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MATCH PREVIEW – Newcastle United vs Manchester City: New era finally begins for Magpies as St James’ Park is free of Sports Direct Signage

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Newcastle face title contenders for the second time this week as Manchester City travel to St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon (2pm kick-off), amidst rise in Premier League covid cases.

Six fixtures have been postponed over the weekend following the rise of cases due to the Omicron variant with the likelihood of many more fixtures being affected in the coming weeks.

At the time of writing, the game between the Magpies and Man City is still going ahead. Sunday promises to be a challenging battle for the home side as the visitors ran rampant last time out, winning 7-0 at home against Leeds in midweek.

Perhaps the most important detail heading into this fixture is that for the first time since Mike Ashley’s departure in October, the Sports Direct advertising that previously covered the ground has been removed fully with a new era officially starting on Tyneside.

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Howe will be looking to build on the decent performance against Liverpool, despite defeat and will be expected his side to get on the front-foot as much as possible. The defensive woes continued for Newcastle on Thursday evening as they gifted Klopp’s side their first two goals.

Newcastle find themselves 19th with the worst defensive record in the Premier League and remain in desperate need of improvement on the pitch. The Magpies have shipped 37goals in 17 outings this campaign, running at an average of over 2 goals per game.

The January transfer window beckons and can’t come quick enough for Howe’s side who are expected to bring in a number of reinforcements.

After being rested on Thursday, Callum Wilson is expected to return to the starting eleven as Newcastle are yet to confirm the extent of the injuries they sustained against Liverpool. Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamal Lewis (hamstring) had their games cut short and are doubts for the clash with City.

Howe’s side have averaged the lowest percentage of possession across all Premier League games this season, suggesting that they are going to endure long periods of pressure from their visitors and will rely heavily on counter attacks to threaten the City net.

This is to be expected given the difference in quality between the two sides but Toon supporters can still expect their team to be well-drilled, structured and hard-working.

Man City have won seven consecutive games in the Premier League with two clean sheets in a row – Pepe’s side have the best defence in the division having only conceded nine goals so far this term.

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City seem to have found it tricky at St James’ Park in recent years for various reasons and they have not yet taken Newcastle apart on the road – could Sunday afternoon be a different story come 2pm?

The hosts will be hoping for a Christmas miracle to help kickstart their season after the first win over Burnley last tine out at SJP.

The fixture on Sunday afternoon is between the two richest clubs in the Premier League and has been nicknamed as El Cashico as the sides compete for the first time since the Saudi-led take-over of Newcastle in October.

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  • City have lost just one of the last 13 league away meetings, although they have conceded seven goals in their past three visits.
  • If Newcastle United fail to win against Manchester City, they will spend Christmas Day in the relegation zone for the first time in Premier League history.
  • Calum Wilson can become the first Newcastle player to score in three consecutive Premier League home matches since Yoan Gouffran in 2013.
  • City’s seven-match winning streak in the Premier League is the longest current run in the division. They have scored 20 goals and conceded just three during this period.

TEAM NEWS

Newcastle will assess the fitness of Allan Saint-Maximin, who was withdrawn during the defeat at LiverpoolJamal Lewis is sidelined because of a hamstring injury sustained at Anfield but Callum Wilson is expected to return to the starting eleven after starting on the bench in midweek.

Paul Dummet (hamstring) remains a lengthy absentee and isn’t expected back in action until 2022 at the earliest. Centre-back Federico Fernandez (thigh) is not expected to return from a knock that he sustained earlier this month.

Bernardo Silva is a doubt for Man City after being substituted off at half time against Leeds as a precaution, and Guardiola may rest the Portuguese international having played every minute of every game since the beginning of November.

Joao Cancelo returns from suspension having missed out on the 7-0 demolition of Bielsa’s side on Wednesday evening. Kevin De Bruyne is expected to start his second consecutive game as Phil Foden is expected to replace the doubtful Silva.

POTENTIAL LINE-UPs

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Pre-match thoughts? Score predictions?

Who makes your starting eleven? Can Newcastle pull off a Christmas miracle? What are your thoughts on the El Cashico? Will Howe’s side put in a decent performance at SJP?

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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend

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Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.

The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.

Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.

In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”

Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.

Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.

He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.

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Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team

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A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.

Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.

He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.

 

He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”

Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”

There were plenty of reaction tweets too….

@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”

@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”

@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”

Did you see what happened?

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Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen

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Mason Kirk (Credit: Family Picture)

Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.

Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.

The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.

His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.

“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”

“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.

“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.

“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”

Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.

“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”

“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.

Go here to donate to Great North Children’s Hospital.

Or to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation go here.

 

 

 

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