A midweek round of Premier League fixtures sees reigning champions Manchester City on the road and on TV at Newcastle United this Tuesday (kick-off 20:00 GMT).
The transfer window has almost gone by without the relegation-threatened Magpies getting the squad reinforcements Rafa Benitez needs to be more competitive.
Fresh from being dumped out of the FA Cup at home to Watford, the Toon Army entertain Pep Guardiola’s City, who have been in freescoring form of late.
Newcastle have failed to find the net 10 times already across all competitions this term and now host the Premier League’s second meanest defence and best attack.
That makes the 36/40 best-price with BetVictor on a Man City win to nil look splendid value. The champs have scored 28 goals in their last six matches in league and cup – an average of almost five per game.
City have kept six consecutive clean sheets in those games too, so perhaps attack truly is the best form of defence.
Aguero a real thorn in Toon’s side
In Sergio Aguero, Guardiola has a striker that is particularly prolific against the Magpies. The Argentina frontman has scored 14 goals in 10 previous meetings – a career best haul.
Newcastle defences past and present simply haven’t been able to stop Aguero scoring, so expect the net to bulge once again here.
Supported by an attacking roster glittering with talent and ability – thanks to the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sane, Bernardo and David Silva, and Raheem Sterling – City can run riot on Tyneside.
After mustering just one shot on target in the FA Cup game with Watford, this is the last thing Benitez’s boys need with their heads barely above the Premier League drop zone.
The Magpies’ goals for column stands at 19 – the joint second lowest in the division – and they should be comprehensively outplayed by a City outfit looking to pile pressure on Liverpool in the title race.
Bet of the day: Man City to win to nil at 37/40 with BetVictor.