Lascelles ready to test City's weaknesses

27 June 2020 22:57:41 GMTPlus10


 

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles says Manchester City have their weaknesses and thinks they have what it takes to capitalise in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final at St James' Park.

The Magpies have not won any significant silverware for 51 years but they are making smooth progress under Steve Bruce, who has steered them 12 points clear of Premier League safety with seven games to go.

Newcastle is a football city with a spring in its step again and the speculation linking them to a Saudi Arabian takeover has supporters filled with optimism.

It is having the same impact on the pitch, too, with Newcastle unbeaten in five matches in all competitions and seeking a Premier League top-half finish.

The Magpies had suffered FA Cup fourth round exits in each of the last three seasons but wins over Rochdale, Oxford and West Brom have booked their place in the quarter-finals this year and Lascelles see no reason why the dream can't continue.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Lascelles said: "Manchester City have great players but also with those players they do have their own weaknesses.

"We have a big 6ft 4in striker on the bench (Andy Carroll) who is known for heading it and bullying centre halves. And Joelintion is 6ft 3in as well.

"There is always a way to win games, whether it be with a counter-attack or set-piece. Or make it dirty. We will have some kind of gameplan."

He added: "Thankfully I never have to mark Andy in training. The manager never puts us against each other probably because he knows there is going to be fireworks.

"But he will have a plan and, as I say, we know their weaknesses. There is no reason we can't win."

Newcastle are 15.00 to spring a FA Cup shock, with Manchester City 1.18. The draw is a 7.50 chance.

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