The Premier League title race remains a fiercely tight affair, with just one point still the difference between Manchester City in first and annoying coattail-clingers Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s men have refused to pacify their flying form in the Premier League and are eyeing up an unprecedented quadruple season.
For Pep Guardiola, City’s full focus is now on securing the Premier League title and retaining their crown. A Champions League exit to European royalty Real Madrid in midweek means they are only competing on the single front in May, a rare scenario for this club having also been eliminated from the FA Cup.
Eddie Howe’s Newcastle represent a potentially awkward opponent for the current Premier League pace-setters. The Tyneside club have been one of the most in-form clubs since the turn of the year and will be looking to finish the season with a flourish to give them some momentum heading into a club-defining summer.
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Man City vs Newcastle match stats
Kevin De Bruyne has simply been on another level in recent outings. The Belgian has been directly involved in 15 goals across his previous 16 Premier League game (nine goals and six assists). In fact, nine of his 11 goals in the top flight have come at the Etihad Stadium (82 per cent), the highest ratio of home goals for all players with 10+ finishes in the Premier League this term.
Despite Newcastle’s tremendous form in recent months, Howe simply hates playing against City. The Newcastle boss has lost all 11 of his Premier League meetings with City, the worst 100 per cent losing record a manager has against a single opponent in the competition. Nine of those defeats have come against Guardiola, which is also the worst 100 per cent losing record one manager has against another in the Premier League.
19 Dec 2021 – Newcastle 0-4 Man City – Premier League
14 May 2021 – Newcastle 3-4 Man City – Premier League
26 Dec 2020 – Man City 2-0 Man City – Premier League
08 Jul 2020 – Man City 5-0 Man City – Premier League
28 Jun 2020 – Newcastle 0-2 Man City – FA Cup
Newcastle simply couldn’t handle City in December. They were battered from pillar to post as four different scorers took it in turns to subdue St James’ Park, with Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling all getting the business done for the travelling side.