Man City v Newcastle – preview
With the Premier League finally back, the speculation about who’s playing where and for how much can be somewhat reduced – well, once the window’s finally closed anyway.
August 19th, 2013
With wins for defending champions Man United and a seemingly revitalised Chelsea, the stage is set for this season’s bookies’ title favourites Man City to show what they can do tonight at the Etihad; free of managerial changes, controversies and off-the-pitch drama such as that displayed by their opponents, Newcastle United.
While new City manager Manuel Pellegrini has kept his head down to make some highly intriguing purchases and strengthen a squad which was left licking its wounds in May following the loss of its league title and a defeat in the FA Cup final, United has received something of a backlash from fans concerned that their appointment of Joe Kinnear may have a knock-on effect on club morale.
With player purchases purportedly no longer under manager Alan Pardew’s remit, more confusion could arise as the two men attempt to co-ordinate their strategies over coming weeks – with this match far from an ideal opening fixture for the Toon considering these recent developments. Fans’ dissatisfaction is beginning to mount, and considering that Newcastle has never won at the Etihad, it could be another miserable night in store for them.
Along with the furore surrounding Papiss Cisse and his trouble with the new sponsors, the off-field headaches which the Toon has experienced are much more worrisome than any which the new chief at Man City may have been presented with this summer – and as a result, tonight will be very interesting indeed.