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Premier League

  • 6 May 2012
  • • 13:30
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 52389

Newcastle United - Manchester City Preview: Table-topping Citizens face tough test at Champions League-chasing Toon

Both teams head into Sunday’s clash on the back of morale-boosting wins this week - Roberto Mancini’s men beat Manchester United 1-0 while Alan Pardew’s side won 2-0 at Chelsea



Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon
Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez

Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba


Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy

Barry, Y Toure
Silva, Aguero, Milner


Danny Simpson (ankle) remains a doubt for Newcastle after missing his first match all season on Wednesday. Steven Taylor (Achilles), Peter Lovenkrands (thigh) and Haris Vuckic (knee) are unlikely to return this season while Danny Guthrie (calf) could be back in action on Sunday. Cheikh Tiote (concussion) took a heavy blow to the head in midweek but Alan Pardew has said that he will be fit for the Magpies' last home match of the campaign. Sammy Ameobi (ankle) has been training again and could make an appearance from the bench.

Manchester City’s squad almost have a clean bill of health. Goalkeeper Joe Hart (foot) is Roberto Mancini’s only possible doubt, after picking up the problem late in Monday’s game against Manchester United, but will more than likely be fit to travel to Tyneside.

  • Newcastle United have won seven of their last eight league matches - their only loss coming last weekend at Wigan Athletic - and are the most in-form team over the last eight games.
  • Manchester City realistically only need to win their last two matches to be crowned Premier League champions because of their superior goal difference over level-on-points Manchester United. They will face QPR at home after this game.
  • Newcastle have dropped just four points in nine home matches in 2012, winning nine of those ties. City, on the other hand, have won only four of their last 12 away clashes in the Premier League.
  • In this match last season, a Nigel de Jong challenge broke Hatem Ben Arfa’s leg in a 3-1 win for City.
  • The top goalscorer for Mancini's men in the 2011-12 campaign is 29-goal Sergio Aguero, but the Argentine striker has been substituted 20 times in top-flight fixtures this campaign - equal-most with Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington.
  • Only Manchester United have a worse record than Newcastle recovering from losing positions in the league this season, as Pardew and co have picked up just four points from behind.
  • City are unbeaten against the Tyneside club since September 24 2005, when a goal from Michael Owen was all that separated the sides in a 1-0 win. Sunday's visitors have won four out of their last four meetings, too.
  • Newcastle are the only team in the top flight to have scored more goals in the first half (28) than the second (27). Pessimistically for the Magpies, Roberto Mancini’s men have conceded just six goals in first-half league games this season.

Players to watch

D. Santon

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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A slow-burner this season but ever-improving, Davide Santon has become Newcastle United’s regular left-back after moving to the North-East from Inter last summer. His assist for Papiss Cisse’s first goal in midweek was eye-catching and his header off the line late in the second half was game-changing.

S. Agüero

Position: Attacker

Games: 12

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Although he was fairly subdued in Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Manchester United on Monday, Sergio Aguero has been a menace for the Blues up front all season. On Tyneside this weekend, it could be his pace which makes the difference in front of 50,000 roaring Geordies, as the centre-back duo of Fabricio Coloccini are not particularly mobile.

Alongside Carlos Tevez and David Silva, Newcastle United could have a real problem managing Roberto Mancini’s attacking force.

Editor's Prediction

Another title race decider, another United versus City clash, but this time it is Newcastle United looking to derail Manchester City’s charge for the Premier League trophy. Their blip at Wigan aside, the Magpies are arguably the form side heading into this penultimate game of the season. City have been firing on all cylinders in their last four fixtures, but when the pressure has been upped mistakes have crept into their play. Both teams have had solid defences lately and this match is likely to prove even tenser than Monday’s Manchester derby.

Last Five Matches

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