Premier League Preview: Manchester City vs. Newcastle United

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Updated: August 12, 2013
Manchester City vs. Newcastle United

Their last Premier League duel seemed like an imbalanced boat with one side heavily loaded, and the other flying in lightness. Manchester City scored all four goals in the tourney, leaving Newcastle United empty handed. Their recent individual matches, however, are forecasting a different scenario. Both teams may have won three matches each, but The Magpies have a relatively friendlier record with just one draw and one defeat. By comparison, The Citizens have already accumulated three losses beginning with their July 14 match with SuperSport United and ending just recently with Bayern München. Is the wheel already turning toward Newcastle’s side, or is it just looking for an air refill for City to recover from a flat tire?
 
Manuel Pellegrini’s men would be battling out with Alan Pardew’s players this August 20 at the Etihad Stadium, as part of the pre-final matches for the Premier League new season. For the 16th placers (Newcastle) in the 2012-2013 League, it would be an uphill battle to push their limits this new season. For the second placers (City), the pressure would be too high to absorb and will also pose a challenge if they could make their 2012 win replicate itself at the culmination of the tournament next year.
 
Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo’s first goal fell short when it failed to prevent a 2-1 Audi Cup final defeat to European champions Bayern Munich. Negredo gave his side the lead on the hour mark in the Allianz Arena match, but Beyern’s Thomas Muller was swift to equal that score via penalty. Mario Mandzukic later gave the concluding decision with a winning goal to wrap up the tournament.
 
Newcastle, in contrast, had rhythmic victory with their match against St. Mirren 0-2. Returning player Papiss Cisse set the game early in favor of his team when he exchanged passes with Sammy Ameobi and secured a well-placed finish into the top corner after 18 minutes. David Cornell of St. Mirren was forced to make his moves more compact and attentive, but the goalkeeper failed to keep up with his side’s opponents after full-back Matthew Debuchy hurled a solid finish on 26 minutes with midfielder Vurnon Anita assisting him towards the goal.
 
It would be easy to determine which side will win if their last season’s performances would serve as the only gauge for the odds. But the Club Friendlies they competed in recently somewhat confuse the chances. If Manchester City regain their energy and appetite in the pitch, they can possibly win over Newcastle. But if they fail to show further improvements, the tourney might as well end in a draw.

 
 
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