Venue: City of Manchester Stadium.
Date: Mon 19th Aug, 2013.
Kick off: 8.00pm.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
UK TV: Sky Sports 1.
Well it’s finally here!
Another season, and it’s straight into the deep end once again for the Magpies with the club whose name sounds like a Gay Anthem or a night at the Powerhouse, Man City. It’s away too. Last season it was Tottenham, the one before that, Arsenal, then Manchester United and so on. No one could ever accuse us of getting easy starts!
Today has officially been designated as ‘Bert Trautmann Day’ at the City of Manchester Stadium after the great German City goalkeeper who famously kept on playing after breaking his neck in the 1956 FA Cup final as substitutes weren’t allowed back in those days. Sadly, Bert died very recently on July 19th in Valencia, though at 89 he did have a respectable innings.
The last time we got a victory against Manchester City was way back in September 2005, when Michael Owen managed to sink the Citizens, and even that was at home. Our last seven games against tham have all been defeats, with current Newcastle United Director of Football, Sir Joe Kinnear, being the last manager who was able to eke a point out of them with a 2-2 draw back in October 2008.
Defender Matija Nastasic is still out with an ankle injury picked up at the Asia Trophy in Hong Kong last month. However, new signings Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo will be all be fit and ready to go.
Alan Pardew has named an 18 man squad for the game (below), though as usual I will also be posting the starting eleven along with the subtitutes when they are available. Meanwhile loan signing Loic Remy is still nursing a calf strain he had when we signed him.
Newcastle squad: Tim Krul (G), Rob Elliot (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse.
As usual, I will be posting the full starting line-ups when they become available.
What the managers have been saying.
Manuel Pellegrini: “We have to hit the ground running and that starts against Newcastle.”
Alan Pardew: “It’s a psychological game for us in terms of putting ourselves in the minds of everybody with a really strong performance and hopefully we’ll get some points out of it. City have invested heavily again and obviously they will be one of the top contenders for the title, so it is going to be a tough game but it is one we are more than ready for. We need to take care but the ideal scenario is to get a result of some kind and I think we’ve got the players to do it. We’ve got some fabulous players and we’ve got an opportunity, and hopefully we can take it.”
This game will be televised on Sky Sports one, though as usual I will be putting up som links to watch the game too for those of you who can’t get it, as well as posting match highlights, and possibly a video of the whole game when it’s all over.
Howay the Lads!
Manchester City (4-4-2): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (c), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, David Silva; Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero
Subs: Costel Pantilimon, Aleksandar Kolarov, Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell, James Milner, Samir Nasri, Alvaro Negredo.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse
Subs: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi