PREVIEW: Newcastle United vs City

Newcastle United vs City, Saturday 15th December 2012, 12.45pm, St James’ Park, Newcastle.

Tickets: Home tickets available. For details click here.

Last Season: Newcastle 0-2 City

Referee: Andre Marriner

Team News

Newcastle – Gabriel Obertan could return after over a month out with a toe injury. Hatem Ben Arfa is a major doubt, having suffered a reaction after making his comeback from a hamstring injury.

City – Vincent Kompany is a doubt after picking up a groin injury during last weekend’s Manchester derby. Gareth Barry is serving a one-match ban for verbally abusing a match official after that game. Clichy (ankle), Nasri (headache), Milner (hamstring), Kompany and  Kolarov (groin) are all doubtful. Richards (knee), Guidetti (leg), Rodwell (hamstring) are long term absentees.

Stats

Newcastle have lost five of their last six games.

Danny Simpson has been in excellent form over the last two seasons, and did his best to get forward and provide chances for his team mates against Fulham by delivering more crosses than any player has in a single game this season with 13.

Jonas Gutierrez was once again top of the Newcastle distance charts against Fulham, running 6.44 miles.

Demba Ba has scored 10 times for Newcastle in the league this season, with a solid conversion rate of 1 goal from every 3 attempts on target.

Fabricio Coloccini has made a total of 33 interceptions and 11 blocks this season.
Samir Nasri and Gareth Barry were City’s joint hardest workers against the Red Devils, both running for 6.69 miles.

Yaya Toure’s gargantuan 682 passes completed in the opponent’s half this season has put clear daylight between himself and the rest of the league, with Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla his nearest rival with 658 according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

It was a tense game for Carlos Tevez facing down his old club last weekend and a there were a couple of fiery moments from the dynamic Argentinian. Tevez has been flourishing at the Etihad this season though, already compiling a highly impressive 16 crosses and 10 assists.

David Silva’s has successfully completed a pass in his opponents half every 2.3 minutes, despite only playing 1036 minutes of football.

City have won nine and lost none (D2) of their last 11 Premier League games against Newcastle

City are unbeaten in their last 10 PL away games (W6, D4, L0), conceded just 6 goals and kept 5 clean sheets in that run.

City have scored 6 goals in their last 5 Premier League away games. 4 of those have been scored by substitutes

There have been four penalties in the last six Premier League meetings between City and Newcastle, all to the City.

Carlos Tevez has netted 4 goals in his last 6 Premier League games against Newcastle.
Newcastle’s Demba Ba has scored 5 goals in his last 6 Premier League appearances at St James’ Park.

City form: LDWDWW

Newcastle form: LWLLLL

Stats courtesy of EA Sports Index and Opta City.

Press Conference

See Roberto Mancini’s press conference below.

Inside the Opposition

Don’t miss our interview with Newcastle blogger Leazes Terrace.

Fixtures

All matches kick off at 3pm unless stated.

Saturday

Liverpool v Aston Villa

Man Utd v Sunderland

Norwich v Wigan

QPR v Fulham

Stoke v Everton

Sunday

Tottenham v Swansea (1.30pm)

West Brom v West Ham (4pm)

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