Manchester City vs Newcastle United Preview: Rafael Benitez is hopeful his Newcastle United side can take advantage of City’s Champions League distractions as Newcastle can go level on points with 17th placed Norwich with a win against Man City on Tuesday night. A defeat for Man City will open up Manchester United’s chances of clinching fourth place in the league as the things hots up for european places with only 5 games left to play.
Last time these two meet was back October when City ran out comfortable 6-1 winners with Sergio Aguero scoring 5 goals while Kevin De Bruyne was also on target for Manuel Pelligrini side. Alot has changed since than with Newcastle appointing Rafael Benitez as new manager and they picked up important win against Swansea City last weekend.
Newcastle United on the other hand are winless and second from bottom with no wins, 3 draws and 4 defeats in the opening 7 games and Steve McLaren could not have had worse start as a Newcastle United manager. They also surrender a 2-0 lead against Chelsea last week which ended up 2-2 and Newcastle struggled to hold on to even a draw but they can take a few positives away from that fixture going into the City encounter.
Team News & Possible Lineups: City are seating over the fitness of Yaya Toure and David Silva after both of them struggled to finish the game against Gladbach in midweek, Toure is confirmed to miss the Newcastle United game while Silva might play some part. Mangala is set to partner Otamendi in the central defence with skipper Kompany missing through injury. Newcastle United are likely to retain the same lineup which took the field against Chelsea with Perez and Mitrovic.
Match Predictions: They way Liverpool blew City away with fast pressing tactics last time around, Newcastle United will be hoping to replicate those tactics against a City side who are heading into the business end of the season and games like these will test their resolve. Another comprehensive win against Newcastle and nobody will care about that one off result against Liverpool, drop points against Newcastle and things will start to get interesting from now on.