Does City Still Have The Blues?

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Right now, Manchester City should be within a point of current premiership favourite Chelsea. Instead, Manuel Pellegrini’s team languishes four points in arrears after Joe Hart’s goalkeeping howler cost City a draw and handed the west London side the three points in the latter’s 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.

City won’t want two disappointments in a week but the Sky Blues have a bit of a banana peel League Cup clash on Thursday morning (AEST) against Newcastle United . Thirteen out of the sixteen clubs left in the competition are top flight sides, with only Leicester City, Birmingham City and Burnley left from the Championship.

The Magpies had their own disappointing defeat last start when Sunderland getting up 2-1 in the Tyne-Wear derby. It was the Black Cats’ first win of the season and the loss leaves Newcastle sitting mid-table. Since coming back in to the Premier League in the 2010-11 season, Manchester City has troubled the Geordies more than any other club. The Citizens have won all seven matches played since then scoring 21 goals and conceding just four. In fact, you have to go back to the 2005-06 season to find the last time Alan Pardew’s team beat City, with the current streak 14 straight matches without a win.

In the previous round of the League Cup, City disposed of Wigan Athletic 5-0, something the side no doubt wishes it could have done in last season’s shock FA Cup final loss. Newcastle beat League Two Morecambe in its first appearance in the competition this season and repeated that scoreline against Leeds United in the third round. St James’s Park hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the home team in the Premier League this season with just one win and two draws from four starts. 

Right now, Manchester City should be within a point of current premiership favourite Chelsea. Instead, Manuel Pellegrini’s team languishes four points in arrears after Joe Hart’s goalkeeping howler cost City a draw and handed the west London side the three points in the latter’s 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.

City won’t want two disappointments in a week but the Sky Blues have a bit of a banana peel League Cup clash on Thursday morning (AEST) against Newcastle United . Thirteen out of the sixteen clubs left in the competition are top flight sides, with only Leicester City, Birmingham City and Burnley left from the Championship.

The Magpies had their own disappointing defeat last start when Sunderland getting up 2-1 in the Tyne-Wear derby. It was the Black Cats’ first win of the season and the loss leaves Newcastle sitting mid-table. Since coming back in to the Premier League in the 2010-11 season, Manchester City has troubled the Geordies more than any other club. The Citizens have won all seven matches played since then scoring 21 goals and conceding just four. In fact, you have to go back to the 2005-06 season to find the last time Alan Pardew’s team beat City, with the current streak 14 straight matches without a win.

In the previous round of the League Cup, City disposed of Wigan Athletic 5-0, something the side no doubt wishes it could have done in last season’s shock FA Cup final loss. Newcastle beat League Two Morecambe in its first appearance in the competition this season and repeated that scoreline against Leeds United in the third round. St James’s Park hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the home team in the Premier League this season with just one win and two draws from four starts. 

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