Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has called on his team mates to approach Wednesday’s match against Manchester City with a physical attitude.
City head to the north east with a 13 point lead at the top of the Premier League table and they are yet to taste defeat, having won their last 17 league outings on the bounce.
The Citizens have played with a real swagger, netting 60 goals in 19 games, and they look unstoppable with Pep Guardiola’s tactics put in to action in fine fashion.
Newcastle face the unenviable task of trying to stop the City steam train rolling on when they host the league leaders on Wednesday at St James’ Park.
Lascelles feels that a physical approach is the best way to try and disrupt their flow, having tried to do the same against Arsenal earlier this month, although they were narrowly beaten 1-0 at the Emirates.
“We need to make it as difficult as we can, small fouls and we need to make it physical with them. Don’t let them play pretty football,” Lascelles said.
“We did the same against Arsenal. They wanted to play the nice passes and we wanted to get physical and get in their faces and they didn’t like it.
“Their fans turned on them, our fans started picking up and we were pretty unlucky not to get something at the end. That’s the approach we might take.”
Newcastle ended a run of nine games without a win last time out and they can be backed at 12.00 to come out on top on Wednesday, while City are priced at 1.22 to pick up all three points, and the draw is available at 6.50.