Manchester City vs Newcastle United match banter!
Posted on March 30th, 2013 | 54 Comments |
Venue: City of Manchester Stadium.
Date: Sat 30th March, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancs.).
UK TV: None.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for today’s game against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Of course, this should be a tough one. Going on previous results, if the score is predictable, it should either a 2-1 or 3-1 victory to them (3-1, 2-1, 2-1, 3-1 to them in the last four games at their place with roughly similar results at SJP too). There is also some discouraging team news too. Although the Citizens displayed a soft underbelly in their previous game, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of bogey team, Everton, they were missing some key players throughout the spine of the team in that one. Those players were Captain, Vincent Kompany, at the back, Yaya Toure in the heart of midfield and Sergio Aguero at the front, all of whom could be making a return today. The fewer the better, hopefully. We will be without quite a few of our key players of our own too, with Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Mathieu Debuchy, Cheick Tiote and Hetem Ben Arfa all missing.
Putting my pessimistist’s hat to one side and putting my optimist’s hat on however, it certainly isn’t an impossible task, and it will just make victory all the sweeter too in the unlikely event that it happens. Also, we still have the likes of Cisse, Gouffran, Marveaux, Sissoko and Cabaye in attack, with Yanga M’Biwa in Coloccini’s central defensive slot and Danny Simpson to take back his old position at right back. The big problem lies with the left back position of course, with both Santon and Haidara both missing. Even there though, there are still options. We shall see soon! If you fancy a flutter on the game, don’t forget to check out sports.bwin.com before you do.
So I shall leave things there, except to sign off with all my usual reminders about how I will also be posting the team sheets here when they are available, along with links to watch the game online in the comments section, with seperate posts for highlights and also a video of the whole match when it’s all over.
Howay the Lads!
Manchester City (4-3-3-1): Joe Hart (G), Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (C), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy, Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko.
Subs: Costel Pantilmon (G), Kolo Toure, Aleksandar Kolarov, Javi Garcia, James Milner, Scott Sinclair, Sergio Aguero.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (G), Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye (C), Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko, Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Steve Harper (G), Curtis Good, James Perch, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Adam Campbell.