On paper, the strikeforce of Manchester City is impressive to say the least. More than that though, on the pitch they are all performing and scoring goals at the moment which spells trouble for Newcastle.
Lucky for us we boast the meanest defence in the Premier League to date and in Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor have the makings of a truly great partnership at the centre of defence.
Of course a lot could change in the next two weeks but chances are the following are the individual battles we will see on the day and my own take on how I see them going.
Aguero vs Taylor
Aguero is probably the one of the three sure to start. He is a class act and on his day is virtually unstoppable. In saying that I think coming up against Taylor and Coloccini he may still come in for a tough time of it.
His main weakness is aerial prowess. Lucky for him Man City are generally not a team for long ball tactics, but if they are pressured into it Aguero will not get much change off our defence.
Both Taylor and Coloccini are superior to him in the air and seem to have managed very well against any side that has pumped balls in at them to date. I think the danger lies more so with his pace, movement and technical ability.
In terms of pace, although Aguero is quick off the mark chances are he will drift to the left side more often than not. If that is the case Steven Taylor will be the one assigned to keeping him quiet and thankfully is no slouch either.
As well as that Taylor seems to read the game and anticipate opposition runs in behind very well these days which may stifle Aguero’s threat to an extent, certainly in terms of him trying to play on the shoulder of the last defender.
The only real concern for me is him dropping deep, but more so his fondness for drifting out to the left hand side, doubling up with David Silva and cutting in to the central position for a shot in or around the box.
The reason this worries me is Danny Simpson is just as fond of showing players inside. This could pose problems at times but that said I do think we are blessed to have Steven Taylor playing on that side of the centre of defence.
Nobody in our team is more willing to put their body on the line to block strikes from range. Aguero loves to cut in and take shots of that nature so hopefully Taylor is well aware and ready to deal with that potential threat.
All things considered, although Aguero is a top class player and it will be extremely difficult to keep him quiet for ninety minutes, I do think Steven Taylor is one of the most well equipped centre backs in the league to deal with him.
Who will win? Too hard to call for me. It will be one of the most interesting battles on the pitch.
Dzeko / Balotelli vs Coloccini
Hard to say who will play alongside Aguero. Both Balotelli and Dzeko are in fine form and are similar in style being tall, dominant players, posing more of an aerial threat than Aguero but more than comfortable with the ball at their feet too.
Whichever of the two it may be to start, chances are they will be faced with the prospect of getting the better of Fabrizio Coloccini who has been absolutely immense so far this season.
Admittedly there are certain aspects of the game in which either player could cause Coloccini some problems. Both could conceiviably get the better of him aerially but as I said before, that is not Man Citys style of play at all.
Pace-wise I think of the two Balotelli especially has the edge over Coloccini, but with Steven Taylor doing an immaculate job in covering the odd time he does get caught for pace, again it is not something I am too worried about.
That leaves movement and technical ability. This is where Coloccini wins out over both in my opinion. He is one of the most technically gifted centre backs in the league, unfazed by anyone trying to outsmart him with a trick.
Although both Dzeko and Balotelli are technically gifted players for big men, I really can`t see either making Coloccini look bad in this regard. In fact I think he could really frustrate them, especially Balotelli.
Coloccini winning this battle could be vital in the overall performance of the defence. Leading as he does, by example and instilling confidence in Steven Taylor, hopefully the full backs and men in front of him too.
Ideal scenario would be for him to face off against Balotelli. I think his temperament is questionable to say the least and Coloccini could really get to him, either throwing him and in turn City off their game, or even better getting him sent off.
Who will win? Coloccini for me. One of few man for man battles in which we have the better player.
Extremely hard one to call in my eyes. A lot closer than some people may think. As with most sides they face up against it will largely depend on the impact of their little Spanish maestro in midfield but if he can be kept quiet I think on their game Taylor and Coloccini could really stake their claim as one of the best defensive partnerships in the league going forward.
What do other people think? Have we the strength to keep out the highest scorers in the Premier League or are the defensive duo in for a tough day at the office?