Newcastle v Man City- Match Preview

Hatem Ben Arfa Newcastle UnitedThe two managers involved in this clash both share mutual ground in that they are desperate to get their ailing sides back on track.

The Magpies languish in 14th placing after only managing to pick up 17 points from 16 games and have failed win in 5 of their last 6 Premier league outings.

Alan Pardew did not mix his words when his side slumped to their latest defeat against Fulham on Monday night saying “It’s no good having great performances at Stoke and here (at Craven Cottage), but not getting anything out of it”.

The Lunchtime kick off at St. James’ Park could provide some relief for the home side with them managing to secure four league victories for Newcastle.

Man City also have reason to feel that it is not all doom and gloom as they travel to Tyneside. They remain unbeaten on their travels having won three and drawn four.

Mancini’s men will be looking to recover for a last gasp 3-2 derby day loss to Manchester United last weekend and now trail their bitter rivals by six points.

Pardew will hoping that Ben Arfa returns to full fitness ahead of this clash, whilst they still have permanent absentees in the shape of Obertan, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye.

City are waiting on the verdict of the FA on Gareth Barry following an allegation of abusing a match official during the derby day defeat.

Roberto Mancini will be hoping that Vincent Kompany has recovered too after limping off after 21 minutes in the same game.

Most expect Carlos Tevez to start from the off after being left on the bench, as Mario Balotelli was preferred last time out.

If Newcastle can hang on till half time they would be buoyed by the stat that 33% of their goals have come in the 15 minutes just after the break, a higher percentage than any other team in the league.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-3 Man City