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Newcastle Utd v Manchester City - 8pm Wed 27th Dec - Premier League Match Preview and MDT
23 December 2017 12:47 Post ID: #614352
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Preview (completed early due to festive commitments)

City travel to the North West for the second fixture of the packed festive period to face Rafa Benítez’s Newcastle United.

The overall record between the two clubs is fairly similar with Newcastle just ahead in terms of victories.

Overall record City W65 D39 L71

However in recent seasons City have been clawing back that difference as the last six results in all competitions shows: - City W4 D1 L1 GF16 GA4

Prior to this weekend Newcastle’s form has been dire. Without a win in the league for over two months they had lost 8 out of the last 9 Premier League matches with only a single point coming away at WBA. This run has seen them drop steadily down the table and into the relegation zone before their weekend game against West Ham at the London Stadium. Given West Ham’s recent improvement under the Moyesiah the Toon Army would surely be making the long trek to the nation’s capital more in hope than expectation of securing a vital three points.

Pep will be well aware that he also faces a trip to an improved team - Crystal Palace - on New Year’s Eve (outstanding planning guys at the Premier League fixture compliers, great work ) and so I am expecting some rotation from City’s coach. Pep has hinted at the possibility that John Stones may be close to a return and we may also have Vincent Kompany back after his most recent muscle injury.

On that score a word about the much maligned Elaquim Mangala. Thrust into action following the injuries to Stones and then Kompany he has not disappointed. He may not be as polished as his defensive colleagues but I have sensed both an improvement in his play and his self-belief. He played some passes out of tight situations against Spurs that would have delighted his coach and which give some hope that City may not need to pay over the odds in January for another centre-back. We have witnessed the improvement in John Stones’s game this season after coaching from Guardiola and perhaps there is no reason to suggest that Mangala cannot benefit from the same attention. Either way I have been hugely impressed by the way the young man has set about his task and performed for the team.

With each game as important as the last and just as significant as the next, there will be no let up from Pep Guardiola. He will expect the same commitment and self-belief from his players in each and every game but he has cautioned against the media hype and expectation that City’s winning streak will continue uninterrupted throughout the season. He knows how crowded the Christmas/New schedule is and that it presents a unique challenge to the players to maintain their focus amid the distractions of travel and family commitments. But we also know that he has built up a level of team spirit and developed a work ethic that is second to none in the league as he knows that this can often be the ‘glue’ that sustains the challenge for top honours.

It has been a remarkable year for Manchester City Football Club and this match offers an opportunity to push on and move closer to the start of 2018 maintaining the pressure on the chasing pack.

Come on City!!!


Opponent to watch

Matt Richie - leading the Newcastle stats with 5 assists (to 23 Dec) City will need to ensure that they cut off his supply to the Toon forwards.

Famous Newcastle fans:-

Sting - musician
Ant & Dec - TV presenters
Gabby Logan - TV presenter
Cheryl Cole - Pop star & media darling
Brian Blessed - That actor with the BIG BOOMING voice
John McCririck - Racing pundit and generally larger than life character

Newcastle legends:-

Alan Shearer - no introduction necessary, Newcastle all time leading scorer. Somewhat hit and miss pundit on BBC MotD.
Jackie Milburn - ‘Our Jackie’, played for Newcastle between 1943-57 scoring 201 goals (second only to Shearer) in 353 appearances and has a stand named after him which pretty much tells you all you need to know about how well regarded he is.
Les Ferdinand
David Ginola
Peter Beardsley
Malcolm MacDonald

City connections:-

George Heslop - began his career with Newcastle United but never really established himself at St James’ Park in his two years with the club. He had three more bit-part years with Everton before joining City in 1965 where he became an integral part of the Blues’ all-conquering late sixties team.

Stuart Pearce - While it’s fair to say neither City nor Newcastle had Stuart Pearce at his peak, both clubs enjoyed his time with them as a player. Pearce clocked up 51 appearances in two seasons in the north-east after 12 years sterling service with Nottingham Forest. City were his last club and he skippered the Blues to promotion in 2001/02 before later becoming manager

Joey Barton - Often his own worst enemy for a time, yet Barton clocked up 153 appearances after graduating through the City Academy system. He eventually severed his ties with a move to the Magpies where his four years were no less colourful. Known for his odd outbursts he can clearly be an utter knob but we will always be grateful for him getting himself sent off on 13th May 2012 during THAT game.

Antoine Sibierski - Signed from Lens in 2003 as a long-term replacement for Eyal Berkovic, Sibierski would remain with City for a further three seasons before joining the Magpies for one year. A useful target man with good technical ability, Antoine was good value for both clubs and was a popular figure on Tyneside despite early reservations from supporters

Craig Bellamy - A hugely popular figure during his time with City, Bellamy showed he had matured as a player and proved a terrific signing for Mark Hughes. Who could forget his two goals in the 2009/10 Manchester derby?

The league title win - 11th May 1968 - City were tied at the top of the table with arch rivals Man U*d when they travelled to St James Park to face Newcastle Utd. A hugely entertaining game ended 3-4 and delivered the title to Joe Mercer’s famous team pipping U*d by a single point. LOL

1976 League Cup Final - City won the cup with a 2-1 victory courtesy of Dennis Tuert’s famous overhead kick goal.

Match Officials

Referee - Andre Marriner
Assistants - Scott Ledger; Richard West
Fourth Official - Neil Swarbrick

Team News*

City will be without long term absentee Mendy and Phil Foden after his ankle ligament injury sustained in the EFL Cup win over Leicester. John Stones and Vincent Kompany may be available.

Newcastle’s only absentee will be J Gamez so no excuses for Rafa about not having a strong squad to pick from.

Potential starting XI, subs & formation

Ederson

Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph

De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan

Silva B, Jesus, Sané

Subs:-

Bravo, Mangala, Danilo, Silva D, Sterling, Diaz, Aguero

*subject to the games played 23rd Dec
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23 December 2017 13:36 Post ID: #614360 - in reply to #614352
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Good review - my only bone of contention is referencing S***g, if you have to use a musician could it not be Lindisfarne, Mark Knopfler or the singer from the band called Geordie, I believe he went on to greater things. S***g was an Englishman, not in New York but out of his depth in jazz.

Agree about Mangala, he's done alright, not pulled up any trees but has gone some way to justifying his £40m+ transfer fee.

Cannot abide Newcastle, hope they get relegated.



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23 December 2017 14:03 Post ID: #614366 - in reply to #614352
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Sorry about that - no comment on the quality of their fans you understand.

Annoyed about forgetting Lindisfarne though - loved their music and tune such as 'Fog on the Tyne', 'Run for Home' and 'Meet me on the corner'

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23 December 2017 17:14 Post ID: #614504 - in reply to #614366
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Skoorb - 23/12/2017 14:03

Sorry about that - no comment on the quality of their fans you understand.

Annoyed about forgetting Lindisfarne though - loved their music and tune such as 'Fog on the Tyne', 'Run for Home' and 'Meet me on the corner'



Lady Eleanor! - gentle on the versus and then mildly mental on the chorus'!!!

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24 December 2017 05:14 Post ID: #614554 - in reply to #614352
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The Bar-codes have always been a favourite team of mine going back a long way and I love that part of the north east coast line. Yet I don't like them enough to give them anything. The Tykes will be up for it and I expect a high scoring game in our favour. Merry Christmas to one and all.
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24 December 2017 09:53 Post ID: #614576 - in reply to #614352
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Great write up Skoorb, very informative and I’d like to thank you for all the others you have taken the time to give us.
Like Kenny I prefer Mark Knopfler but there you go lol
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25 December 2017 08:59 Post ID: #614588 - in reply to #614352
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Furthe thoughts on possible team selections.........

After Kompany’s return against Bournemouth he might not be risked in midweek so perhaps Mangala May come back in and perhaps Danilo may get a run out at LB.

Could be an exciting game. Being shown on Sky so will be hoping there will be enough pressure fromthe collective Blues in the Skoorb household to permit seeing the game despite us hosting our big family get together that day due to various delayed arrivals and offspring working his first Christmas night shift tonight having graduated as a critical care nurse earlier this year

Thoughts at this time for all who have to work over the holidays especially those in emergency services, NHS and as careers
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25 December 2017 12:01 Post ID: #614589 - in reply to #614352
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Maybe use Danilo to rest Delph in this one and Walker in the New Year game? Definitely not risk VK4 and in any case Mangala hasn't let anyone down. Yet. Been impressed with Delph this season, a more than able deputy although not sure what he'd be like under serious pressure from one of Europes' better sides. Zinchenko looks ok too, but could maybe do with more minutes under his belt. Maybe rest one of Red Kev and Merlin and then the other for New Year (Palace?).

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26 December 2017 04:18 Post ID: #614593 - in reply to #614352
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Delph had a very good game against a Bournemouth side who put a fair bit of pressure on him.
He handled it well I thought.
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26 December 2017 07:35 Post ID: #614598 - in reply to #614352
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......and no surprise that Moaning Maureen is atit again, this time complaining about the fixture schedule handing a advantage to City.

http://www.espn.co.uk/football/manchester-united/story/3324244/jose...

He never, ever changes does he? When things aren’t going his way out comes the ‘Mourinho Wheel of Blame’ and away we go. What is grating for him is being SO far behind his arch rival whilst witnessing the credit being given to Guardiola and the praise for the football PG’s side are producing. Must be like a knife in the guts.

Shame.



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26 December 2017 08:22 Post ID: #614600 - in reply to #614352
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Newcastle ended their run of nine games without a win last weekend when they defeated an improved West Ham 2-3 at the London Stadium. That will put an extra spring in their step when they step out against City on Wednesday evening.

Some more facts about the teams:-

City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 12 matches (Premier League).

Newcastle have lost their last 4 home matches (Premier League).

City have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches (Premier League).
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26 December 2017 08:44 Post ID: #614601 - in reply to #614352
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And just in case we get too cocky this is the fifth time in top-flight history that Manchester City have been top on Christmas Day (1903-04, 1912-13, 1929-30 & 2011-12) but the previous four occasions have seen us to go on to win the title just once (2011-12).
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26 December 2017 09:21 Post ID: #614604 - in reply to #614352
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A timely reality check.

Got to stay grounded and not get ahead of ourselves. The hype in the media can sow insidious seeds of complacency and over-confidence & I am sure Pep is well aware of this and is keeping the squad focused.

City fans - especially those for whom ‘typical City’ remains wired into our DNA - are well aware that we are one poor offside decision, a penalty, a sending off or the ball rebounding into the net off someone’s backside - from things going wrong!

What route will Benitez take tomorrow? Go for it or defend in numbers and look for a counter/set piece?
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26 December 2017 09:45 Post ID: #614606 - in reply to #614604
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I believe pep wont let them get complacent, he will remind them that it is our Title to lose and he wont let the focus drop, he replaces Sergio early in the Spurs game because he looked jaded, plays him next game and look at the difference.


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26 December 2017 11:09 Post ID: #614607 - in reply to #614352
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Yes indeed.

There are a lot of factors to juggle, a lot of plates to keep spinning. Sometimes players can be their own worst enemies whether that is because they play on through injury (making it worse) or are simply too close to the 'coal face' and cannot appreciate that whilst they may be giving 100% effort in a game they may not appreciate that they are actually not functioning at their top level (& so that 100% effort on that day is below their optimum). That is what the coach is for - to look at things dispassionately and make the big decisions whether it bruises egos or not.

Coupled with the frequency of fixtures for the next few months, managing your resources is critical and is a delicate balance.
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26 December 2017 18:09 Post ID: #614630 - in reply to #614352
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The fact that we have a twelve point lead - coupled with a vastly superior goal difference means that we can afford to be complacent four or five times and still be crowned champions.

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26 December 2017 18:14 Post ID: #614631 - in reply to #614630
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kennyclementstache - 26/12/2017 18:09

The fact that we have a twelve point lead - coupled with a vastly superior goal difference means that we can afford to be complacent four or five times and still be crowned champions.



I disagree Kenny complacency is evil and it spreads, we no longer take our foot off the gas when leading but go for the throat, we have to instil fear in these teams and hope that we go into games already 1-0 up because of the fear factor.
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