This is a week that Newcastle United fans must be dreading. Two league games against Manchester City and Tottenham and the final days of the transfer window. Some league points and a major signing are their dream but it’s looking unlikely. They kick the week off with a home game against in-form and high-scoring Manchester City.
Newcastle United bowed out of the FA Cup on Saturday leaving them to concentrate on Premier League survival. They are a place and two points above the bottom three, thanks to their 3-0 home win over Cardiff City on January 19. That win ended a run of six league games without a win and they had lost three of the last four at home. The odds on Newcastle United winning this game are a hefty 16/1 (17.0) at Coral.
Manchester City had that bad patch in December but that seems ages ago now. They have stepped up a gear and won their last eight league and cup games with the goals flying in like they are going out of fashion..
They still trail Liverpool by four points so can’t afford any slip-ups here. It’s almost the lull before the storm because after this game, they have to take on Arsenal and Chelsea. Away from home, City have lost two league games this season but five of the last seven have ended in City victories. It’s not surprising they are only 2/9 (1.22) to get another league win over Newcastle.
Head to Head
It’s 14 years since Newcastle United last beat Manchester City in the Premier League. Such is the dominance City have over their opponents, 16 of the last 17 league games between these two sides have ended in a win for Manchester City. The other game was a home draw for Newcastle in 2016. If you believe City’s run of wins will be halted by a draw in this game, you can get 13/2 (7.5) at Betfair
Saloman Rondon is expected to return for Newcastle after being rested for the FA Cup tie against Watford. Ki Sung-Yeung has a hamstring injury and will miss this game. Manchester City are likely to be without Vincent Kompany, but Benjamin Mendy could make his return.
City Goal Spree
The goal scoring statistics for Manchester City are nothing less than frightening. They have already gone through the 100-goal mark for all games this season and it’s still only January. Sergio Aguero has scored in the last two games and he’s 10/11 (1.91) at Ladbrokes to score in this match.
Their last six games have produced 28 goals and one of those was only a 1-0 win at Burton Albion. Nine of their last ten games have had over 2.5 goals scored in them. The odds of a City win and over 2.5 goals in the game are 4/6 (1.66) at Ladbrokes.
Scoring still a Struggle for Newcastle
Newcastle United won their last home league game 3-0 but that’s a rare moment of goalscoring glory for the Magpies. They have only scored 19 league goals this season (City have scored more than that in their last five games) and just ten at home. Five of the last nine home league games have seen them fail to score and City are 8/11 at SkyBet to keep a clean sheet against Newcastle.
Manchester City look unstoppable at the moment, while Newcastle just keep on struggling. City keep on scoring but are strong at the back too with only seven away league goals conceded this season. A bet on Manchester City winning to nil is 5/6 (1.83) at Bet365.