Newcastle v Manchester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Newcastle v Manchester City

Premier League: Tue, 29/01  Stadium: St James’ Park

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Bet365 are offering 4/7 on a -1 goals handicap for City, which means they must win by two goals or more. Although the champions have been in fine goalscoring form, Newcastle do seem to be able to blunt the attacks of the big teams. We feel that City will win by more than two goals, but betting on a higher increment could be a riskier bet. -2 goal handicap however is available at over evens (7/5) if the punter feels that City will continue their form in front of goal.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Newcastle welcome the champions to St James’ Park, knowing their opponents have won their last eight games in all competitions. If that wasn’t daunting enough, City have scored 33 goals in that time at an average of over four goals a game, which is likely to lead to a very long evening for the Magpies.

 

Newcastle lost their FA Cup tie against fellow Premier League rivals Watford, with goals from Andre Gray and Isaac Success allowing Watford to run out 2-0 winners. This however allows Rafa’s men to focus fully on Premier League survival, despite the uncertainty of owner Mike Ashley’s future at the club and his tight rein on the purse strings in the meantime. The team has only managed one win in their last nine games in all competitions, although this was in their last Premier League game and was a convincing 3-0 win against fellow strugglers Cardiff.

 

City on the other hand come in to this game after mauling Burnley 5-0 in the Cup and looking like they are back to their full-flowing best, despite a wobble when they lost two Premier League games on the bounce against Crystal Palace and Leicester. With Liverpool due to play on the Wednesday, City will be keen to ensure that The Reds enter their game with just a one point gap and the added pressure of knowing they cannot slip up by winning against Newcastle.

 

Rafa Benitez is expected to make wholesale changes to his team, having left out various first team regulars in the cup loss to Watford. The likes of Salomon Rondon, Ayoze Perez, Christian Atsu and Fabian Schar should all return to bolster the Newcastle ranks. Ki Sung-Yeung remains the only injury concern for Rafa.

 

Pep Guardiola seems to have multiple options for every position and despite the news that captain Vincent Kompany is injured again, the option to call back someone with the quality of Aymeric Laporte means that City will remain formidable in defence if he lines up alongside John Stones. Attacking wingers Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling were left out of the starting lineup along with playmaker David Silva, but all three will be vying for a starting berth when the Premier League resumes on Tuesday.

 

The last time Newcastle tasted victory against City was almost five years ago, and even that came in a League Cup game. The Magpie’s in fact haven’t defeated City in the league since 2005 and won’t be confident of setting that record straight on Tuesday. The reverse fixture earlier in the season saw Newcastle put in a great display away at City, stifling their opponents and having their share of success. However a first goal for Kyle Walker saw the champions edge out a 2-1 victory, so there will be some optimism for Rafa heading in to this game.

 

Although it is difficult to envision any other result than a City victory, it may not be a straightforward affair for the champions. In the past couple of seasons, Newcastle have always remained in the game against City and Rafa has been known to set up to get men behind the ball when playing the bigger teams.

Bet365 are offering 4/7 on a -1 goals handicap for City, which means they must win by two goals or more. Although the champions have been in fine goalscoring form, Newcastle do seem to be able to blunt the attacks of the big teams. We feel that City will win by more than two goals, but betting on a higher increment could be a riskier bet. -2 goal handicap however is available at over evens (7/5) if the punter feels that City will continue their form in front of goal.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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