For the first time in a long while Man City and Arsenal are level on games played, which means we have a more realistic view of how the table stands. And unfortunately for Man City it shows that there is work to be done if they are to finally achieve their dreams of three consecutive league titles.
With 13 games left to play in the Premier League this season, Man City are five points behind league leaders Arsenal and know their title fate is in the Gunners’ hand. Even if Man City were to beat Arsenal in their second game this season, Pep Guardiola’s side are still relying on the Gunners dropping points elsewhere. Man City are currently only a four-game unbeaten run which includes victory over Arsenal and has also seen them beat Aston Villa and Bournemouth, but they may be left cursing a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.
Newcastle, meanwhile, had once looked comfortable in the fight for the top four and Champions League football but the Magpies are suffering a poor run of form at the wrong time. Eddie Howe’s men are winless in their past four league matches, with three draws and one defeat, and have won just two of their eight league games since returning from the World Cup break.
The run of form leaves Newcastle in fifth, four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur but it isn’t completely over for the Magpies. Newcastle do still have two games in hand over Tottenham and would move into the top four if they were to win both of those matches. Howe will want to get his side out of their slump quickly too, having also seen them beaten in the EFL Cup final last weekend.
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Man City vs Newcastle match stats
Ederson is one clean sheet away from reaching 100 in his Premier League career but the Brazilian has conceded in each of his past five matches and he didn’t look too composed after coming on at half-time in Man City’s FA Cup win over Bristol City in midweek. Furthermore, no Premier League side has conceded the first goal in fewer matches so far this season than Newcastle’s five.
However, Man City have scored in their last 28 Premier League games against Newcastle since a goalless draw in November 2006, the joint-longest goalscoring run one team has had against another in the history of the competition alongside Manchester United against Leicester City. Erling Haaland is the obvious danger to the Newcastle defence, but they will also want to keep a close eye on Kevin De Bruyne who has recorded seven assists in the Premier League against Newcastle, including five at the Etihad.