Date: Sat 15th December, 2012.
Kick off: 12.45pm.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W.Mids).
UK TV: Sky Sports 2.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afyternoon’s game between Newcastle United and Premier League champions, Manchester City.
With a tough series of games coming up over the Christmas period, the Magpies will be hoping to get off to a good start against the “Citizens.” Whoever the opposition, Newcastle United need some more points, and they need them soon with only one solitary win amongst five losses in our last six games. Against such daunting opposition, even a draw would be welcome this afternoon, with hopes pinned on three points against our next opponents, Queens Park Rangers. For a detailed look forward to the game though, may I recommend you check out my latest match preview, which should fill you in on everything you need to know in the run up the kick-off.
So, with that out of the way I will just get on with reminding you that this game will broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 in the UK, though I will also be posting some links for those of you around the world who can’t get it, as well as the official team sheets before kick-off. If you stay tuned, I will also be posting highlights of the game when it is all over, as well as a video of the whole game.
So I will sign off for now and get the team sheets and links for the game, but not without the usual
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, James Perch, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Jonas Gutierrez.
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart (G), Pablo Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Matija Nastasic, Gael Clichy; Javi Garcia, Yaya Toure (C), Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Carlos Tevez.
Subs: Costel Pantilimon (G), Aleksandar Kolarov, Karim Rekik, Joleon Lescott, Abdul Razak, Scott Sinclair, Edin Dzeko.