Why this weekend could be the most significant of Newcastle's season

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Newcastle United face a massive challenge to get a result against Manchester City this weekend, considering their current defensive injuries.

Newcastle United could be facing the biggest weekend of their season so far as they prepare to take on Manchester City at the Etihad tomorrow afternoon.

The Shields Gazette has reported the severity of the team’s current injury problems in defence, with Paul Dummett expected to be out of action for far longer than first feared.

The back four is going to be under real pressure tomorrow and if it’s a test that the team can get through, it bodes well for the coming weeks until they start having more defensive options returning to fitness.

It’s not going to be easy for the defence against one of the most talented attacks in the Premier League, but if they can battle hard and Newcastle get a result, it could be the most significant weekend of the campaign so far moving forward.

For Newcastle to get a result tomorrow, a number of things have to happen.

Carver needs to get the balance across the back four right, even if that means playing someone out of position. Any weakness in terms of an unbalanced back four and City will find it.

Newcastle also need a bit of luck and for Manchester City to have a bad day at the office.

City are a side at their best when they get on the ball and control possession through the middle, which means Newcastle’s defence has to be turned on and focused throughout the game.

Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson have enough experience and quality to be able to sustain extended periods of pressure, but the Magpies need one or two decisions going their way as well as the run of the ball in their favour.

If Newcastle can get a result with so few fit defensive options against a side competing for the title, and away from home, then it could well give the side the inspiration needed to break that top eight and stay there for the rest of the campaign.

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