What can Newcastle hope for against City?

Can we sneak a result at the Etihad?
When the two remaining unbeaten clubs in the Premier League meet on Saturday, many will be expecting only one outcome.

After City’s incredible early season form, which has seen them brush aside the likes of Spurs, Aston Villa and, famously, Manchester United, it would be perhaps fair to envisage only a win for the League leaders.

What stands in their way however is a Newcastle side high on confidence. Without a league defeat since the 1st May, Newcastle have without doubt surprised many, but even the most ardent Newcastle fan would surely be foolish to expect anything other than a defeat at the Etihad. Well, perhaps. Perhaps we might lose our unbeaten run, but then again, perhaps City will get a shock.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News on Tuesday, ex Mag and Citizen Antoine Sibierski believes City should not take Newcastle lightly.

Sibs said: “People say Newcastle are the shock team but I knew they would do well – they have so many French players… you can’t underestimate Newcastle – they are on a good run and have great team spirit, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they got a result.”

It’s clear from this that he thinks Newcastle will put up a good fight, something which perhaps the rest of the media disagree with. With Paddy Power, Newcastle are 9/1 to win, odds which you would normally associate with a top v bottom clash, not a 1st v 3rd. Fountain of all knowledge and moustachioed Match of the Day man Mark Lawrenson will no doubt have us to get beat by 3 or 4 in his weekly predictions, but whilst those who know best may have us on a hiding to nothing, things might not be so clear cut.

When the two sides meet on Saturday, it will be the league’s top scorers, against the league’s meanest defence, so to predict Newcastle to ship three or four, may be forgetting that Newcastle appear to be a changed team. Last year, perhaps it would be acceptable to expect a mauling at the hands of one of the big four, but that was the Newcastle of old. Having only conceded eight goals in the league this season, and with only three or those coming away from home, it surely is not inconceivable that we could go to Manchester and frustrate City.

There is a high chance that we will go there and get beat, but I still feel that we have a better chance than many might suggest. I read something the other day about our position. We are now well over a quarter of the way through the season, and we currently sit in 3rd, one point behind Manchester United, and six behind City, yet we are still 250/1 to win the league. If it was Liverpool in our position, would they be considered title contenders? The answer for me would be yes, so why aren’t we?

I’m not saying we are going to win the title – I don’t think we will be anywhere near – but at this moment in time, still unbeaten and sitting in 3rd, we are surely should be taken seriously. Our run was tipped to end at the hands of Spurs, and then again at the Britannia, but so far, it’s still going and there’s no reason why it should end this weekend.

Come Saturday evening, it is probable that there will only be one team left in the league left unbeaten, and whilst most would suggest that Lineker and Co will be drooling over multiple goals from the likes of Aguero and Dzeko, it’s not all that unlikely that they could be sat there starting the take Newcastle a little bit more seriously.

About Ben Johnson

In 3rd year of English degree at Leeds Trinity University. Hoping to go on and do something Sports Journalism related. Breathe NUFC. Follow me on twitter @nufc_blog

128 thoughts on “What can Newcastle hope for against City?

  1. I wonder what he’s going to tell us after dinner?

    Try and guess – A, B or C

    A. He’s covered himself in jelly and is about to run up the street

    B. He’s wearing his mam’s clothes

    C. He’s covered himself in excrement and is about to rob a Londis


  2. am i awake?

    is this actually happening?

    I’ve had enough… i’m pouring myself a rum and coke and having a lie down. 😕


  3. readin all that was like magic mushrooms 😕
    Am going for an ice cream, erm, pint i mean. JEEZAZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  4. ok out a wafer on ice cream steady Bob put chocolate on on top of everything pour with sprinkles and chrunchie


  5. ok out a wafer on ice cream steady Bob put chocolate on on top of everything pour with sprinkles and chrunchie

    Toonsy what wouldnt u count on


  6. The internet is a wonderful place at times 😀

    You guys want to see the contact I got sent. I may have it for desert this evening 😆


  7. Dirty scummy barstools!!! 👿

    MsiDouglas Mark Douglas
    Noble makes it two, prodding home from close range. Celebrates in front of #nufc fans again!


  8. MUNCH, time to apple. i sprayed 2 a monkey, phillipino lovechild chocolate dime coin.

    Do you know what i mean cocoa sundae? 😆


  9. the end of the day its 11 v 11 we were robbed there last season with Tevez getting a pen when it was a free kick De Jong shud have seen Red and got nothing then to top it off Ameobi was clearly tripped in the box and we got nothing. 1-2 Newcastle 🙂


  10. Hitman I think thats the start of the big teams starting to flex their muscle over the uefa financial fair play rules, it was a cert the big boys wont except it if there is no way round it


  11. Too big for their own boots. I don;t think they realise that it’s us small fry 🙄 that contribute to their success.


  12. The Citeh fans are no doubt full of themselves, overconfident and dismissing us.
    That’s fine. I only wish Mancini would be as stupid, thick and pompous as most of their fans.
    Sadly, he’s not.


  13. Not too confident for Saturday, but football is a funny old game as someone once said.

    Having said that, I think we will go full of hope and excitment and we’ll probably have our bubble burst by being two down inside twenty minutes.

    We’ve got to go there and look to be positive or we’ll get beaten easily, we might get beat anyhow but at least we’ll have given it ago.


  14. whatever may happen on Saturday, we’re definitely gonna do better than the 1-6 cuffing that Man City gave to Man Utd…..they’ll never live that one down.. 🙄


  15. dont know if cocoa sundays totally done me brain in,but think we will draw on saturday , and still be unbeaten after next three games. 😀 😀


  16. The third Saturday of November has a special place in my life – the anniversary of attending my first ever game at St James’ Park, in 1964, my 10th birthday.

    I’m celebrating it this year with a weekend on Magnetic Island up in the tropics, on the Barrier Reef. If you happen to be there, I’ll be the guy wearing the Newcastle top on matchday. Mention this blog and I’ll buy you a drink.

    Howay the lads.


  17. Been away and just caught on last few articles…

    Just want to say how great it is to look at real competition for places and us third in the table! Just need some defensive cover now! (thats a lot of justs!…)

    Anything at all from the game this weekend would be great. I personally think something from the Chelsea game, of the 3 we have coming up, is most realistic…but I plan to enjoy them all!


  18. Well after these 3 games we are still gonna be in the top 7 supposed we lose all 3 and Villa in 8th win their next 3. And It’s unlikely that will happen.


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