Newcastle United vs Manchester City: Premier League Prediction Panel 2008/9 - preview and predictions
Joe &*^%^&$ Kinnear will be looking to build on the point gained at Everton last time out as he looks to rebuild a reputation after a number of years 'resting'. Home games should see Newcastle clamber clear of danger - but too often recently the lack of support in the stands has mirrored the lacklustre players. Kinnear got a reaction against Everton; but without Michael Owen was it a dead cat bounce or something more substantial?
Manchester City tend to blow hot and cold - and demonstrated against Liverpool that they can manage to be superstars and Sunday League in the same game. Unless Mark Hughes sorts out this consistency he is unlikely to be given too long to worry about which world stars to recruit - just one win in four (against Omonia Nicosia) means that City are due a run of wins if this season is not to fizzle out before Christmas.
City's extra spending power will make them favourites in all but the biggest games; but have they got a squad currently to justify that rating?
Newcastle United vs Manchester City; Kick Off 08:00pm 20 Oct 2008
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Tony Bellew : 0 - 3
Dave Blackburn : TBC - TBC
Sue Gardener : 3 - 2
Chris Goodwin : 0 - 2
Paul Grech (sqf) : 1 - 2
Colin Illingworth (sqf) : 1 - 3
Hugh Larkin (sqf) : 1 - 0
Peter Lee : 2 - 2
Don McMahon : 0 - 1
Antony Melvin (sqf) : 1 - 3
Stephen Orford (sqf) : 1 - 3
Tony Ratton : 1 - 2
Peter Rendle : 2 - 2
Dan Taylor : 1 - 3
Bill Urban (sqf) : 1 - 3
Andy Wakeman : 2 - 1
Isaac Williams : 1 - 1
Mark Williams : 1 - 1
The panel are backing a City win, but the number of advocates for a Newcastle revival are growing.
Home: 3; Draw: 4; Away: 10; TBC: 1;
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