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EPL Match Of The Week: Newcastle United vs Manchester City

The 2013-14 English Premier League season is underway! During the season Sports Unbiased will select our EPL Match of the Week, where we will preview, debate, and predict some of the biggest matches in the Premiership.  Taking part in this series of predictions are Mike Santangelo and Kimani Gregoire.

NEWCASTLE UNITED vs MANCHESTER CITY

PREVIEW: It’s Week 21 of the Barclays Premier League and we at Sports Unbiased cannot see a marquee matchup anywhere. We’ve decided to go with Newcastle United hosting Manchester City as our match of the week. Both clubs have a lot to play for at this point of the season. Manchester City have a chance to take over the league lead with a victory and a draw/loss by Arsenal. Newcastle are just outside the top seven – and a chance at qualifying for the Europa League next season - in the league, one point behind Manchester United.

MANAGERS: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is the longest-tenured manager in the Premier League, believe it or not. He has won Premier League Manager of the Season in 2012. In November he was awarded Premier League Manager of the Month as Newcastle went a perfect four wins in four matches, including their historic victory at Old Trafford. Yet I’m giving the advantage to the offensive genius of Manuel Pellegrini who has made Manchester City into the most explosive goal-scoring club in England. Pellegrini has long been one of the more underrated managers in the game.
Advantage: Manchester City

Negredo (left) and Aguero have spearheaded City’s league-leading attack (EPA)

FORWARDS: No comparison there. Newcastle do have some talent here. French international Loic Remy leads the club with ten league goals, and countryman Yoan Gouffran has six league goals. But how do you compare them with the collection that Pellegrini has at his disposal? Sergio Aguero has been the second best striker in the league thus far, and Alvaro Negredo has been on fire lately.
Advantage: Manchester City

MIDFIELDERS: Perhaps the biggest advantage for Manchester City in this match. This is no knock on Newcastle. We love Hatem Ben Arfa on the wings, and Yohan Cabaye has knocked in five league goals (though he’s listed as doubtful for this match). But just look at the talent on the opposition: David Silva, Samir Nasir, James Milner, Fernandinho, and Yaya Toure (the best midfielder in the league in our opinion). Not only is the gap in talent wide, but so is the depth.
Advantage: Manchester City

DEFENDERS: Newcastle has allowed only two more goals in the league thus far than Manchester City, and there are two of the better clubs in the league in terms of goals allowed. As we’ve said in previous match ups involving City, we believe their numbers are more impressive considering their attacking philosophy. City can afford to throw many players forward because they trust Vincent Kompany and the boys to cover the back. A small edge to City.
Advantage: Manchester City

Goalkeeper Tim Krul is healthy, happy and performing well for Newcastle

GOALKEEPERS: Give credit to Manchester City Joe Hart from bouncing back from his slump, as the England number one has been solid since Pellegrini re-inserted him as the starting keeper. However Newcastle’s keeper Tim Krul has been solid all season long. The Dutch international has been healthy for the first time in a long time and it has been reflected in his performance (which includes a Player of the Month in November).
Advantage: Newcastle United

X-FACTORS: Edin Dzeko is our X-factor for Manchester City. The Bosnian international has been overshadowed somewhat by Aguero and the red-hot Negredo this season (hence rumors of him being sold this month), but with the status of Aguero uncertain this could be a perfect spot for him to show the club his value. For Newcastle United, having this match at home is their X-factor as Manchester City are not as explosive away from Etihad Stadium (38 of their 37 goals have been scored at home).
Advantage: None

PREDICTION: It points to a comfortable win for Manchester City, but not quite. Newcastle United has played well at home (only two defeats in ten league games) and recently gave Arsenal all that the Gunners could handle before losing 1-0. I think that this match will have a similar feel to the Gunners match. It will be a tight affair before City strikes late.

Prediction: Newcastle United 1 (Gouffran) – Manchester City 2 (Negredo, Nasri)

 

Who will win our EPL Match of the Week?

  • Manchester City (100%, 3 Votes)
  • Newcastle United (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Draw (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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Kimani Gregoire

About the Author: Kimani Gregoire

Kimani Gregoire is a contributor for Sports Unbiased where he combines his passion for sports with his love of writing. Currently living in Maryland after spending 12 years in Boston where he experience the highest of highs (2004 Red Sox) and the lowest of lows (18-1 Patriots). He particular loves basketball, football, baseball, hockey, golf, tennis, soccer, athletics, rugby, boxing, MMA and cricket (thanks to his West Indian roots!).