Manchester City will be gearing up to welcome Newcastle United on Saturday March 30, 2013. The game is scheduled to be played at the Etihad Stadium at 1500 GMT.
Both teams enter this game after a decent run in their previous six games in all competitions. Home side Manchester City have won four and lost two, while visitors Newcastle have won three, drawn one and lost two of their previous six games.
Newcastle United’s Alan Pardew will have a selection headache before this game as loads of influential players are side-lined due to injury. Davide Santon, Massadio Haidara, Mathieu Debuchy, Hatem Ben Arfa, Fabrico Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Tim Krul and Haris Vuckic are all unavailable for selection.
Newcastle has not had a good season thus far. Their current league position is due to various reasons, mainly owing to the lack of a full strength squad from the beginning of the season. A victory in this game against a shaken Manchester City could put them in with a shout to enter the top half of the league. They start this game in 13th spot, quite far off from where they would have anticipated being at the start of the season.
Manchester City’s manager Roberto Mancini has conceded defeat, saying that the English Premiership crown is now out of reach. Their arch rivals Manchester United are 15 points ahead and the point gap now seems unassailable.
Mancini will miss Jack Rodwell, Maicon and Micha Richards due to injury. Prolific Argentine striker Sergio Aguero trained with the first team on Thursday and if deemed fit by the medical staff could get a short run in this game if needed.
In-form striker Carlos Tevez is expected to lead the attack. He will be assisted by David Silva and Yaya Toure in mid-field.
When compared on paper, this game seems to be one sided and Manchester City victory seems inevitable.