Newcastle suffered their third defeat of the Eddie Howe era in midweek, losing 3-1 to Liverpool, remaining three points adrift in the relegation zone. While losing to Liverpool is nothing to be ashamed of, Newcastle’s place in the bottom three will be a worry as there are currently no signs of them really turning things around. Newcastle’s only points under Howe so far have come via a draw with Norwich City, the one team below them in the league (on goal difference), and a victory against Burnley, who join them in the relegation zone. That victory over Burnley is Newcastle’s only win of the season so far too, with no side managing fewer.
It’s not the best time, then, for them to be facing Man City. Pep Guardiola’s side are one point clear at the top of the Premier League table but don’t look like letting go any time soon. The defending Premier League champions go into this game off the back of seven consecutive league wins since a shock 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at the end of October. A victory over Man Utd kicked off the run which has also seen Man City beat West Ham, Wolves and Leeds, scoring 20 goals and conceding just three. Victory over Newcastle this weekend would leave Man City top at Christmas which is normally a good omen for Premier League title chasers.
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Newcastle vs Man City: Match Stats
As mentioned, Man City have built their winning Premier League run on their defence and just three teams have managed to score past them over the past seven matches. With four clean sheets during that run, Ederson has now recorded nine shutouts in the Premier League this season – no goalkeeper has managed more than the Brazilian.
While Ederson has been keeping the goals out, Bernardo Silva has been banging them in. The Portuguese midfielder has scored five goals in his past seven Premier League matches including two in the 3-1 win over Wolves. He was a half-time substitute as Man City thrashed Leeds 7-0 in midweek and though he did not get a goal then, he will be fresh on Sunday looking to put Newcastle to the sword.
14 May 2021 – Newcastle 3-4 Man City – Premier League
26 December 2020 – Man City 2-0 Newcastle – Premier League
8 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
Newcastle went unbeaten against Man City in 2019, winning and drawing St James’ Park across two seasons. However, since then, Man City have started to dominate this fixture again, winning the past four games across all competitions including a 4-3 thriller at the end of last season.