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    Manchester City vs Newcastle United Preview



    By Ryan Carter. Twitter: @TheRyanJCarter.

    Newcastle United will look to recreate the inspiring performance they showed against Chelsea last weekend to put an end to a decade of embarrassment against Manchester City.

    The blue side of Manchester has not been friendly to the Toon Army in the Premier League over the last ten years.

    Newcastle have not beaten City in the league since September 2005, and since that win the two-time Premier League champions have won 16 of their 19 games against the Magpies.

    Defeats to the Manchester club have been brutal for the Tyneside team, who have conceded 45 goals to their title-chasing opponents over the last ten years in all competitions.

    But Newcastle were able to snatch their only win at the Etihad Stadium last season in the Capital One Cup.

    Goals from Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko saw the team from the North East take an unlikely win, but City quickly took their revenge four months later in a 5-0 demolition.

    Newcastle will have their best chance to overcome Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the league though, as their injury stricken opponents will be without a number of big names, including Yaya Toure and captain Vincent Kompany.


    Combine City’s loss of so many key players with a potential resurgence from the Magpies and there could be a shock on the cards.

    Cheick Tiote and Siem de Jong could both feature following their injuries but the game will come too soon for a host of Newcastle’s players.

    Emmanuel Riviere, Steven Taylor, Karl Darlow, Gabriel Obertan, Jack Colback, Papiss Cisse, Paul Dummett and Rolando Aarons are all out for the trip to Manchester.

    Sylvain Marveaux could make an unlikely return, after a number of long-term injuries and loan moves have kept the forgotten Frenchman out of the Magpies’ starting XI for a long time now.

    Massadio Haidara will also miss the contest, meaning there will be a return for Newcastle’s newest young talent to hit the Premier League scene in Kevin Mbabu.

    The Swiss youngster silenced Pedro last Saturday and will most likely start again at the Etihad and will be tasked with limiting chances for the likes of David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

    City will be without a number of big names for this fixture, including Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy.

    Samir Nasri is also struggling for fitness but Wilfred Bony and Eliaquim Mangala are both set to return against the Magpies.

    Apart from a surprise cup win last season, Newcastle have been battered by City year after year and with the Manchester team chasing top spot, things are unlikely to change anytime soon.

    Newcastle will not concede four or five as they have done to their sky blue opponents in the past, as Steve McClaren has shown he can keep the scores low, even when things are going terribly wrong for his team.

    But despite a strong showing against Chelsea, City will prove to be a much more difficult task for the team currently sitting in the relegation places, and the home side will surely dominate the game yet again.

    Prediction: 3-0 Manchester City win.

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