Preview: Manchester City v Aston Villa

Thanks to yet another away victory, City go into the game against Villa in good spirits. With Blackpool also paying us a visit at the weekend, all we need to do is bring our away form to Eastlands.

The key for Mancini will be to score the first goal, preferably before any anxiety sets in amongst the crowd. Villa’s spirits will be low after losing at home to 10 man Spurs and an early goal could enable City to capitalise.

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Verdict: Newcastle United 1 Manchester City 3

City wasted no time in returning to winning ways as two goals in the opening six minutes set the blues on their way to a double over a highly competitive Newcastle side. Once again Carlos Tevez was the talismanic hero with an assist and two goals to seal the victory.

Tevez intercepted a poor pass from Krul and played in Barry who finished with a sharp shot between the Newcastle keeper’s legs. A couple of minutes later and another poor pass by the home side again saw our captain bearing down on goal.

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Player ratings: Newcastle United v Manchester City

Hart – Stood up well to a more rigorous workout than usual. One mistaken attempt to punch clear a cross was the only error. Needs to rein in the long clearances until we’ve got a target man. 7

Boateng – Gutierrez caused Jerome more problems than he ought to. Still not found his best form and conceded too many free-kicks. 6

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