Man City vs New castle Preview
Manchester City are set to play Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday in the English Premier League.
Manchester City come into this game on the back of a 3-0 win over Nigel Pearson’s Bristol City in the fifth round of the FA Cup. A second-half brace from attacker Phil Foden and a goal from Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne secured the win for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Man City currently boast the best home record in this season’s Premier League, accumulating 31 points from a possible 36 available, with a 2-1 defeat to Brentford and a 1-1 draw with Everton the only blots on their copybook. The Citizens have also scored a total of 41 league goals on home soil so far this term, more than any other team in England’s top-four divisions.
Man City on League
Manchester City are second in the league table, five points behind league leaders Arsenal. While they are still one of the best sides in Europe, Manchester City have not been their dominant best this season; despite Erling Haaland scoring goals for fun, the overall results have been inconsistent compared to the club’s levels in previous seasons.
Many still think Pep Guardiola‘s men will lift the Premier League trophy at the end of this season, but the fact that Arsenal, and to a lesser extent, Manchester United, still remain in the hunt, shows that Manchester City’s overall quality has slightly dropped this season.
Guardiola’s side should have few problems finding the net against Newcastle, as they have scored in each of their previous 28 league meetings with the Magpies, but keeping the ball out of the net could prove challenging having kept just three clean sheets in their last 16 top-flight matches, a surprisingly poor run of form on the defensive front that needs to be addressed if they wish to close down Arsenal at the summit.
New castle Journey on League
Newcastle have recently slipped out of the top four following a run of just one win in their last seven Premier League matches, and they are now tasked with ending a four-game winless run with a trip to Man City, a fixture that Howe has labelled as the “most difficult in the football calendar”.
Newcastle supporters have had plenty to cheer about this season and the Toon Army were in full voice as their side took to the Wembley pitch for the first time since 1999 for Sunday’s EFL Cup final.
Newcastle United, on the other hand, lost 2-0 to Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United in the final of the EFL Cup. First-half goals from Brazilian midfielder Casemiro and forward Marcus Rashford sealed the win for Manchester United.
Newcastle United, on the other hand, are fifth in the league, 14 points behind Manchester City, who have played two games more. Newcastle United have been one of the best sides in the league this season, and credit must be given to Eddie Howe for the work he has done with the squad.
After Newcastle United came under new ownership, there were wild rumors about the club signing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe among other such names. While such signings were surely never on the cards, the club have not hesitated to spend money, but credit has to be given to the sensible nature of their spending. The likes of Bruno Guimaraes, Alexander Isak and Sven Botman did not come cheap, but have improved the club’s fortunes almost immediately.
Man City vs New Castle Preview and Head to head
In 27 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Manchester City have won 22 games, lost two and drawn three.
Norwegian striker Erling Haaland has scored 27 league goals in 23 starts this season for Manchester City.
Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has 12 assists in 21 league starts for Manchester City this season.
Paraguayan attacker Miguel Almiron has 10 goals in 23 league starts for Newcastle United this season.
Striker Callum Wilson has 10 goal contributions in 14 league starts for Newcastle United so far.