Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday August 18 2013
The Etihad Stadium
Bursting with optimism and expectancy after a positive summer, Planet Blue braces itself for the start of a title charge led by Manuel Pellegrini...
'I would like to say a big thank you to all City fans for the warm and generous welcome that I have received from you since I arrived here in Manchester. It has been very special and my staff and I are very
'We now start a new cycle after Roberto Mancini's work from the previous seasons. He created history here, brought the club its first silverware in a long time and the first title in 44 years. He will never be forgotten and shouldn't be.
'...I am sure that we will improve as the season progresses but we do not have that time. We have to hit the ground running and that starts against Newcastle.'
'We just can't compete with Manchester City or Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, the teams in the Champions League position with that extra revenue. City are backed by the revenue of a state...It is very difficult. I don't begrudge them it.
'City are the one team whom we've failed to beat in my time here. I have never met Manuel Pellegrini before. So I will look forward to speaking to him, He does look calm. But I have come up against a lot of calm managers and when they get to the touchline they turn into something else. We shall see.'
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Identified by VMC's erudite writer Pedmachine as a key man this season, this fella is some football player and represents one half of a formidable central midfield axis alongside Newcastle nemesis Yaya Touré.
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Krul is a tremendous goalkeeper and has done his damnedest to repel City in recent clashes. His performance agasint the likes of Aguero, Jovetic, Silva, Navas, Negredo and Dzeko will be absolutely crucial to The Geordies as they could come at him from all angles.
THE NUMBERS GAME:
The Geordies won 2 away games last season..City registered the second strongest home record with 14 wins at The Etihad.
Newcastle have lost 9 of their last 10 games against The Blues in the league and haven't won this fixture since September 2005. That's City unbeaten in 13 against The Magpies home and away, winning the last 7.
HEAD TO HEAD:
League: 55 City Wins, 35 Draws, 64 Newcastle Wins
League Cup: 2 City Wins, 1 Draw
FA Cup: 2 City Wins, 2 Draws 1 Newcastle Win
Total: 59 City Wins, 38 Draws, 70 Newcastle Wins
THIS COULD BE THE LAST TIME:
Sa 30Mar 2013 Man City 4 - 0 Newcastle PL
Sa 15Dec 2012 Newcastle 1 - 3 Man City PL
Su 06May 2012 Newcastle 0 - 2 Man City PL
Sa 19Nov 2011 Man City 3 - 1 Newcastle PL
Su 26Dec 2010 Newcastle 1 - 3 Man City PL
Su 03Oct 2010 Man City 2 - 1 Newcastle PL
mcfc official: City v Newcastle: Pellegrini's Press Conference in Full
BETTING: City 1/3 Draw 9/2 Newcastle 9 Racing Post Soccerbase
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Andre Marriner , West Midlands -Last Season:: Su 26Aug 2012 Liverpool 2 - 2 Man City PL, Sa 15Dec 2012 Newcastle 1 - 3 Man City PL, Su 24Feb 2013 Man City 2 - 0 Chelsea PL, Sa 11May 2013 Man City 0 - 1 Wigan FACF-2012/2013: 38 Games, 122 Yellows, 8 Reds -2013/2014: …to be continued...
Johnny On The Spot: Strap yourselves in for the Pellegriniera. The Engineer has won plaudits and admiration across English football for the way he has taken control at City and unified his swiftly strengthened squad with an intensive summer training programme through calm waters whilst negative headlines have registered elsewhere. But as Arsenal discovered in humiliation at the hands of Aston Villa this past weekend, friendlies count for nothing and this is where the real stuff starts. Led by numerous old stagers Chelsea and The Stretfords have laid down their markers with easy opening day wins and imperatively, The Blues exciting team must now respond in kind. And that's precisely what I expect them to do. I cannot see Newcastle and all their knife edged behind the scenes unrest getting anything out of this. Concede early and they could be in for a difficult night. City 4 Newcastle 0
all times East Manchester
Su 25 Aug 16h00 Cardiff City, Cardiff City Stadium PL
Th 29 Aug 12h00 Champions League Group Stage Draw, Monaco
Sa 31 Aug 12h45 Hull City, The Etihad PL
Mo 2 Sep 23h00 Summer Transfer Window Closes
Sa 14 Sep 15h00 Stoke City, Britannia Stadium PL
Su 22 Sep 16h00 The rags, The Etihad PL
Sa 28 Sep 15h00 Aston Villa, Villa Park PL
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Date:Sunday August 18 2013
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The Citizens versus The Swans (Saturday November 30 2013)
The Ped Report City 4-2 Viktoria Plzen (Thursday November 28 2013)
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