A 7-0 victory over Leeds on Tuesday cemented Man City’s place at the top of the table, and also drastically improved their goal difference so now they’re in the mix with Liverpool and Chelsea in that regard.
Kevin de Bruyne was back to his very best in that game, while Jack Grealish also put in arguably his best performance in a City shirt, so it’s all looking up here for Pep Guardiola’s men who enter this off the back of seven successive league wins.
Eddie Howe’s men got off to a blistering start away at Anfield when Jonjo Shelvey’s strike found the bottom corner, though a quickfire Liverpool double restored normal service and resigned Newcastle to successive defeats, and it doesn’t get any easier here against the league leaders.
Despite being second bottom in the league, the Magpies are actually unbeaten from their eight matches against current bottom-half opponents this season, though while that may be a surprising statistic, it won’t do them any good here as they’ve lost all nine other matches against sides in the top-half. It would be incredibly shocking if City didn’t make that a clean sweep.
Man City To Win An Both Teams To Score
While City have been impressive both home and away, their defensive record is superior on home soil.
Indeed, they’ve kept clean sheets in seven of their nine outings at the Etihad, but on the road they’ve only kept their hosts out in three games.
Only against Chelsea have Newcastle failed to score at St James’ Park this season, and that leaves the both teams to score market looking like great value on this occasion, even if the result does fall the way of the visitors as expected.
That’s even more the case when considering the citizens will be without both first choice full-backs for this outing, with Kyle Walker battling illness and Joao Cancelo now suspended having accumulated too many yellows.
It’s also likely that Bernardo Silva won’t be risked here having picked up a muscular niggle, though the return of Kevin de Bruyne morethan covers for that.
Newcastle have gone W1-D1-L1 at home against Pep Guardiola’s side over the last three seasons, scoring at least twice in each outing with City edging this fixture last season in a seven-goal thriller.
We wouldn’t expect the same again, though with very few absentees for the hosts as it stands, we’d expect them do get on the scoresheet in front of their own fans.
MAN CITY TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE