Head to Head records: Away v Man City

Following a soul destroying defeat in the League Cup in midweek, things are not set to get much easier with a trip to Eastlands on the agenda for the evening kick-off on Saturday. Since the fixtures were released, we knew that this period was going to be a crunch time. With good performances against the big teams of Tottenham and Chelsea, I was made to believe that, should we play with the same fight and promise against smaller clubs, we would have no problem against the likes of Cardiff and Nottingham Forest. Why do we turn up and play well against the big teams and fail to play with the same vigour and mentality against the smaller clubs? This is a problem and a reason why we are not winning matches at present. The Forest match was a big chance for the players to say, "Look we can actually win matches" and grab a bit of confidence while we are in the midst of a very tough start to the season.

Let's be honest about Saturday's match. No one is surely going to envisage a win with Man City, showing last season, that they were (and still are) a class above the rest of the top six. As we cannot 'afford' to go and attack Man City, the aim for the match would be just to limit the damage on the goal difference and if we are within one goal of Man City in the 70th minute, we will then try and score an equaliser. Many teams visit the 'Emptihad' and get on the receiving end of a bloodbath so the question that fans might want to ask themselves is whether a narrow defeat be pleasing to them. With 1-0 and 3-1 defeats against the Citizens last season, the damage limitation to the goal difference proved to be a big factor in the bottom half of the table that had few points separating them as we went into the closing stages of the season.

We have only beaten Manchester City away from home in the Premier League on one occasion and that came in September 2000 when Alan Shearer headed in the winner - more details on that to follow. This means that we have only won one league game against Man City out of the previous twenty visits. To finish on a positive, I will look back at the time in January 1957 when we entertainingly beat Man City 5-4 at Maine Road in the FA Cup third round. This match is the highest scoring encounter between ourselves and Man City.

Facts and Figures

All Competitions

Newcastle wins: 71

Man City wins: 67

Draws: 39

Premier League

Man City wins: 22

Newcastle wins: 7

Draws: 7

Premier League at Man City

Man City wins: 13

Draws: 4

Newcastle wins: 1

Previous ten (all competitions)

Man City wins: 8 (26 goals)

Newcastle wins: 1 (5 goals)

Draws: 1

Biggest win: Man City 1 - 4 Newcastle United (26/12/1905)

Biggest defeats: Man City 5 - 0 Newcastle United (21/02/2015)

Man City 6 - 1 Newcastle United (03/10/2015)