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Che Adams’ first Premier League goal was worth the wait as his 40-yard lob was the difference between Southampton and Man City on the weekend.
That defeat means Pep Guardiola’s side have now lost three consecutive away league games for the first time in his managerial career, so there may be some rethinking to do ahead of next season.
Their home form is quite the opposite however as they’ve gone W12-D2-L2 at the Etihad this season, winning each of their last four by an aggregate 14-0, which included a 4-0 routing of new champions Liverpool.
Newcastle have found some form of their own since the restart and are now unbeaten in six. It should be noted that Sheffield United and Burnley are the hardest sides they’ve faced during this run, having faced three of the bottom five in their most recent three fixtures.
There was a 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Man City themselves in that run, though in fairness to the Magpies Steve Bruce fielded more of a second team than Pep Guardiola did in that clash.
This fixture has been competitive in recent times, with the Tyneside club going W1-D2-L3 in league fixtures dating back to April 2016.
However, all five of those points were picked up at St James’ park and we can’t see them wreaking too much havoc here considering the Citizens home form.
Manchester City To Win And Both Teams To Score
Nemanja Matic’s League Cup goal here at the end of January is the only one that Man City have conceded in their last six home matches, though with Newcastle’s goalscoring form at the moment we wouldn’t want to back the shutout.
Indeed, only Man United, Chelsea and Man City themselves have plundered more goals than the Magpies over the last six matches.
Although we can see City being ruthless as they look to get back to winning ways, they regularly look susceptible to conceding goals.
They’ll have to contend with the pace of Miguel Almiron and the fast feet of Allan Saint-Maximin here, so the win with both teams to register looks to be the best bet in this fixture.
Sergio Aguero remains out for this fixture and unless Guardiola opts for another false nine like he did in their defeat to Chelsea, Gabriel Jesus would be one of the most likely starters here in an ever-changing City line-up.
While obviously a talented forward, he’s not managed to find the net in any of his three starts since Aguero’s injury, and hasn’t scored in any of his last nine appearances, so we’ll ignore him for the goalscorer here.