Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City look to continue their hunt for a quadruple of trophies this season with a trip to Tyneside to face Newcastle United this Tuesday evening. The Toon were knocked out of the FA Cup by Watford at the weekend, but they head into this game looking for back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since November.
City, though, after their blip over the Christmas period, are back to their imperious best. They hammered Burnley 5-0 in the FA Cup fourth round at the weekend, and also sealed their place in the League Cup final last week with a convincing two-leg win over Burton Albion. If they win at St James’ Park on Tuesday evening, it will be City’s fifth consecutive Premier League win. It would also take them to within a point of league leaders Liverpool, who play Leicester City at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Newcastle United vs Manchester City Prediction: Magpies 0-3 City
Our prediction for this game is that City will win in convincing style. Newcastle are a pretty limited side in many ways, with Rafael Benitez adopting a typically cautious style with the tactics and formations that he uses. That means it is likely that the Magpies will set up to frustrate City and limit the damage, rather than go all out to win. City have plenty of attacking quality, though, and anticipate that they will break down an obdurate Newcastle side in the end. The goals may come late, but they will come, and City will win the game 3-0.
Our recommended tip: Manchester City to win 3-0
Our featured tip for this game comes courtesy of Coral. They are offering odds of 6/1 on City winning the game 3-0, which matches our prediction perfectly. Odds of 6/1 are pretty low when it comes to a team winning by such a convincing margin, so the bookies clearly expect City to dominate proceedings on Tuesday evening on Tyneside. Guardiola’s team have so much attacking power that it looks almost impossible for Newcastle to resist them. We expect the Toon to frustrate City for much of the game, but eventually the dam will break.
These two sides have met on a total of 37 occasions in the Premier League. Newcastle have won just seven of those games, and there have been seven draws. Six of those seven victories have come at home, while City have beaten the Toon nine times on Tyneside.
The most recent meeting between the teams was at the Etihad Stadium back on September 1. City won 2-1 that day, with their goals coming from Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker. DeAndre Yedlin scored the Toon’s goal. Last season, City won both Premier League encounters between the teams.
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Players to watch: Matt Ritchie & Leroy Sane
Scotland international winger Matt Ritchie is Newcastle’s leading provider of assists this season. The fact that he has provided just four in his 21 Premier League appearances this season shows how limited Newcastle have been in attack during this campaign. Ritchie lined up at left wing back in a 5-4-1 formation against Watford in the FA Cup defeat at the weekend. If Benitez, as expected, adopts a similar formation against City, Ritchie will have plenty of defending to do.
City’s German winger Leroy Sane continues to impress observers with his all-round attacking quality this season. The forward is now his team’s leading provider of assists this season, having provided nine in his 21 Premier League appearances. As well as helping others score goals, Sane has also weighed in with eight league goals of his own during this campaign. He has also played an average of 31.14 passes per match, highlighting just how often he is in possession.