St James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
October 30, 2013; 19:45 BST
Newcastle United host Manchester City in the 4th round Capitol One League Cup fixture as both sides look to bounce back from defeats over the weekend.
Newcastle United have had a stop-start season so far and are currently 11th in the League table. Alan Pardew’s men have won only three of their nine League fixtures so far. The home side are coming into this game after a big defeat in the Tyne-Wear derby last weekend. Fabio Borini’s late winner broke their heart as Newcastle United suffered their fourth defeat of the season.
Manchester City made a decent start to their campaign but their recent loss pushed them down the table. City are currently 7th in the League table and six points behind leaders Arsenal. They are coming into this game on the back of a crucial loss against Chelsea, in a match that could have an impact on the title race, as Fernando Torres scored a late winner.
The last fixture between these two sides ended in a one sided 4-0 win for Manchester City as Steven Taylor received a red card at the end of the first half. Manchester City have had the upper hand in the recent meetings between these two sides. The Citizens have won five of their last six matches at St James’ Park.
Newcastle United – Team News, Lineup And Formation
Alan Pardew is still missing some key players ahead of this fixture. Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor are still out injured and out of contention for this game. The Newcastle United manager is expected to make five changes to the side he fielded against Sunderland over the weekend. Pardew fielded a strong side in their last League Cup match against Leeds United, but given their current predicament in the League, Newcastle’s focus could be shifted from this tournament.
Newcastle fielded a striker-less side against Sunderland, a move that back fired and has been criticized following the defeat. Papiss Cisse is expected to lead the line in this game while Hatim Ben Arfa, who was played as a false nine in the last match, drops to the bench. Pardew will also rest Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy in this game, as Sylvain Marveaux and Sammy Amoebi get a start alongside Yoan Gouffran. This also means that there will be a change in formation for the home side as they switch back to a more conventional 4-2-3-1, instead of the 4-3-3 used in the derby.
Vurnon Anita will partner Cheick Tiote in the pivot ahead of the defence and will be key in restricting Manchester City’s attacking prowess. There will be only one change in defence as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa returns to the side after serving his suspension and will replace Mike Williamson at the back.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Krul (GK); Santon, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett, Debuchy; Anita, Tiote; Gouffran, Marveaux, Ameobi; Cisse
Manchester City – Team News, Lineup And Formation
Manuel Pellegrini has only one injury concern at the moment as Vincent Kompany continues his spell on the sidelines, but his absence is proving to be a big loss for the side that have looked disorganised at the back and at times lack a leader on the pitch.
Manchester City are coming into this game on the back of a big match against Chelsea and Manuel Pellegrini is expected to field a completely different side in this game. Man City have a strong enough squad to use a second string side and win this match.
Costel Pantilmon will replace the much criticized Joe Hart in goal for this game and this will be a big opportunity for him to prove his worth to the manager. Boyata will replace Pablo Zabaleta at right back, while Micah Richards plays as a center-back in this game. Joleon Lescott, who has struggled to get into the side this season, will partner Richards, as Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Gael Clichy at left back.
Javi Garcia will retain his place in the side, but Fernandinho will be replaced by former Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell. Jesus Navas will start on the right in place of Samir Nasri, while James Milner starts on the left. Edin Dzeko will lead the line upfront while Stevan Jovetic, who scored a brace against Wigan in the last round, will support him.
Manuel Pellegrini showed too much respect to Chelsea with his team selection in the weekend, as he dropped Alvaro Negredo to add another midfielder. But he is likely to move back to a more attacking line-up against Newcastle and looks to move one step closer to winning his first trophy with his new club.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Pantilomon (GK); Boyata, Richards, Lescott, Kolarov; Garcia, Rodwell; Navas, Jovetic, Milner; Dzeko
- Manchester City have won the last eight meetings and are unbeaten in 14 (W12, D2) since Newcastle won 1-0 at home in the Premier League in September 2005.
- This is the fourth meeting of these clubs in the League Cup – Manchester City won 2-1 in the 1976 final and also progressed from their fourth-round tie in 1994 after a replay.
- Newcastle are vying to reach the fifth round of this competition for the first time since 2006.
- Yaya Toure has scored five Premier League goals against Newcastle; he has not scored more goals against any other side.
- Manchester City have scored in their last 13 League Cup matches away from home since a 1-0 third-round defeat at Wigan in November 2002.
Player to watch out for: Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City)
Prediction: Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City