Newcastle United v Manchester City Match Preview & Best Odds

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Newcastle United v Manchester City Match Preview & Best Odds

Kick-off: 5.30pm UK Time, Saturday 13th January 2024


With one game in hand over the two sides above them in the Premier League table, Manchester City will be aiming to narrow the gap between themselves and table-topping Liverpool when they face Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday evening.

Manchester City enjoyed a routine 5-0 win over Championship strugglers Huddersfield Town in their defence of the FA Cup they lifted last season, this win extending their unbeaten run across competitions to eight games. Ahead of their fourth round meeting with Tottenham Hotspur, Pep Guardiola’s men will be bidding to take a maximum points haul on Tyneside this weekend and narrow the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Liverpool who sit five points clear of City as things stand, having played one game more. The Citizens have scored more goals (98), won more matches (30) and managed a greater number of clean sheets (22) against weekend opponents Newcastle than any other Premier League opponent, however this won’t be a walk for the visitors.

Newcastle United ended a three-game losing run when thumping arch-rivals Sunderland to the tune of 3-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday, Eddie Howe naming a string starting eleven for this local derby. Their last meeting with Manchester City was in the EFL Cup where the Magpies edged the contest 1-0, however their overall head-to-head record with City makes for grim reading with 26 defeats and just a single win in the 32 Premier League meetings between the sides.

With the Magpies having lost nine games already whilst in league action this season (four more than the total for the whole of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign), they cannot afford any more slip-ups should they wish to remain in with a chance of securing European qualification for next term. Nevertheless, City have found their groove right now and with a few key players returning to the ranks, we envisage the defending Premier League champions taking the spoils in the North East.


Back Man City to win and both teams to score at best odds of 2/1