Newcastle vs. Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

29 November 2019

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St James’ Park Premier League

Newcastle vs. Manchester City, Betting Tips and Previews

Manchester City need another win to not fall further behind in the league, whilst Newcastle are looking to steady the ship after a setback last weekend. The Citizens are looking solid, but need to keep up the run to catch up with high-flying Liverpool this season.

Past Meetings

The two sides have got a long history, but before the 2-1 win in the last season’s fixture at St James’ Park, Newcastle had been on a run of 22 games without a win in the Premier League against Manchester City. Matt Ritchie scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 80th minute, but unfortunately he’s out for this weekends fixture and the other goal scorer Salomon Rondon has moved to Chinese Super League and Dalian Yifang. Sergio Agüero scored an early goal for City against the Geordies last season, but also he will be missing this weekend.

Team News

Newcastle are still to be without Ritchie and got some bad news regarding Jamaal Lascelles earlies this month. The captain has to be replaced until the New Year, as he is out through an injury and Jonjo Shelvey has been given the captaincy and will lead the men out against The Citizens.

The injury list is just getting longer and longer for the reigning champions, who are set to also be without the prolific Argentinian goal scorer Aguero for this weeks fixture. They could also have to rest Rodri in the midfield and David Silva is also uncertain before the clash at Tyneside. Oleksandr Zinchenko, Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte remain out for the visitors.

Newcastle vs. Manchester City Preview and Predictions

The Citizens are doing everything thye can to keep up with league leaders Liverpool, but they currently find themselves at third place in the League, nine points behind the Reds and one point behind Leicester. The Newcastle match is the start of a very tough program for City, who have got a long list of physical problems going in to the busy schedule this December. After a setback against Liverpool, Pep Guardiola’s men bounced back against Chelsea last round and will be looking to keep up the good form and may be backed at 1.19 to win away from home this weekend.

The home side are 14.75 to secure three points against Pep Guardiola’s third-placed Citizens and may be backed at 7.25 to hold them to a draw.

An inconsistent run from the Magpies is still keeping them close to the relegation zone, with only five points down to Norwich City on 18th in the League. Newcastle are on a 2-1-2 in their last five games, but haven’t lost at home since Arsenal came to visit on August 11. They beat Manchester United 1-0, thanks to a strike from the youngest of the Longstaff brothers Matt, but they do have an issue also at St James’ Park. The lack of goals is a problem for Steve Bruce’s side and with only five goals from six home games, they are on a total of 11 goals in 13 games in the Premier League this season.

That kind of goal scoring form doesn’t scare a team like Manchester City, who will be looking to dominate their opponent also this weeken. After a convincing performance against Chelsea, where they struggled to get into gear early on, Pep Guardiola will make sure they are ready to go from the off in Newcastle.

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Man City to win to nil at 1.90

The away side are continuing to impress, but the opponents are getting stronger in the Premier League and they need to keep up heading towards the busy schedule. The weak and goal-shy home side will probably not give them too much trouble this weekend and it should be a comfortable win for the reigning champions.

Gabriel Jesus to score the first goal at 3.60

Aguero will most likely be absent against Newcastle, as Pep Guardiola expects him to be out for a few weeks after picking up a knock against Chelsea. Most likely making room for Gabriel Jesus to get a look at proving his value to the Spanish tactician. There are no lack of attacking talent though, and he might choose to play Raheem Sterling in a more central position.

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