Manchester City vs Newcastle United
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 20 January 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Manchester City have suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend when they fell to Liverpool 4-3 at Anfield. Pep Guardiola’s defensive line has thus prove to be quite vulnerable against a top quality opposition and this is what the Spaniard should really have in mind ahead of the upcoming Champions League challenges.
The Citizens still hold the pole position in the Premier League standings being 12 points clear off Manchester United in the second place. They will get a nice chance to return on the winning ways instantly this Saturday when they host league’s newcomers Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium.
The Magpies are undefeated in last four matches in all competitions, but Rafael Benitez does to have reasons to be entirely happy after his men only drew 1-1 to Swansea City at home in the previous round. On the positive note, the Magpies have been fairly tough to break down recently after allowing no more than two goals in last four games. Such form will, however, be heavily challenged at the weekend when they come face to face with the league’s best attacking line.
Man City still preserve the fabulous home record as they’ll come into this off the back of 16 consecutive wins at Etihad Stadium. The Citizens have netted three or more goals in four of last five outings in all competitions. The Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus is still injured and Sergio Aguero should likely make the staring XI on Saturday, paired with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling on the flanks.
Manchester City vs Newcastle United: Head-to-head
Manchester City have won 37 and lost only 13 home matches with Newcastle United ahead of the landmark 70th H2H clash between the two sides in Manchester.
The Citizens have been super-efficient in last two clashes with the Magpies at Etihad Stadium netting 11 goals in demolishing back-to-back wins.
The clash played in this term of the Premier League saw a narrow 0-1 win for Manchester City at St. James’ Park.
Manchester City vs Newcastle United: Prediction
The Citizens have been super dominant in the most recent H2H ties with Newcastle at home and we expect them to continue such trend and pick up a comprehensive victory in front of the home crowd this Saturday.
Guardiola will insist on improving the defensive holes from the last weekend’s clash at Anfield and we will alternatively back Manchester City to keep a clean sheet at 1.72.
Manchester City vs Newcastle United: Bet Tips
Manchester City -2.5 handicap @ 2.05
Manchester City to keep a clean sheet @ 1.72.