Manchester City vs Newcastle United match banter

Posted on November 19th, 2011 | 37 Comments |

Manchester City v Newcastle United 2011 match banter.
Toon's toughest test yet
Good afternoon and welcome to today’s match banter for Manchester City vs Newcastle United.

Megabucks meets tight shrewd as the two unbeaten sides in the Premier League go head to head after what seems like a 10-year break in fixtures due to the international agenda. Both teams could still be unbeaten at the end of this game of course, although I don’t personally see this one ending up in a draw.

For full details about the game have a look at Worky’s excellent match preview and what the managers said articles, but otherwise buckle up for what will hopefully be a rip-snorting fanfaronade of soccer succulence.

It’s a bit like King Kong v Godzilla as the meanest defence goes up against the most prolific attack, with skyscrapers crumbling and bridges demolished along the way. Will the public ever be safe again?

Thanks to men with no testicles and their infernal regulations we cannot of course watch our national sport on telly at 3PM on Saturdays, so the hunt for the usual flaky Internet feeds will be on. If you find any, please post them in the comments. However, use of such feeds is illegal and NUFCBlog expressly advises that you do not use them.

I can tell you that out of 26 predictions in our competition for this game, 3 brave souls predicted a Newcastle win, 10 predicted a draw and 13 predicted a Manchester City win.

Otherwise, enjoy the game. Teamsheets will be filled in when they’re available.


Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor’ Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Davide Santon, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi.

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart (G), Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany (c), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Nigel de Jong, Yaya Toure; James Milner, Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri; Mario Balotelli.

Subs: Costel Pantilimon (G), Aleksandar Kolarov, Kolo Toure, Gareth Barry, David Silva, Adam Johnson, Edin Dzeko.


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37 Responses

  1. Probably my only comment today as I want to see the game on MOTD.

    The Telegraph pundits are saying 2-1 to City which is I suppose a back handed compliment given the way they have been stuffing teams this season.

    I also am going to go against the odds and say it will be 2-1 but in our favour. Hopefully this will be my 3rd spot on prediction in succession.


  2. Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor’ Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba.

    Manchester City: Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy, Nigel De Jong, James Milner, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli

    Confirmed by Lee Ryder!

  3. Think we might b able to sneak a win at city today. If not it not end of world as most teams will b beat by thm. Wud like to c ben atfa start.
    2_1 to toon


  4. So a 4-4-1-1 then? That is a lot of faith in Sammy if he’s starting, thought Pards would opt for Gosling to help track back.

  5. yes, 4-4-1-1 confirmed ! HBA hehind Ba, Shami in midfield, sometimes forced changes are the best ones, this looks good & could be very good!


  6. Three games coming up that could make or break this season.

    Three points from the three games would be good, imho, but what do I know as my predictions in this blog competition prove.

    Which is what matters.

  7. I knew Benny would start. Hopefully that means De Jong and the team will be less hesitant to tackle him. ;)

  8. Phisix says:

    November 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    “Not looking good so far, we are being dominated”

    Aye, we are a bit Phisix. I’d be delighted with a draw at this point.

  9. When you get chances like Ba had, you gotta take them. We don’t deserve to be 2-0 down, yeah they have knocked the ball about well, but you’d expect that with a midfield costing over £100 mill compared to one of about £12 mill.

    And the handball is just a fcker really, but the 2nd goal was awful defending.

  10. IMO we did fine.. just mistakes all over the place. Was Steven Taylor still off the pitch and ben arfa covering for him?

  11. I don’t ever think i’ve been this ok with a loss like this. We’re coming off an amazing run. Sure we gave up 3, but raylor’s handball was a fluke and other than that it was 2 lapses. we had some fantastic chances that ended unlucky or by superb saves by hart. lets go to trafford next weekend and take a pound of flesh from them.

  12. plus, without the defense as good as it was, the games final score may have been the same as city-united

  13. I feel alot better having removed their clean sheet. It’s one of those losses that are hard to chew.. a couple mistakes and a few missed chances. If ben arfa’s went in I think this would have been alot different.

  14. Was probably a fair result but it’s a bit disappointing that the 2nd goal was given away so carelessly as that more or less killed off the game for us.

    We had 3 really good chances to score before Gosling scored too.

    Getting the goal back at the end took some of the pain away for me at least.

  15. Well coming into this game, Manchester City’s average per game in the Premiership was 3.9 – 1 so we did slightly better than that. It would have been worse if Steven Taylor wasn’t acting as a second goalkeeper again, constantly clearing stuff off the line.

  16. I think we had the better chances, and deserved our goal at the end.

    We were patched up, missing two key midfielders and striker.

    HBA played really well today, fair enough he goofed for the pen, but had Taylor been on the pitch he wouldn’t even have been back there covering. He looked sharp, almost created a goal and hit the post.

    It was all about performance today, and I don’t feel let down. If we play like that, with a few more key players available next week, there is no reason we can’t go to old trafford and get something.

  17. Tried 110% but at the end of the day theres a vast difference between the two side (money says it all).
    why was Santon not brought on, they knew where the weakness was and exploited it time after time.
    As for Balotellis show after scoring the pen, that was way over the top and should be dealt with by the FA.

  18. @30 what do mean by “Balotellis show”?

    All I saw was him fold his arms and casually walk off in a sort of smug superior way. Unless I missed something he didn’t do anything that he could be punished for.

  19. Well we got beat by a better side, but not embarrassed.
    Hell we might have stolen it with a bit of luck, four decent chances missed, ah well !
    Surprised Pardew played my team pick (finally listening to reason eh!)It’s a joke!
    Though he did’nt start Jonas in the Tiote role, but may as well have as that’s where he was for most of the match.
    No awards or knocks, for a side that for the most part did their utmost and ran their legs off.
    They were still running at the final whistle, i like that.
    Gotta say Citeh are finally showing where the money was spent, some team!
    With the ability to field two PL quality sides, talk about quality in depth.
    Looks like they will have no trouble winning the league and i’m sure nobody wants to meet them in the Champions League.
    Which brings the problem of quality in depth to mind, we really need a stronger squad, hopefully dump some deadwood to help finance it.
    In times like now with players out, it becomes more obvious, we are lucky we have no injuries in the back four (other than Saylor and Colo’s noses, which took a battering to-day)
    Well we are over the toughest hurdle of this schedule, lets hope we can pick up some points from the next two games.

  20. Well the other Manchester team game vs Swansea’s on, gotta give Paedew a scouting report, later!

  21. Paulos says:
    November 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    “@30 what do mean by “Balotellis show”?

    All I saw was him fold his arms and casually walk off in a sort of smug superior way. Unless I missed something he didn’t do anything that he could be punished for.”

    He should have been punished for being a smug, arrogant twat Paulos, unless Krul said something awful to him before he took that penalty.