Manchester City is fresh off a surprising loss and while they’re a huge favorite in this spot, be careful not to jump to any conclusions.
With second place virtually guaranteed, Manchester City will take on Newcastle United at home on Wednesday. Man City is fresh off a surprising result so while they’re a huge favorite in this spot, be careful not to jump to any conclusions. Meanwhile, the Magpies strive for a placement in the top half of the table.
Manchester City Odds and News
After the former champions gave the newly-crowned champions a guard of honor, they proceeded to thrash said champions 4-0. However, they suffered a bit of a letdown right after as they went to an in-form Southampton team and promptly fell off their perch, losing 1-0. This adds to their mixed form of late, which includes losses to the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, as well as the recent defeat at the hands of the Saints. Despite this, the Sky Blues will be as motivated as ever to get back to winning ways and what better way to do it than up against a team they recently defeated in the FA Cup: Newcastle. The Citizens will also look to their squad quality to provide the finishing touch against the Magpies. The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Phil Phoden, who is currently in the best we’ve seen from him, will all be of great assistance to Pep Guardiola – even if Sergio Aguero is out. All in all, the Manchester side will be dying to get over their rocky form of late and this looks like a real layup. City is 12-2-2 at home while Newcastle is just 5-2-9 in away games. Only four teams have conceded more goals in away games than them.
Newcastle Odds and News
Newcastle United are in strong form when you consider their EPL play. While they did lose to upcoming opposition Manchester City recently, that was in the FA Cup. They are unbeaten in six Premier League games, a run of form which followed some embarrassing results – including a 4-0 thrashing by Arsenal and dropping points against relegation bound Norwich City. They have now taken twelve from a possible eighteen points, though, with emphatic victories like 4-1 against Bournemouth and 3-1 against Sheffield United. And while Manchester City have some menacing players, those such as Alan Saint-Maximin are showing their class for Newcastle at the minute. They will look to counter attack against the Citizens explosively, utilizing their pace to exploit City’s undoubted weaknesses in defense.
Overall, this seems like it will be a fantastic game. Newcastle, in tremendous form and we don’t know which Man City squad arrives. Man City has nothing to play for here and while Newcastle doesn’t either, that showing against Southampton has to be downright concerning before you think about laying -1024. That being the case, consider taking a flier on the draw.
Manchester City vs Newcastle Prediction:
Manchester City 3, Newcastle 3