Manchester City’s incredible unbeaten run is finally over. After threatening to avoid defeat for the entire campaign, Pep Guardiola’s men came unstuck against Liverpool as the Reds put four past City’s hapless defence in front of a jubilant Anfield crowd. But that was then and this is now – and City will be keen to get back to winning ways in style this weekend.
Newcastle United are in disarray. With just two wins in their previous 14 Premier League games, Rafa Benitez’s men are struggling and Magpies fans are looking nervously at the relegation battle below. It looks like the proposed takeover of the club is now OFF and there is a very dissatisfied atmosphere at St James’ Park. This one could get ugly for the visitors…
City Will Be Licking Wounds After Liverpool Defeat
The Blues were off colour at Anfield but still showed plenty of quality at the attacking end of the field, scoring three goals away from home for the sixth time this season. That particular defeat shouldn’t really affect City as they prepare for the visit of Newcastle, in fact it could even spur the Blues on as they look to make amends.
With 13 goals in 18 games this season, Sergio Aguero could be the thorn in Newcastle’s side once again. The Argentina star has bagged 11 goals in 11 fixtures against the Magpies and is a 21/10 shot to open the scoring on Saturday. The visitors have conceded 11 goals in their last two trips to the Etihad and stopping Aguero will be one of Benitez’s primary objectives.
Newcastle Need To Spend This Month – FACT
Mike Ashley, take note. Reports suggest that Benitez, currently 8/1 to be the next top-flight manager to leave his position, is not happy with the Newcastle owner and investing in January could be the difference between safety and relegation. Newcastle will be hoping that lady luck is on their side when they travel down to Manchester on Saturday night...
For Newcastle, this one is all about damage limitation. The Magpies were criticised for their defensive performance in December’s return fixture but they almost pulled it off – it will be much tougher this time around though. With City expected to dominate from start to finish, Ciaran Clark at 11/5 to be carded is a reasonable price.
As previously mentioned, City should have enough attacking quality to put Newcastle to the sword here. Benitez will be demanding transfer funds and Ashley has no choice but to co-operate. In the return fixture, Newcastle defended resolutely and restricted City to one goal and the Magpies may try and do the same here.
On home soil, the Premier League leaders should create plenty of chances and Newcastle may be in for a thrashing. The 27/20 available for City to score over 3.5 goals is an excellent price, Aguero and co can fire the Blues to another convincing triumph in front of the Etihad Stadium faithful.
TIP: Manchester City to score four or more goals @ 27/20
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*