Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, EnglandWhen: Saturday, August 19, 9 pm CET
City had a busy week traveling to Athens to play in the UEFA Super Cup, and they now have another very big challenge coming up. The new power in the English Premier League, Newcastle, comes to town, riding a massive swing following an excellent performance in the opening round. We might see these two teams battling for the title this year, and even though the Magpies didn’t announce their ambitions publicly, the are among the best teams in the Premiership.
Manchester City vs. Newcastle Preview
The Citizens have a big rotation, and their players got used to playing on a tight schedule, so a trip to Greece won’t leave too many consequences to the team’s energy bar. But, Kevin de Bruyne’s absence might cause some issues. It seems that the Belgian didn’t heal his hamstring properly, which he re-injured against Burnley. He now faces another pause.
That would be fine for Guardiola if he had Ilkay Gundogan, but the German left the team. Mateo Kovacic now needs to learn fast, because most of the midfield tasks would fall in his lap now.
A big plus for the Citizens is the fact that Haaland looks good. The Norwegian can cover up all the problems in the offense, because of his unreal individual attributes.
Eddie Howe’s boys began the season with a blast against Aston Villa, beating one of their direct rivals for the top-four place 5-1. It was one of the best performances the Magpies had under this manager.
Counting in the preseason, this was the eighth consecutive event for Newcastle in which they haven’t lost, winning six times and having two draws, one of them against Villa. Howe’s crew has been extremely efficient throughout this stretch, netting at least twice in each but one contest.
All the lines in the team are working great. The defense still needs to improve to reach last year’s standards, but overall, they look well too.
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Manchester City and Newcastle Possible Lineups
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Alves Dias, Ake, Rodri, Gundogan, Foden, De Bruyne, Grealish, Haaland
Newcastle United: Pope; Trippier, Botman, Schar, Burn; Tonali, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Almiron, Isak, Barnes
Manchester City vs. Newcastle Head to Head
Last year’s meeting at the Etihad saw the home unit winning 2-0. The first clash of the season, up north in Newcastle, ended 3-3. Four of the previous five direct meetings have been with at least four hits.
Manchester City vs. Newcastle Predictions
This will be a very interesting battle between two extremely formidable teams. Newcastle plays a bit faster football than in the previous year, allowing more goals but scoring more frequently as well. City’s game is the same, though we do consider De Bruyne’s absence a major handicap. Our pick here is for both teams to score, as we expect a highly entertaining event between two excellent attacks.
Our verdict: Both teams to score
Manchester City versus Newcastle Odds
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