Newcastle United will likely be seeking to register their first Premier League win in over a month this weekend when Neil Warnock’s Cardiff Metropolis journey to Tyneside within the hopes of pushing even additional away from the relegation locations.
Only one place and one level separate each groups forward of kick-off, with Rafa Benitez’s Magpies presently sitting simply contained in the drop zone.
It is virtually sure that one in every of these two sides will end the weekend contained in the relegation zone as nicely, until Southampton get overwhelmed by the unlikely scoreline of a minimum of 8-Zero when Everton go to the south coast on Saturday.
Right here is 90min’s preview for Saturday’s relegation six-pointer at St. James’ Park.
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 19 January|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||15:00 (BST)|
|The place Is it Performed?||St. James’ Park|
|TV Channel/Stay Stream?||Gillette Soccer Saturday/BT Rating|
The hosts will likely be with out Ki Sung-yueng as he is nonetheless away on worldwide obligation with South Korea, who simply secured a 2-Zero win over China to complete on the prime of their group on the Asian Cup.
Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark and Isaac Hayden, in the meantime, all picked up knocks throughout Newcastle’s win over Blackburn Rovers within the FA Cup on Wednesday and all three could possibly be doubts this weekend.
|Newcastle United||Dúbravka, Yedlin, Clark, Fernández, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy, Longstaff, Hayden, Atsu, Rondón.|
|Cardiff Metropolis||Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham, Arter, Ralls, Mendez-Laing, Camarasa, Hoilett, Paterson.|
Cardiff Metropolis have not gained a single league match towards Newcastle United all through their historical past, though the Bluebirds did style victory throughout a FA Cup match throughout the 2013/14 season due to a successful purpose from substitute Fraizer Campbell.
Though they have not gained a sport towards Newcastle in both the Premier League or Championship, Cardiff’s draw towards the Magpies earlier this season was the primary time they ever claimed a degree towards them.
Neil Warnock’s facet final scored at St. James’ Park in 2016, though Newcastle have not stored a clear sheet at residence because the begin of November.
Each groups are coming into this sport with only one win of their final 5 video games throughout all competitions, though Cardiff’s slight enchancment within the Premier League has seen them transfer forward of Newcastle throughout the Christmas interval.
Saturday’s hosts have been leaking objectives in current weeks, though solely Wolves have conceded much less out of the groups within the backside half of the desk, whereas Cardiff Metropolis have scored only one purpose since Christmas day.
Here is how every workforce has carried out of their final 5 fixtures:
|Blackburn Rovers 2-4 Newcastle United (15/01)||Cardiff Metropolis 0-Zero Huddersfield City (12/01)|
|Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United (12/01)||Gillingham 1-0 Cardiff Metropolis (05/01)|
|Newcastle United 1-1 Blackburn Rovers (05/01)||Cardiff Metropolis 0-Three Tottenham (01/01)|
|Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester United (02/01)||Leicester Metropolis 0-1 Cardiff Metropolis (29/12)|
|Watford 1-1 Newcastle United (29/12)||Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff Metropolis (26/12)|
Regardless of Newcastle’s current type, they need to be assured of clawing their manner out of the underside three this weekend. Nonetheless, there may be additional stress as a result of they’ll possible be left empty-handed of their subsequent two video games towards Manchester Metropolis and Tottenham.
Cardiff, in the meantime, nonetheless have 5 of the so-called ‘prime six’ to play earlier than the tip of the season and can want as many factors on the board as doable, however man for man the Bluebirds should not have the ability to match this weekend’s hosts.
Prediction: Newcastle United 2-Zero Cardiff Metropolis