City need to win to stay ahead of Manchester United on goal difference.
“They’re a really good side and I think Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are going to be a real handful,” Richards told City's website.
“I think Vinnie is going to have to follow Cisse around and stick to him like a leach because everything he tries at the moment seems to come off.
“His two goals at Chelsea were world class and Nigel de Jong knows what he’s capable of because I think he’s been up against him a few times in Germany. He says he’s always been a goal-scorer so he’ll be a threat.
“They have other talents like Yohan Cabaye - but we will have eleven fantastic players that Newcastle will be worrying about and we know if we are at our best, we can beat anyone."