STAR PREVIEW: Newcastle v Man City

Football fans have the big treat of midweek Premier League action after a bumper FA Cup fourth round, and tonight’s clash is a tale of two sides heading in very different directions.

Without investment, Newcastle are once again in danger of relegation. Since their Christmas blip, Manchester City cannot do anything wrong and are hot on the heels of Liverpool whilst also still in the hunt for all four trophies.

There isn’t much that the hosts can do without more investment from Mike Ashley, who has frustrated locals so much that Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah led a Parliamentary debate calling for better regulation of the club, and a Government Minister actually responded in midweek. Their recent Premier League game saw a much needed 3-0 win – thanks to a Fabian Schar double – with one of the brightest performances seen at St James’ Park in months, but that came against Cardiff, who are one place below them.

It was a positive moment for the Magpies but Rafael Benitez’s team have already lost eight times in the league this season including defeats to seven of the eight clubs to visit them currently residing in the top half of the League.

Pep Guardiola’s men have been busy in recent weeks but they’ve not had to get out of second gear to reach the Carabao Cup final or to get past Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round, and with a healthy amount of rotation.

But whatever side turns up, one would expect title chasing City to have the firepower to get past Newcastle, who have often avoided embarrassment by sitting deep when visiting teams come to play. With Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane all firing and the two Silvas on the bench, they ought to find a way of heaping pressure on Liverpool.

Newcastle United v Man City
Premier League
20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
SEP 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-1 Newcastle United
JAN 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle United
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester City
APR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle United 1-1 Manchester City
OCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle United
FEB 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United
OCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 0-2 Newcastle United
AUG 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City
JAN 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City
OCT 2013 CAPITAL ONE CUP Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City
AUG 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-0 Newcastle United

City have scored ‘just’ 22 goals away from home compared to 40 at the Etihad but they have beaten a two goal handicap on the four occasions they’ve played bottom half sides on the road. That leads one to think the 2-0 and 3-0 correct scores might be the play. Those who are looking for a safer bet might want to play City on the Half Time/Full Time board – they’ve led at half time in their last eight wins.

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