Manchester City vs Newcastle United match preview and match banter!

Posted on August 19th, 2013 | 152 Comments |

Manchester City v Newcastle.
Manchester City v Newcastle.
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.

Previous form.

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.

Team news.

Manchester City.

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.

Newcastle United.

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!

Team sheets.

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

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  1. F@ck off Alan, but haway the Toon, you ugly Cockney neverwas twatheaded silver pox. Shut your big yap face for once…

    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.”

  2. Such is the activity in my stomach I will enter the next Olympics and put foward my tum to win gold.Wishing for a polite surprise tonight,feigning hope and trying to self medicate with a lot of Jesus juice…come on the toon!!!!!

  3. Expecting the blue army to give you a right tonking tonight, I’ll be gutted if we don’t after adding £100mill of players to an already top class team!

    I predict a grim season for the Toons, and Cabaye going to the Arse isn’t going to help matters, assuming Wenger stops dicking about and gets his purse out the horrible tight fisted French Lesbian.

    Still, good luck should be a good game

  4. Oh, looks like a pasting on the cards tonight. Hopefully nobody gets injured but, nah, it’ll probably happen.

    PREDICTIONS:

    First sub: Shola on 65 minutes when we’re down 2-0, straight swap for Cisse.

    Second sub: second DM on for Cabaye, Sissoko or Goufran, 75th minute, down 3-0.

    Third sub: Marveaux in the 87th minute.

    Then again, it’s so easy maybe “prediction” isn’t the right word. Prove me wrong, Alan.

  5. tunyc : name of the song is “oh well”. I think you got it but you can never tell on blogs.

    Off to the pub to have fight with my marra chuckledoodles.

  6. tunyc says:
    August 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    “PREDICTIONS:

    “First sub: Shola on 65 minutes when we’re down 2-0, straight swap for Cisse.”

    It usually 70 minutes, tunyc, but Pardew had a brainstorm and did it five minutes early last time. It was a friendly though.

  7. I’ve put the teams up now, but I’ll put them up here as well:

    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.

  8. Worky

    Don’t take it so hard, one can’t be right all the time and some even most of the time, anyway I’m sure the Prince of Denmark will win a few, even though he is now favored to be the first PL manager to be fired, ah well!
    Too bad managers can’t be traded, we could do an exchange for our genius, fair trade as they both are it appears quite enamoured with themselves.
    And appear to be similar in respect to having good early starts but don’t fulfill their promise,though the Dane found himself in charge of a pretty good side, one I might add, built by Rodgers.
    I don’t see much hope for to-nights game and like GS am about to head for the local, sans scarf and shirt and far from balmy around 15 cel.

    Ok seriously
    You are looking for a subject to blog about, right.
    I just read about Zabletta gaing a new three year deal, I think.
    I have always seen him as a player who never got the headlines, something like whatzis name the Portuguese CD who was brought to Chelsea by Mourinho, on his first time as manager.
    Well what you may do is a number of blogs or only one, listing players who in your opinion, we’re great but never got the accolades they deserved.
    And I’m sure you have known a few over the years.

  9. worky @ 11: are you serious? Didn’t watch that match. He’s apparently even more predictable than I thought.

    Cabaye out of the squad. Again, predictable.

  10. The cabaye thing is a joke,we dont buy any first team players but bet my eyes we will sell cabaye,not replace him then,we the loyal and patient fans will swallow a main course of parrot feathers and bulls@*t.

  11. As soon as we get a bid for Cabaye he’s off the team and entire squad. Yet Everton had two bids for baines and fellaini on Friday and BOTH were in the team at Norwich. Different priorities at the two clubs ? If you thought Fatman was capable of cunning stunts you were right !

  12. Arsenal have bid £10m for him WT and that was knocked back but we let the world know about it just in case others might like to up the ante ?

  13. Andy @ 20: yeah, and I heard of this team in London who only get 30K per game but have turned down multiple bids of 80M+ for a kid they bought for 7M. It’s like they want to win or something…

  14. worky @ 25: had the same thought, but maybe AshleyCo are thinking they ought to put him in bubble wrap now that a buyer has appeared. That or he’s injured.

    pfffffffffffffft

  15. Lots of reports saying it’s been turned down which it obviously will be if it’s only £10m. They’ll need to dig deep into the warchest considering we all know how fucked they are right now! Guessing it’d take around £23m~

  16. GUTI int he team were going to winnnnnnnnnn!

    Cabs going then or has Pards said hes injured or some bollocks?

  17. sirjasontoon says:
    August 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    “WE WILL BE BUMMED HARD TONIGHT.”

    Thay won’t use a condom either. I don’t like the look of this already.

  18. Remember when everyone was saying it was all because Pardew was playing a 4-4-2? Well Pellegrini’s playing 4-4-2. Then again, Pellegrini isn’t Pardew, he’s a football manager.

  19. We are all bending over grasping a cheek with each hand and chewing dry rice.(see American me.)

  20. We really suck at passing as City just pass the ball slowly towards our goal area and we struggled to string a few together.

  21. sirjasontoon says:
    August 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    “Great minds again Worky haha”

    I did say Debuchy was a mental case before he came, SJT. He was a red and yellow card magnet who gave away penalties in France too, and I think he’s gannin’ to be worse here.

  22. sirjasontoon says:
    August 19, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    “Think he has been shit since he got here…not warmed to him at all worky”

    Everyone who hadn’t seen him was saying he was great and they couldn’t wait to get rid of Simpson blah blah… Bullshitters. I watched him in France.

    We’re lucky to be only two down so far and it’s only 1/4 of the way through.

  23. pretty sure we all wrote this game off and now everyone is shocked with the performance!
    season starts when pardew is sacked, SIMPLES

  24. Phisix says:
    August 19, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    “You dreaming there Worky? A few more goals against us is all I see.”

    Sorry Phisix, I was stooping to basic sarcasm there.

  25. Why can other teams attack and defend well but we cannot, even when another team has worse players than us. :S

  26. sirjasontoon says:
    August 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    “The Rolling halftime Ball looks fun….Crass.”

    Is that the ‘Wonga cash dash’ or ‘Ready, steady, Wonga!’ SJT?

  27. sirjasontoon says:
    August 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    “Thanks for the education…….I feel sick”

    Judging by what Wonga, Derek Llabias and now John Irving have been saying, Newcastle is gannin’ be be Wongatoon soon. Everything is about “working closely with the fans” both at SJP and in the wider community. There will be no escape. I’m glad I live in London! :-)

  28. So, this is how Anita has to get a game? Cabaye on the block and Jonas too injured to go on? Gah, you’d think this club were bad at strategizing or something…

  29. Ah, direct red for wor Stevie. That’s three out for him.

    I guess the fates had to give me a taste of just how bad it’s going to get as I’d already conceded we’d lose today.

  30. “Cab not in the right frame of mind to play”. Anyone recall the Fatman and Del Boy telling AC to ask for a transfer ?

  31. I’m with Phisix. Back to more engaging and entertaining tasks: scanning and indexing shipbuilding records.

    Oh look, there’s that LFC supporting coworker emailing me to gloat. Awesome.

    Later, gents.

  32. I thought it was going to be bad but this!! Pathetic, embarrassing, useless rubbish.No doubt Pardews excuses tomorrow could be described the same way before he utters a word.The relegation fight starts here.

  33. pardew interview ” we was unlucky with goals, unlucky with red card. apart from that im pleased with the spirit we showed blah blah fookin blah! jump off tyne bridge on the way home you tosser

  34. Wat a load of crap……we are ready parses said. If u field the same team u escaped relegation with why Wu’s expect anything less……championship here we come

  35. Well.Oh.Surprising?No.Weak in the manor we are and will capitulate,but will city do us a favour and help push the parrot of his perch?

  36. Willie Wong’s cissay is way out of his depth…..wat a deserved wake up call…..men against boys…lets see how the three stooges (ashley,pardew,kinnear) get us out of this…pathetic and embarrasing….

  37. One bit of good news….taylor is off, he is a loose cannon and is not good enuff for this league….

  38. Well another great move by manager……leave on cisse who fasnot touched the ball and bring off our most talented..

  39. Toures customary goal,every game against us he plays,he scores.I just passed wind with more essence than parpoos management skills

  40. That goal was perfectly good. We should be 6-0 down by now, not 4. We’ve may have had Taylor sent off, but the ref and the linesmen have still gone easy on us and so have Man City a bit.

  41. “SJT, we weren’t just bummed, that was like a heavy session on a Devil’s Cradle with lots of lubrication”

    Too much information I think WT ?

  42. AndyMac says:
    August 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    “All in all we wuz robbed”

    They wuz robbed of a goal or two, Andy.

    Oop he’s on…

    We thretened the goal?

    WE THREATENED THE GOAL?!

  43. @ 136: “Devil’s Cradle”

    Correct me if I’m wrong, that’s your second reference to that thing in the last few months. Then again, supporting NUFC will make one think of torture from time to time…

  44. @ 143: in fairness, it looks like he didn’t specify WHICH goal we threatened. I’ve heard we may have had a couple more penalties against.

  45. tunyc says:
    August 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    “@ 136: “Devil’s Cradle”

    “Correct me if I’m wrong, that’s your second reference to that thing in the last few months.”

    Yes it is, tunyc. I would pay good money to see Alan Pardew on one. It wouldn’t be much different to what he’s put myself and others through for too long now. What’s worst though is that I could see all this coming when Hughton was sacked. Another three years of my ever dimishing life wasted.

  46. Embarassing !
    A poor performance.
    With no one in particular playing well.
    I felt sorry for Cisse, who again following a season where he lacked any significant support, was again left issolated up front.
    Well actually I have to say, Ben Arfa had some decent runs at the Citeh defence, however we never looked as if we had any tactical plan and never looked as if we had a goal in us.
    Taylor is an idiot, does he really think with all kinds of camera angles he was going to get away with whacking a guy with an arm to the back of the head, don’t tell me he thought he could get away with that crap.
    The only positive from the game was being entertained by HBA and the fact our young sub Dummett didn’t embarrass himself.
    On the other hand if this doesn’t stimulate Ashley as our recent struggle to avoid relegation apparently did, then I don’t know what will, it would be a shame to miss out in a share of that five billion in the next three years.
    My final point is, the entire blame for to-night can be placed on the shoulders of Pardew who has obviously no clue and the fact Jonas has an injury, could be a blessing in disguise.
    Still playing long ball Al, how about having some practices where we can end up still in possession following more than three passes and have something of a plan or strategy asto what weare going to do when attacking.

  47. Chuckles says @148:

    “On the other hand if this doesn’t stimulate Ashley”

    don’t put that thought into my head. Watching the game was bad enough. I watched it with like 50 City fans and one NUFC fan.

  48. Newcastle were disgraceful!!!!! I refuse to spend another cent on the club when their stars refuse to chase the ball! The best players on the pitch last night were Tim Krul and Paul Dummett and if I were Alan Pardew I would bench the entire first team except Tim Krul for the next game against West Ham and I would play the reserves and make Paul Dummett captain for the game. Then I would explain my reason in the match programme. He would have my backing because the reserve squad would have more heart and loyalty than the current first team. And if the reserves beat West Ham…even better, because on last night’s performance, the senior squad don’t stand a chance against West Ham!!!!! Well Paul Dummett and Tim Krul! The rest of you should’ve stayed on holiday!

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