Newcastle vs Man City: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Manchester City will take to the field for the first time since regaining the Premier League title as they head to St James’ Park to face Newcastle on Friday night at 8.00pm BST.
Newcastle vs Man City: Predictions
Having now secured their Premier League status for another season, Newcastle will be hoping to finish the Premier League campaign with a flourish. The Magpies have found some improved form of late, losing just one of their last six games to pull away from the relegation zone.
A victory over Leicester City last time out was particularly impressive and it now seems that manager Steve Bruce is looking to dispel supporters’ anger at his perceivably negative style of play, with his side racking up four goals in that win, plus three in their recent home win over another high-flying outfit in West Ham United.
Manchester City are an altogether different beast though. The Citizens have now wrapped up the Premier League title following Manchester United’s midweek defeat to Leicester City and can now afford to switch their attention to the Champions League final, where they will face Chelsea later this month.
Pep Guardiola doesn’t need to rotate his squad just yet in order to keep them fresh for that game as it is still several weeks away, so expect a fairly strong starting XI from the new champions here. They’ve been excellent against Newcastle in recent meetings too, winning the last three and scoring nine goals without reply in the process.
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Newcastle vs Man City: Match Stats
Manchester City don’t like winning games by just one goal. They’ve won two of their last three matches by a 2-0 scoreline versus PSG and Crystal Palace and they’ve beaten Newcastle by a margin of more than one goal in each of the last three meetings between the sides. Pep Guardiola’s men have won no fewer than 31 matches by more than one goal in all competitions this season.
Joe Willock has been terrific since joining Newcastle on loan in January and not only for his penetrative runs forward, but also for his defensive work in midfield. The 21 year old has averaged 2.39 tackles per 90 in his loan spell thus far and he’ll be tasked with winning the ball from the possession-hungry Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan here.
26 December 2020 – Man City 2-0 Newcastle (Premier League
08 July 2020 – Man City 5-0 Newcastle (Premier League)
28 June 2020 – Newcastle 0-2 Man City (FA Cup)
30 November 2019 – Newcastle 2-2 Man City (Premier League)
29 January 2019 – Newcastle 2-1 Man City (Premier League)
This fixture has been heavily one-sided in recent years, with Newcastle winning just three of their past 31 games against Man City across all competitions. They are currently on a winless streak of four, losing three, since a 2-1 win at St James’ Park in January 2019 that threatened to derail Man City’s title push.