Game On! Manchester City v Newcastle United

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United travel to champions Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday (5.30pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of a three-game unbeaten run which has seen a victory at Hull followed by two draws against Stoke and Crystal Palace.
The sides have already met twice this season. On the opening day, Manchester City ran out 2-0 winners.
However, United gained revenge a couple of months later when they beat the holders of the Capital One Cup 2-0, with Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko on target.
Newcastle will be without Paul Dummett after he injured his knee cap in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace last time out and will likely be out for the rest of the season.
That means head coach John Carver heads to Manchester with captain Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Daryl Janmaat and Massadio Haidara as his only fit senior defenders, while Remy Cabella (knee) is a doubt.
Nevertheless, Carver remains in confident mood and told his club’s official website: “We are going there knowing that we are playing against a good side, but we are not going to be fearful because we’ve proved that we can go there and get a result.”

Wilfried Bony will be available to make his long-awaited Manchester City debut. The Ivory Coast international striker Bony moved from Swansea City to the Etihad Stadium in January on the eve of embarking on a successful Africa Cup of Nations campaign with his country. Toure is also back and is expected to slot straight back into the starting line-up against Newcastle, while Bony will compete with Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic for a place alongside top scorer Sergio Aguero as City boss Pellegrini has the pleasure of selecting from his full complement of attacking options.

Man City Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Mangala, Kolarov, Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero

Subs Caballero, Demichelis, Clichy, Lampard, Fernando, Navas, Bony

Newcastle Utd Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Haïdara; Sissoko, Anita, Colback; Pérez, Cissé, Gouffran.

Subs Woodman, R.Taylor, Abeid, Obertan, Ameobi, Armstrong, Rivière.

493 thoughts on “Game On! Manchester City v Newcastle United

  1. Troysta: acually less than a point a game 6 from 7. However, if he keeps it up we won’t be relegated – THIS SEASON.

    Kimtoon: losing the toss for kickoff is about the funniest excuse I have ever seen. I understand where he is coming from but it is still pure comedy gold that not even Pardew could have come up with.

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  2. Kim – then I disagree with JC as well :lol:. Willo is guff, but I still say it’s unfair to blame him for a mistake by Anita. I’m simply not having it 👿 😆

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  3. Sharpy @ 452 it seems you see the game different to a lot of others including our head coach 😕
    I have agreed with you that it was Anita that gave the penalty away, but he should never have been put in that position by Willo in the 1st place, as I said earlier and before Carver came out to agree with me that Willo should have lauched the ball, like he normally does

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  4. Unless something freaky happens I’ve got 4 teams finishing with 34 or less

    As limp as we are under the sharpei we’ll scrape 40 and be well clear imo

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  5. Dave – I’m happy to see it differently to our head coach!! 😆

    CC – can you stop calling him that please!, I keep thinking you are having a go at me!! 😳 😆

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  6. Batty – I’ve just been watching SSN app and Andy Goram talking about Rangers and how they want Dave King in and Ashley & the board out. There can’t be many more unpopular people in football at the moment than Ashley 👿

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  7. Sharpy I was reading a thing last week that Gordon Ramsay had joined some supporters trust that are against Jabba getting control. They think having Ramsay will get them a lot more exposure and support

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  8. Dave – dare I say it, but I actually think that Ashley is exactly what Rangers need – for a couple of seasons at least. They are in such a financial mess, at least he could straighten that side of the club up. It might be at the expense of pushing for titles during those seasons but at least he’d get them back on an even footing – that ugly word ‘stability’ again 😕

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  9. Just listened to the Chronicle Podcast and 2 out of 3 of the Journos couksnt say whether Carver wouldn’t get the job. The impression I got was that they think he could well get the gig.

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  10. Where else is jabba going to make this sort of money for doing sweet fanny Adams while paying others a pittance to do his dirty work,he would be a mug to give it up

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  11. I’ve taking to fonging myself while watching our matches. It distracts me from the horror somewhat. But it’s hard on the neighbours listening to the screams. 😯

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  12. We stank on Saturday. We have no proper manager. We don’t have enough decent players. We have a mentally handicapped owner. Where does this end? Madness!!!! Madness I say!!!!

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  13. Ha ha ha
    so the season now rests on great performance against villa on Saturday.
    This should be very interesting
    Villa need the 3 points more than we do
    Villa have a new coach, with a point to prove
    Villa could climb out of the bottom 3 with a win (NUFC can go nowhere)
    Villa have actually conceded less goals than NUFC so far this season.
    Villas big problem has been NOT scoring goals, if Sherwood sorts that out, then we have a problem
    If villa should score first, then we are stuffed.
    0-0 is a very good possibility.
    imho
    I hope that is acceptable to the silent majority
    worse case scenario is we try too hard and get caught by a sucker punch.
    God help us

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  14. So Kevin Keegan is gloomy about the club’s future as well. It’s time lads. Boycott! Boycott! Boycott!!!!

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  15. Ah I’ve read it now Sharpy. It only stands to reason Keagan is concerned. He’s not mentally handicapped like our owner.

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  16. Troy – the purpose of wanting rid of Parsnip was to replace him with someone better.
    If the club think Carver is better, then that’s their loss.
    makes me laugh really
    Defeat at home to villa on Saturday may bring things into focus a little more, but then again, I doubt it.
    Long live the silent majority

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  17. Anybody who can watch this drivel and remain silent is beyond me. Utter tripe. Demoralized players. A head coach (hahahahaha) who looks completely lost. An owner who could care less unless we’re in the bottom 3. It’s bottom of the barrel time for us mates.

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  18. Has anything else spewed out of the mouth of Lee (I’m a brilliant football man) Charnley? I can’t wait. It’s going to be such important insight into our brilliantly run football club.

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  19. Just a few reminders of insipid performances from last season.
    mackems lost 0-3 at home
    spurs lost 0-4 at home
    Everton lost 0-3 at home
    Manure lost 0-4 at home
    We do seem to struggle when under pressure at home.
    And that was before the fans got on Percy’s case.

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  20. BB: Troy acts like we deserve Carver because Pardew scarpered. It is a nonsensical argument. We are left with him because of cheapness and stupidity by upper management. He was always Pard of the problem and remains to be. We had other choices but Charnley cannot walk and chew gum at the same time.

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  21. Now next game is a must win one, with Colback out but Janmaat in we have to go for same back 4, Abeid playing with Jonas to replace Anita, Aarons right if fit, if not Obertan, Sammy left, Cabella behind Cissé.

    ——————Krul—————–
    -Janmaat–Willo-Colo–Haidara–
    ———–Abeid—-Jonas———-
    –Aarons——————-Sammy-
    —————-Cabella—————
    —————–Cissé—————–

    I reckon we should win. PS: Cabella has to deliver.

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  22. No, Id go back to Sissoko on right wing. And for Cabella deliver means having a positive impact on Or this game which see us win. On bench Id put Gk, Satka, Raylor, Aarons, Obertan, Ayoze, Ferreyra.
    Give a chance to Chucky is a must we need new ideas. Id play Raylor CM ahead of Anita. Ayoze to come as sub.

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  23. Cholo – I don’t think Jonas will play for us again I’m afraid mate. But I do think the idea of going more 4-4-2.
    I would rather see us go with 2 wide men and 2 CFs personally coz I don’t Cisse or Perez gets enough support when they’re up there alone.

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  24. Sharpy – I read the Garde thing the other way. He was being very respectful to the regime. Smart thing to do. If he wasn’t interested he could just say that with nothing to lose. With no improvement in sight from Carver and Co let’s hope by May they’ll let him bring his own team with him.

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  25. Gardes the only realistic target that ticks every box for me; Good record for developing young players, Adaptable tactically, Worked in a similar structure at Lyon, Speaks fluent English and should instantly command respect as a former international player and trophy winning manager/coach

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  26. Also he is insisting on his trusted no2, Goalkeeping coach and fitness coach joining with him, Another box well and truly ticked for me as an overhaul of the backroom is long overdue

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  27. Not really Watson would go back to the U18s, Woodman will join Palace and acording to Pardew Stone was focusing more on the development team in the last year or so

    I couldn’t see Carver wanting to stay put if he was overlooked and would probably come to some settlement

    The contracts in france are tiny in comparison, Certainly could be easily sorted

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