Roberto Mancini’s side travel to St. James’ Park to take on a Newcastle United team who sit just 2 points outside of the relegation zone. Last weekend, Manchester City had their ridiculous 37 game unbeaten home run broken by arch rivals Manchester United in devastating fashion.
City will be eager to turn their fortunes around after losing two games in a row (to Borrusia Dortmund and Manchester United). However, Newcastle have been in poor form recently and have only won one of their last 10 games.
Even the best squads in football can come under pressure from injuries and Manchester City have had injury problems all season. Jack Rodwell, James Milner, Micah Richards and Aleksandar Kolarov are all still out of action. City skipper Vincent Kompany could also possibly be left out after being substituted due to injury in the Manchester Derby.
The Magpies are missing a major player in Yohan Cabaye. Meanwhile, Hatem Ben Arfa will undergo last minute fitness tests to decide whether or not he will be available for this weekend’s game.
Newcastle’s main problem this season seems to be getting Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse to be in top form at the same time. Honestly, Cisse doesn’t look like the same player we saw score that wonder-goal against Chelsea at the end of last season. On the other hand, Ba has scored an impressive 10 goals in the league. If Alan Pardew can get both two Senegalese forwards to play to the best of their ability against City then Newcastle certainly have a chance.
Both managers are in desperate need of a win and will be doing everything in their power to galvanize their teams. Mancini has the better set of players to choose from and I think this will just carry City through.
My prediction: Manchester City 2 Newcastle United 1