one of their past 35 league fixtures.
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