Its been an interesting week so far for Man City. They have new signings to put out tonight in Craig Bellamy and Nigel de Jong and they also welcome back Robinho who has been the subject of many news headlines today! City will be without Richard Dunne who begins his four match ban so Nedum Onuoha is expected to partner Micah Richards in defense.
Newcastle are a team in crisis I think its fair to say. They are without keeper Shay Given but do have new signing Peter Lovenkrands available for selection. Geremi is out with a groin injury and big players for the club are still a few weeks away from starting.
City should be strong favourites for this game tonight. Playing at home is a big boost for them and having new signings is always a boost to team spirit. I am sure Robinho will take center stage one way or another.
Newcastle are a shambolic at the moment! Going forward they can look pretty good but defensively they are all over the place and Joe Kinnear is running out of time to put that right. The big taking point for them is the Shay Given saga. He could be a City player by the end of the week and what a huge loss that would be to Newcastle. If City turn on the style they will struggle tonight!
POSSIBLE STARTING XI:
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Onuoha, Richards, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Kompany, Ireland, Robinho, Bellamy.
Newcastle: Harper, Taylor, Bassong, Coloccini, N'Zogbia, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Barton, Geremi, Lovenkrands, Owen.