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Manchester City have edge over Newcastle

With both sides meeting today in the Premier League the gulf in class is not just on the playing field but in the sponsorship stakes.

Manchester City have a specially liveried plane courtsey of Etihad Airways emblazoned with the football club's crest and painted nose to tail in a fetching light-blue colour scheme while Newcastle are under pressure for renaming St James Park the Sports Direct Arena after owner Mike Ashley's company.

The clubs couldn't be further apart Commercially but one thing that is for sure is the Magpie fans will run the Sky Blue fans close today for cheering rights.

The 10-year deal will eventually net City up to £350 million according to some observers, in return for retitling their home ground as the Etihad Stadium and for wearing the airline's name on their shirts.

What the bosses of Newcastle would give for such a deal, lets hope on the playing field the game is a lot closer.


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