Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(43) 27 Goals 40 (65)
(24) 10 Assists 34 (44)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 7 (6.8)
27.9 Average Age 28
182 Average Height (cm) 179.6
(1.1) 1.3 Shots pg 1.3 (1.3)
(49%) 47% Aerial Duel Success 47% (51%)
(0.9) 0.8 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.8)
(1.5) 1.3 Tackles pg 1.3 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Yohan Cabaye Out 7.15
Haris Vuckic Out N/A
Steven Taylor Out 6.65
Ryan Taylor Out 6.51
Dan Gosling Out 6.06
Gabriel Obertan Doubtful 6.3
Player Reason Status Rating
Aleksandar Kolarov Out 6.77
Micah Richards Out 7.24
Gareth Barry Out 6.95
Vincent Kompany Doubtful 7.06
James Milner Doubtful 6.99
Jack Rodwell Doubtful 6.51

Team News

  • Newcastle's injury list is slowly shortening, with Ba, Santon, Tiote and Ben Arfa all having come through the Fulham game last week unscathed.
  • However, they still remain without 5 players, while Gabriel Obertan is a doubt and probably won't make it, though even if he is fit he would be unlikely to displace any of the forward 3.
  • Alan Pardew will probably field a similar lineup to the one he did at Fulham, though may even drop Cisse and add in another central midfielder against a strong team like City.
  • Captain Vincent Kompany was forced off early on against Manchester United last week with a hamstring injury, and he is a severe doubt to make it back for the trip to Newcastle, with Kolo Toure favoured over Lescott as his replacement at present.
  • Carlos Tevez changed the game after coming off the bench against United, and he should start this time round as a result.
  • James Milner could be back in contention for City, while Jack Rodwell's hamstring injury seems like it will continue to keep him out.
  • Gareth Barry was handed a suspension by The FA for using abusive language towards an official in the Manchester derby last week, so Javi Garcia may start alongside Yaya Toure.

Prediction

  • Both sides will be looking to bounce back from disappointing defeats last weekend, with Newcastle failing to build on their win over Wigan a fortnight ago - their only win in their last 10 matches - while City lost to rivals United at the very last after it looked like they were going to get back into it.
  • City need a win with United like to pick up three points later on Saturday (at home to Sunderland), but Newcastle will be desperate to end their terrible recent run of form that has seen them slip to 14th in the table, only 2 points above the relegation zone.
  • Man City have won their last 5 games against Newcastle, and have won 4 of their last 5 at St. James' Park, and even though they are slightly off form - 1 win their last 6 in all competitions - they should head back to Manchester with all three points.
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