After late drama in the Champions League, Manchester City must turn their focus back to matters closer to home as they face Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Read on to enjoy all of our favourite betting options ahead of this Sunday’s Premier League battle at the Etihad Stadium.
MANCHESTER CITY VS NEWCASTLE: BETTING TIPS
PREMIER LEAGUE FORM: W – W – W – L – W
Manchester City are recoiling from yet another disappointing campaign in the Champions League as they failed to make it past Real Madrid in the competitions’ semi-final round. After going a goal up on the night, it all seemed like smooth sailing for the English side before Madrid’s Rodrygo scored twice in the space of two minutes to level the tie and force extra time. In the 95th minute, Ruben Dias added to City’s problems when he fouled Benzema inside the penalty area, allowing the Frenchman to convert his 15th goal in the competition and take his side to the final in Paris.
City enjoy a point advantage over rivals Liverpool, which means that any slip-ups from either side might be fatal to their title aspirations. Pep will take great pride knowing that Newcastle are yet to register a win at the Etihad, and, without the need to concentrate on other competitions, he will be pushing his team to perform at their highest level. Manchester City can ill afford another disappointing result this weekend as a trophyless season might materialise.
After the mid-week disappointment, City will be adamant to bounce back and seal three points, and we are backing the home side to win to nil at 4/5 (1.80)
Riyad Mahrez took his chance against Real Madrid, thundering a vicious strike and is at 1/1 (2.00) to score again this weekend.
You can also get a handicap bet of -2 on Manchester City at 13/10 (2.30)
PREVIOUS GAME LINEUP: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Rodri, Gundogan, Sterling, Foden, Grealish and G.Jesus.
INJURIES OR SUSPENSIONS: Benjamin Mendy and John Stones
PREMIER LEAGUE FORM: L – W – W – W – W
After winning four in a row and elevating their position to 10th in the table, the Magpies fell to a narrow defeat against Liverpool last time out. Although they faced one of the best attacking forces on the planet, the match itself was a tightly contested affair, with Newcastle’s stalwart defence only cracking under the pressure a single time in 90 minutes.
This weekend, a similar test awaits the Magpies as they host league leaders Manchester City. The reverse fixture was a heavy defeat for Newcastle, 4-0, something Eddie Howe would like to avoid this time around. At the time, the English manager commented that he and the team knew of the quality difference between the sides but admitted that their performance was not up to par.
Matt Targett was mentioned as one of the bright sparks keeping the electrifying Luis Diaz at bay for most of the game.
A similar close encounter is valued at 33/20 (2.65) with under 2.5 goals scored.
January’s sensational signing Bruno Guimaraes is at 27/4 (7.75) to notch his name on the scoresheet at any time this Sunday.
PREVIOUS GAME LINEUP: Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett, Guimaraes, Shelvey, Willock, Almiron, Saint-Maximin and Joelinton
INJURIES OR SUSPENSIONS: Callum Wilson, Kieran Trippier, Schar, Hayden, Fraser and Jamal Lewis.
MANCHESTER CITY VS NEWCASTLE: BETTING ODDS
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*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing