Former Newcastle United coach John Carver believes the Magpies have a great chance of repeating last season’s stunning victory over Manchester City when they meet again this weekend.

And he believes it’s the perfect time to give Andy Carroll his first start of the season in a bid to beat the defending champions.

City will travel to St James’ Park for Saturday’s lunchtime game – with LIVE and EXCLUSIVE commentary on talkSPORT.

Ederson was beaten by Matt Ritchie’s penalty as Man City lost on their last visit to Newcastle

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Ederson was beaten by Matt Ritchie’s penalty as Man City lost on their last visit to Newcastle

It’s a repeat of the fixture which saw Newcastle emerge as surprise 2-1 winners back in January, thanks to Matt Richie’s late penalty.

Few are giving the Magpies much hope of the same result this weekend, after they were downed 2-0 by Steve Bruce’s former side, Aston Villa, on Saturday.

But with the injured Sergio Aguero out of the clash, Carver has every hope.

He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Manchester City are one of the best teams in the world and when you look at what they have in the final third with Sterling and Jesus…

“The one consolation is Aguero is not going to be playing. That’s a big plus for us, we’ve got to use that.

“I remember going into the game last year and it was all doom and gloom and all about ‘how can we keep the score down?’

“But at the end of the day we came out and we won the game 2-1, and we actually deserved to win the game, we were the better side in the second half.

“It’s an extremely difficult situation for Steve right now, and it’s going to be a difficult game, but sometimes in adversity players step forward.”

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There have been big question marks over manager Steve Bruce and his side’s lack of goals this season, having netted just 11 times in 13 league games.

In particular, Newcastle’s three big-money forwards have come under the spotlight for their lack of input since signing for the club.

Allan Saint-Maximin has managed just one assist in nine appearances since his £16million arrival from Nice, while club-record £40m striker Joelinton has just one goal and one assist in 13 games.

Furthermore, Paraguay ace Miguel Almiron is still yet to score or register an assist in 23 appearances for the Magpies.

And Carver believes this weekend’s clash presents the perfect opportunity to give one of those players a rest and give returning star Carroll a chance to bully City’s back-four.

“Steve has been very, very patient [with Newcastle’s forward line] but he might have to make one or two changes now,” added Carver.

“I watched Almiron quite closely in MLS and his movement was good, his finishing was good, he used to set up players and get in the right areas. I think it might be time for the staff to have a look at what Almiron did when he was at Atlanta and the positions he played in.

Miguel Almiron has struggled at Newcastle United

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Miguel Almiron has struggled at Newcastle United

John Carver has urged Steve Bruce to start Andy Carroll against Manchester City

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John Carver has urged Steve Bruce to start Andy Carroll against Manchester City

“I think he’s a good player and I think Saint-Maximin is a good player, too; he’s got pace, he gets in behind teams and gets into the advanced positions.

“We’ve always cried out for players who get the fans on the edge of their seats, and that’s why they are being patient with the two wide players, but I think it’s time for one of them to just have a bit of a rest.

“This could be the ideal game to bring Andy Carroll back in.

“As we know, John Stones is playing and he doesn’t like to be roughed up, so I think it might be an opportunity for [Carroll]. How long do you go without putting Andy in the team to find out what he can give us?”


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