Manchester City vs. Newcastle: Premier League
Venue: Etihad Stadium – Saturday, February 21st – 17:30PM (12:30PM ET)
Match Odds: Manchester City 2/7 – Draw 9/2 – Newcastle 9/1
Newcastle United travel to Manchester City on Saturday evening as major underdogs as they look to end a worrying streak of 16 straight Premier League games without a win against the reigning champions.
City ended a poor streak of their own last time out as they beat Stoke 4-1 to end a winless run of four in the league and need to continue winning matches if they are to have any chance of catching Chelsea at the top of the table.
Manuel Pellegrini is boosted by the return of Yaya Toure to the side as well as new signing Wilfried Bony after the pair won the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast earlier this month.
Bony is in line to make his City debut as Sergio Aguero is facing a battle to be fit in time after he picked up a back injury in the win at Stoke two weeks ago.
Manchester City’s home record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 7 – Drawn 3 – Lost 2
Newcastle are unbeaten in three in the league now but travel to City with a long list of injuries. Cheick Tiote could be out of action until April and joins Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Steven Taylor, Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor on the sidelines.
John Carver has Newcastle playing some better football but it will take a lot for them leave Manchester with at least a point this weekend.
The Magpies will look to their most recent meeting with City for confidence though as they beat them 2-0 at the Etihad back in October in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.
Newcastle United’s away record in the Premier League: Played 13 – Won 3 – Drawn 4 – Lost 6
It’s a very different story in the league though as Newcastle have been beaten in the last ten meetings between the two sides and haven’t won a league game at Manchester City in 15 years.
Manchester City’s last five in the Premier League: D/L/D/D/W
Newcastle’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/W/D/D
Key Stat: Manchester City have won their last nine games in all competitions when Yaya Toure has started the game.
Key Player: Moussa Sissoko – The Newcastle midfielder will need to try and keep Toure quiet and Sissoko can be a real threat himself, as he proved by scoring at the Etihad in October’s cup win.
Score Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle – City need this more and will be too strong for the Magpies.