This weekend is on schedule the 17th round of the English Premier league, and in the first match this Saturday afternoon will play Newcastle United and Manchester City.
Hosts are currently only at the 14th place, while the “Citizens” despite defeat in derby against Man Utd are still on the second position and at this point have as many as 16 points more than Newcastle .
As for their mutual matches, it is really devastating for Newcastle,as they suffered even eight defeats in the last nine matches against Man City,and it is interesting that in almost all of these games the Magpies conceded at least two goals.
Of course a bad results against Citizens is not exactly encouraging for Magpies before this match, especially after a last round match,when Man City suffered a first defeat ,so surely they will want to win this,and keep the pressure on the first placed Man Utd.
On the other hand, players of Newcastle were also defeated in the last round,on an away game against Fulham, with 2:1.
Of course one of the main reasons for such a weak parties of Magpies lies in the large number of injuries, particularly in ,Vuckic, Ryan and Steven Taylor.
On the other hand, a situation in attack is a lot better after recover of Ben Arfa, so it is expected that this time, Magpies,should play in much more offensive formation.
Newcastle probable lineup : Krul – Simpson, Williamson, Collocini, Santon – Anita, Tiote, Gutierrez – Ben Arfa – Papis Cisse, Demba Ba
As we mention before,Man City has suffered a first defeat in Premier league,last round at their Etihad,from Man Utd 3-2.The gap is now big 6 points,and anything except victory,for Mancini team,will not be acceptable.After bad performances and elimination from Champions league,and even Europa league,Man City can fully focus on the Premier league.
Mancini hopes that a defeat from United,will only motivate more his players,and for this match he has announced a offensive approach and of course only one target,a win.
Of course reason for this and a large number of injuries in their defence,and players like Kompany, Kolarov, Richards, Rodwell,Milner and Barry who is suspended will miss this match.
Man City probable lineup : Hart – Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Nastasić, Clichy –Javi Garcia, Yaya Toure – Nasri, Aguero, Silva – Balotelli
Match Prediction : Considering their last matches,and an offensive approach of both teams,we should see here over 2,5 goals.Another good tip would be Man City to win,since anything except the victory here,would set Citizens only further behind the first place.