Billy Greenall (@BillyGreenall) previews Man City v Newcastle United and provides us with his best bets for Saturday's late kick off in the Premier League, analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Man City v Newcastle Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 01/09/2018
- Time: 17:30
- Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
- Channel: BT Sports One
Manchester City and Newcastle come head to head in the Premier League's late kick off on Saturday, with both sides on the hunt for points following disappointing results last weekend.
The champions visit to Wolves ended in a 1-1 draw following a high-paced and competitive encounter. Premier League new boys Wolves made life difficult for City, they were organised and solid but remained a threat on the break with their quick passing out from midfield, an approach not many teams have taken against City before. Guardiola's side still had their chances though, hitting the woodwork three times and also being denied a stonewall penalty on David Silva, something referee Martin Atkinson somehow missed. The handball involved in Wolves opener was also missed, though this was a much less obvious decision to be fair to the officials. All of that aside, the courage and determination of the home side meant they were good value for the point and City must now regroup in time for this weekend's visit of Newcastle.
The Toon enter the game still searching for their first victory of the season. Two home ties against Spurs and Chelsea ended in defeat, while their trip to Cardiff ended in bitter disappointment following a last minute penalty miss from Kenedy, that game ending 0-0. A trip to the home of the Champions doesn't make things any easier for Benitez, who suffered more criticism following a midweek league cup defeat away to Nottingham Forest, a side also struggling for form in the Championship. A lack of investment continues to frustrate both the manager and the fans at Newcastle, a club that many would argue deserve be knocking on Europe's door given their size and following. I personally feel a degree of sentiment for their fans, who last season were certainly the loudest and most boisterous to visit the Etihad stadium out of the 19 Premier League teams, by some distance too. An injection of financial clout is all that separates them from the big boys in the league for me and I do hope their luck changes in the near future.
However, with their current situation, squad and form I can't see anything other than a return to winning ways for Manchester City this weekend, anything else would certainly be a huge surprise.
Danilo and Mangala remain sidelined alongside Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo.
Lascalles could return. Shelvey, Hayden and Lejuene all remain sidelines. Rondon and Ritchie are both expected to start.
Man City Potential Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero
Newcastle Potential Starting XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascalles, Clark, Dummet, Diame, Ki, Ritchie, Kenedy, Rondon
Stats & Facts
- City are unbeaten in their last 21 league meetings against Newcastle (W18 D3).
- This fixture finished 3-1 to Manchester City last season.
- Sergio Aguero has scored 14 goals in 11 games against the Magpies.
Head To Head
Man City 67 – D 39 – Newcastle – 71
Man City 1/9 – D 10/1 – Newcastle 22/1 (Sky Bet)
It's difficult to find value in City at home with their superiority against teams outside the top 6. For me a couple of goals either side of half time to give them the lead at both half/full time seems viable. I can see Newcastle nicking a goal like Huddersfield did, but I doubt it will be of much significance. Sergio Aguero hat trick seems good value too, he's looking super sharp and loves playing against Newcastle.