Manchester City vs Newcastle
English Premier League
Date: 4 March 2023, Saturday
Kick-off at 12:30 UK / 13:30 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Manchester City and Newcastle will open Matchday No 26 in the elite class of English football with the clash on the early Saturday afternoon at Etihad Stadium.
The outfits will enter the tie in opposite spirits. The hosts are aiming to celebrate the third win on the spin, while their counterparts are hoping to avoid their third defeat in a row.
Pep Guardiola’s men bagged seven goals in easy back-to-back wins over AFC Bournemouth and Bristol City within the last seven days.
The man who particularly stood out in these two outings was Phil Foden who got his name on the scoresheet on both occasions. Will we see the young Englishman in the starting lineup on Saturday?
The Citizens are five points below Arsenal at the top of the standings, following the Gunners’ easy home win over Everton on Wednesday evening.
This means there is no room for mistakes for Pep and his troops here, regardless of the fact that the Magpies are a tricky opposition.
The good news for the hosts will be the absence of suspended Newcastle keeper Nick Pope who got sent off in the team’s previous league clash against Liverpool (a 0-2 defeat).
Newcastle have generally run into a crisis of late as they will travel to Etihad Stadium winless in four successive games. The run includes Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final.
Manchester City vs Newcastle Head-to-head
- We have seen a fantastic six-goal thriller when these two teams shared spoils in the first half of the season at St. James’ Park.
- Manchester City have 42 wins, 19 draws, and 13 defeats in the last 74 home clashes against Newcastle.
- At least four goals were scored in each of the previous four head to head outings between these rivals.
Manchester City vs Newcastle Prediction
Manchester City will enter the tie in much higher spirits after bagging seven goals in the last two wins. We will back them to beat the out-of-form Magpies by at least two goals difference on Saturday at the odds of 2.20.
Erling Haaland has 27 goals to his name this season. He was on target in the 1-4 drubbing of Bournemouth seven days ago at Vitality Stadium. We’ll back him to score here as well at the 1.66 odds.
Manchester City vs Newcastle Betting Tips
Manchester City to win in -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 2.20 (6/5)
Erling Haaland to score anytime @ 1.66 (4/6) odd.