Fabricio Coloccini - Newcastle United News

After a Papiss Cisse-inspired victory over Chelsea in midweek, Newcastle return to Premier League action when they take on title-chasing Manchester City at St James’ Park. Anything less than a win for Roberto Mancini’s men will seriously affect their hopes of a maiden Premier League title, whilst Alan Pardew’s troops will be hoping to move up to third place with a win.

All the football world seems to have been talking about since Wednesday night is Cisse’s stunning double strike which sunk Chelsea and the next thing on his “to do” list is to get the better of Mancini’s side. With title rivals Manchester United expected to comfortably pick up maximum points against Swansea at Old Trafford, the emphasis is on City to overcome the toughest test of their run-in.

With the Geordies just one point behind third-placed Arsenal, any slip up by the Gunners can be exploited by Pardew’s men and Newcastle could end the season with only the two Manchester clubs ahead of them. The achievement would mean that regardless of the outcome of the Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich, the Magpies will be playing in Europe’s top club competition next season.

Danny Simpson could return for Newcastle after missing the win against Chelsea with a knock, although the fine performance of James Perch would mean that the former Manchester United right-back could find it difficult to regain his starting place. Before the Chelsea clash, Simpson was the only man to have been ever-present in every league game this season.

Peter Lovenkrands, Steven Taylor and Haris Vuckic have all seen their seasons come to a premature end and won’t be involved, while Danny Guthrie and Sylvain Marveaux are both gradually coming back to 100% fitness. The pair were on the bench in midweek and could make their comebacks on Sunday, should Pardew choose to alter his winning formula.

As for the visitors, they could be affected by the loss of two of their star players. Joe Hart has been between the sticks for every game this season for Mancini’s side but could miss out after sustaining a foot injury. Costel Pantilimon is on standby…Cisse is rubbing his hands in glee. David Silva is also suffering from an ankle problem but is expected to play through the pain, due to the massive stakes involved in the game.

The referee for the clash will be Howard Webb, most famous for his links with being appointed for Manchester United’s biggest games, but we’ll let you be the judge of that one.

 

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  1. Ian

    Speaking as a Man City fan I think City will be lucky to get a draw, and thats down to the fact that Silva and Hart have a slight injury and so could be doubtful, and Kompany is suspended.
    If Newcastle win on Sunday I hope they pip Arsenal to the third spot, they deserve it.

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  2. Jem

    City fan. I think city will not win this one, Newcastle are flying (as are we) however home advantage and no Kompany will be the difference. Come Monday I expect Man U to be back in the driving seat, but its been a great week looking at them squirm. The went from cocky pricks to limp pricks in the space of 10 days & I've enjoyed every bit of it. Still you never know, if we have one of those games were everything goes right and we get a bit of luck then maybe we will scrape it.

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