Saturday’s Premier League action gets underway at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City and Newcastle United go head-to-head in an enticing fixture.
Pep Guardiola fielded a second-string line-up in a midweek FA Cup trip to second-tier Bristol City, but it didn’t prevent the Cityzens from picking up a landslide 3-0 victory.
Back to Premier League duties, Man City will be looking to build on last weekend’s 4-1 thumping of Bournemouth and tighten the noose on table-topping Arsenal.
Unbeaten in their last four league outings (W3, D1) since a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, the back-to-back champions start this round five points adrift of the Gunners.
Newcastle’s bid to secure a first top-four finish in the Premier League since 2002/03 has run out of steam, with Eddie Howe’s team going winless in their last four league matches (D3, L1).
Last weekend’s 2-0 loss to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final added insult to injury as the Magpies make this trip seeking their first competitive win since January.
The Etihad has been an intimidating environment for visiting ties, with Man City racking up an eye-catching 14 triumphs in their last 16 Premier League games on home turf (D1, L1).
But after an action-packed 3-3 draw at St James’ Park in the reverse fixture, the Cityzens could fail to beat Newcastle in both seasonal meetings in the top flight for the first time since 2004/05.
Given the Magpies’ growing scoring problems, Saturday could be a landmark day for City goalkeeper Ederson, who’s targetting his 100th clean sheet in the Premier League.
Conceding first would significantly derail Newcastle’s hopes of staging an upset in Manchester, as they’ve gone winless in all five league contests after shipping the opening goal this term (D4, L1).
Howe’s side are unlikely to be fazed about their hosts’ stature, safe in the knowledge they’ve not lost any of their last eight away matches in the Premier League (W4, D4).
The Magpies have lost each of their last 13 top-flight visits to Man City, including an embarrassing 5-0 loss in this corresponding match-up in 2021/22.
Manchester City vs Newcastle United Potential Line-ups
Manchester City (3-2-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte; Gundogan, Rodri; Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Foden; Haaland.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Murphy, Isak, Saint-Maximin.
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Manchester City vs Newcastle United Prediction
We back Man City to take advantage of Newcastle’s freefall and tighten the grip on the summit.
Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle United
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