Amidst all the takeover talk, Newcastle United have the toughest game possible on Saturday against a vengeful Manchester City.

It would be easy to forget that the team actually has to play a football match this weekend due to all the chatter about takeovers, or lack, of this week.

Sadly though, Newcastle do have a game, and it is away to the league leaders Manchester City, who will be out for revenge after suffering their first loss of the season last week away to Liverpool.

Rafa Benitez received a lot of criticism for his super defensive approach against Manchester City after Christmas, but his ‘everyone behind the ball’ approach almost gained the Magpies a point and would have ended Man City’s winning run.

It was not to be though, with Raheem Sterling scoring the only goal of the game, while pundits all talked about how Newcastle had disgraced the Premier League, despite coming closer than most to stopping the runaway leaders.

Despite Benitez’s tactics riling the Sky Sports crew, there is no reason for him to change his style as he prepares to take his team to the home of the champions-elect.

Man City have looked weaker in recent games with teams pressing them higher up the pitch, but Newcastle simply do not have the energy levels of a Liverpool, so a high intensity approach would just result in a catastrophic defeat for the Geordies.

Staying compact and breaking when possible, ensuring that we are still in the game by 70 minutes will once again be the perfect game plan for Benitez, who almost masterminded a result against City late last year, and would have got a point had it not been for some questionable finishing in black and white. Where have we heard that before this season…

It will be another tough watch for Toon fans, but the approach has to stay the same, and even if we do lose, just please keep the goal difference respectable.

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