Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Manchester City 

Venue: St James’ Park – Tuesday, April 19 – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Newcastle 9/2 – Draw 3/1 – Man City 3/5

Match Preview

Newcastle host Manchester City in an enormous Premier League clash between two sides at either end of the table on Tuesday night.

The Magpies sit 19th coming into the game but gave their survival hopes a huge boost on Saturday as they beat Swansea 3-0 at home. They now sit three points behind Norwich and have to try and take at least a point from this game in hand.

The worry for Newcastle fans will be that City are the one team they wouldn’t want to face, even if they are at home. The Toon Army have a horrendous record against City and have now lost 12 consecutive Premier League games against them.

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A 13th-straight loss here would do little to help the Magpies climb out of the bottom three but Rafa Benitez will hope he can inspire his players to pick up what would be a magical win in front of the home crowd on Tuesday.

City travel to St James’ Park in great shape. They are in the semifinals of the Champions League and come into this game off the back of a 3-0 win at Chelsea – their third-straight league vicory.

Manuel Pellegrini only has a few games left in charge of the club but will be looking for his 100th win as City boss in all competitions here.

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City are still battling to cement a place in the top four. They sit third heading into the game, four points ahead of Manchester United in fifth and know three points here would give their chances another major boost.

The reverse fixture saw Newcastle destroyed 6-1 at the Etihad, with Sergio Aguero netting five goals. City haven’t lost to Newcastle in 18 consecutive top flight games and haven’t lost at St James’ Park in 11 years.

Team News

Newcastle still have a huge injury list to deal with as they fight for survival. Nine players are sidelined as Tim Krul, Ivan Toney, Massadio Haidara, Curtis Good, Rob Elliot, Kevin Mbabu, Fabricio Coloccini, Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor all remain injured.

Samir Nasri will miss out here for Manchester City after picking up a knock against Chelsea. David Silva is close to returning and might be fit enough to start here, while Raheem Sterling, Vincent Kompany and Gael Clichy are also close to returning.

Key Points

Newcastle’s last five: L/D/L/L/W

Manchester City’s last five: D/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: Newcastle are winless against Manchester City in 18 consecutive Premier League games, losing the last 12 in a row.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The City star netted a hat-trick in the weekend win over Chelsea and destroyed Newcastle in the reverse fixture by scoring five in the 6-1 win. Aguero now has ten goals in eight league appearances against the Magpies. If he’s in the mood, Newcastle stand little chance.

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Score Prediction

Newcastle 1-3 Manchester City – This is an enormous game for Newcastle as they look to make the most of their game in hand over Norwich. However, City will arrive in high spirits and will likely prove too strong for the hosts yet again. The Magpies should find the net, and depending on how early they do so, might stand a chance, but City are a lot stronger and should seal three points here.

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Will Manchester City hang on to secure a top four finish in the Premier League?

Manchester City are enduring a rough patch of Premier League form with just one win from their last six domestic outings and with some key games coming up, are they at risk of finishing outside of the top four? Lewis Addley explores…

The Premier League title race looks all but out of Manchester City‘s reach now as they trail leaders Leicester City by a huge 15 points. Recent form has seen City pick up just four points in their last six games and they are struggling to hold onto fourth place, let alone challenge at the summit.

After another poor performance at the weekend in their 1-0 loss against rivals Manchester United the gap has narrowed even more. They are now in the uncomfortable position of having to look over their shoulders at the chasing pack of Champions League hunters – fuelling talk among fans and pundits alike that they could slip out of the top four.

Current Premier League top six standings

Current Premier League standings – top six 

As we can see City are just two points ahead of West Ham United and Manchester United as we enter the international break. Over the previous six games City have dropped from second place to fourth and the gap has closed between them and fifth place by six points.

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When looking at Manchester City’s remaining league fixtures, a fair argument could be made that they have to deal with one of the trickiest run-ins out of any club.

Manchester City's remaining fixtures and previous league results

Manchester City’s remaining Premier League fixtures and corresponding results

By using the theory of mirroring their previous results this season against the sides they face in the run-in, Manchester City would finish this season on 69 points, picking up six more wins and adding 18 points to their current tally of 51.

While we aren’t suggesting those results will mirror exactly, it does give some good grounding to provide a potential final league points tally for City.

Wedged within these fixtures are City’s two season-defining ties against Paris Saint-Germain in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, so the pressure will be on Manuel Pellegrini to ensure his squad priority is right when resting players for those games.

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So lets have a look at how this potential tally of 69 points compares to the number of points required to finish in the top four over the last five Premier League campaigns.

Points required to finish in the top four in the last five seasons

Points required to finish in the top four – last five seasons

As we can see, over the last three seasons 69 points would not have been enough to finish in the top four, but it would have secured Champions League football in the 2010/11 and 2011/2012 seasons.

City fans will be concerned about their league position as they will not want to be without Champions League football next season, especially with the imminent arrival of new boss Pep Guardiola. Playing in Europe’s top competition can certainly influence potential transfers and with a squad overhaul expected to take place, Guardiola will want to be able to lure some of the world’s top talents to the Etihad Stadium.

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It’s now time for the current City squad to step up and prove any doubters wrong by winning as many of their remaining fixtures as possible to ensure they finish in the top four. They do also have the potential pathway into the Champions League by winning the competition this term as they head towards that huge quarterfinal tie against PSG.

City have finished in the top three of the Premier League in each of the past five seasons and lifted the title at the end of the 2011/12 and 2013/14 campaigns.

Do you think Manchester City will finish in the top four this season?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Manchester United

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Sunday, March 20 – 16:00 GMT (12:00 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester City 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester United 7/2

Match Preview

The biggest Premier League game of the weekend sees Manchester City take on Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in a tie which could have huge bearings on the race for Champions League football.

Manchester City’s title challenge has gone off the boil and they now look like a side who could even struggle to make the top four, let alone compete at the summit.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have fallen off the pace in recent weeks and are now sitting in fourth place, only two points ahead of West Ham United in 5th. This is a massive game for the Citizens, as a loss to their bitter rivals would leave the sides separated by just one point.

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City come into the game off the back of their 0-0 draw in the Champions League midweek, which was enough to see them advance to the quarter finals of the competition for the first time in their history.

Their last tie outing in the league was the disappointing draw against strugglers Norwich City, a game Pellegrini would have been expecting his side to take all three points in, but an average performance cost them.

Manchester United are still chasing the top four. They currently sit sixth in the table and inconsistent form has been a contributing factor as to why they are in the position of chasing a top four finish, rather than competing for the title.

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Louis Van Gaal’s side were knocked out of the Europa League midweek by Liverpool and will look to bounce back here. A top four finish is not beyond them and given the nature of this unpredictable Premier League season no club can be written off.

The worry for United will be that they have only won one of their last eight away games in the top flight. City have the second-best home record in the division and leaving with three points would be a huge achievement for Van Gaal as his players.

The reverse fixture ended 0-0 at Old Trafford and so hopefully there are more goals on display this time around.

Team News

Manchester City still have some key faces missing from their squad. Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri are all expected to miss out while Nicolas Otamendi is a doubt.

Manchester United’s squad is also riddled with injuries. Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Wayen Rooney and Will Keane are all out, while Ander Herrera is a doubt.

Key Points

Manchester City’s last five: L/L/L/W/D

Manchester United’s last five: D/L/W/W/L

Key Stat: Manchester City have won six of the last ten meeting between these two sides in all competitions.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – City’s talisman will need to drive them to win all of their remaining league games if they are to have any chance of winning the title now. He has 16 goals this season and will hope to add to that tally against City’s great rivals.

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Score Prediction

Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United – City to have too much for United and overpower them in the Manchester Derby this weekend. Both of these sides are out of form so it will be a close tie which will perhaps lack the quality we have become so accustom to for a game of this magnitude.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Leicester City

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Leicester City

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Saturday, February 6 – 12:45 GMT (07:45 ET) 

Match Odds: Man City 4/7 – Draw 16/5 – Leicester City 9/2

Match Preview

Manchester City welcome Premier League leaders Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium in the first game of the weekend.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been in a great run of form and are unbeaten in their last seven in the league. This is a huge tie which they desperately need to take all three points from to ensure they are in the strongest position possible to regain the title.

Manchester City have not lost in their last nine outings against Leicester in all competitions and haven’t conceded a goal in the last three meetings between the sides.

The Manchester giants come into this one off the back of their hard earned 1-0 away win over Sunderland, a great example of their resilience and proof they are more than capable of grinding out results.

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Leicester City are continuing to fly high and are three points clear of Manchester City at the top of the league coming into this one.

They won convincingly last time out against Liverpool with Jamie Vardy scoring that unforgettable screamer and have scored five goals in their last two games.

Claudio Ranieri’s side are unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 away Premier League games and are more than capable of making this a really tough tie for Manchester City.

If Leicester can avoid defeat here they will give themselves a great chance of winning the league but some are still questioning their chances. Leicester on paper have a favourable run in to the end of the season after their next two games and we will really get a feel for how things will end up over the coming weeks.

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Team News

Manchester City’s injury list is a concern for Pellegrini but shows the importance of squad depth. Six first team players look set to miss out as Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Kevin DeBruyne, Fabian Delph, Jesus Navas and captain Vincent Kompany are all sidelined.

Leicester City have just the three players who look unlikely to feature here, Daniel Amartey is a doubt while Matthew James and Jeffrey Schlupp are both out.

Key Points

Manchester City’s last five: W/D/W/D/W

Leicester City’s last five: D/W/D/W/W

Key Stat: Solid – Leicester have kept five clean sheets in their last six Premier League games.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Argentine goal-machine has bagged six in his last five Premier League outings and now has 13 for the season. If he continues to find the net at this ratio he could well be the difference for City bringing the title back to the Etihad.

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Score Prediction

Manchester City 2-1 Leicester City – Pellegrini’s side to edge this one in a tie which could have a serious impact in the race for the title. It should be a thriller and one not to miss.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Manchester City

Competition – Barclays Premier League – Manchester United vs. Manchester City 

Venue: Old Trafford – Sunday, October 25 – 14:05 GMT – (10:05 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 6/4 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester City 13/8

Match Preview

Manchester United welcome rivals Manchester City to Old Trafford on Sunday in the Manchester Derby and a standout fixture of the weekend in the Premier League.

This is a huge fixture for both sides even this early into the season. Manchester United sit third in the Premier League, on 19 points, trailing their opponents by two points.

Louis Van Gaal’s side have won four of their last five domestic games but come into this one off the back of a tough, well earned draw in Moscow in the Champions League in midweek.

Last weekend Manchester United thumped Everton 3-0, and they look like they mean business. Picking up points in games like these have huge implications on the title race.

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Manchester City will be looking to continue their great run of form against their rivals. They have won four of the last five meetings between the sides.

City have been in great domestic form, winning 13 of their last 15 Premier League games, but have lost two in their last five. They have scored 11 in their last two domestic games.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side come into this one off the back of thumping Bournemouth 5-1, where Raheem Sterling bagged a hat-trick. Wilfred Bony impressed, stepping in for the injured Sergio Aguero.

Manchester City have some injury problems with key players missing, but will be more than up for the task of taking points from United this weekend. They scored a late winner to take all three points against Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, thanks again to Kevin De Bruyne.

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Team News

Manchester United have four injury concerns. Luke Shaw remains out as he recovers from his broken leg. Ashley Young, James Wilson and Paddy McNair are all doubts.

Manchester City’s injury woes continue. They’ll be without key players Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and summer signing Fabian Delph.

Key Points

Manchester United’s Form: W/W/W/L/W

Manchester City’s Form: W/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: City have won four of the last five in the Manchester Derby.

Key Player: Juan Mata – The Spaniard has been in excellent form so far this season and he will be looking to pick holes in the City defence.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 2-2 Manchester City – The sides to share the points in a game full of action.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Manchester City 

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, August 23 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 7/2 – Draw 3/1 – Manchester City 7/10

Match Preview 

Everton host Manchester City in one of the stand out fixtures of the weekend. The Toffees will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the 2015/16 Premier League season while City want to maintain their 100% record.

Everton come into the game off the back of their impressive 3-0 away win against Southampton, which was a bit of a shock result considering the qualities the Saints possess. Roberto Martinez will be pleased with his sides start to the season and although it is a very early stage, his players seem to have clicked into gear.

Romelu Lukaku has wasted no time finding his feet this season, with that impressive brace last weekend. He will be expecting to better last seasons tally of ten league goals and is looking sharp, he could cause the City defence all sorts of problems.

Last seasons meeting between the sides ended 1-1 at Goodison Park, this game provides a good chance for Martinez’s men to send out a message that they are ready to challenge for a top four spot.

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Manchester City have started the season in scintillating form. They have the look of a complete team and seem to have ironed out some of those defensive frailties which cost them so badly last campaign.

Manuel Pellegrini will be delighted with the demolition of title rivals Chelsea and City showed their desire to regain their Premier League crown from the Blues.

City will be well aware of Everton’s performance against Southampton but will be expecting to take all three points here. Raheem Sterling can expect a hostile welcome from the home fans given his Liverpool connection, he will be keen to show why City paid the staggering fee to acquire his services.

Sergio Aguero tormented the Chelsea defence last weekend and he will be looking to win the golden boot once again. His tally of 26 league goals was enough to win the accolade last campaign and no doubt he will be challenging all season to better that total. City are an immense force with their spine of Joe Hart, captain Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero in form, and those four players have started the season very well.

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Team News  

Everton have five injury concerns. Martinez is expected to be without fan-favourtie Leighton Baines until November as he is recovering from an ankle injury. Tony Hibbert, Aidan McGeady, Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar are all set to be sidelined for this one. Martinez is unlikely to upset the balance of his side after their 3-0 win over Southampton so he will more than likely field the same starting 11.

Manchester City are without Fernando and Pablo Zabaleta. New signing Fabian Delph could return but that will more than likely be a place on the bench if he is declared fit. This weeks £32 million signing, Nicolas Otamendi, is expected to have to wait for his full debut, as Manuel Pellegrini, similarly to Roberto Martinez, will leave his side unchanged.

Key Points 

Everton’s form: D/W

Manchester City’s form: W/W

Key Stat: Ruthless – Manchester City have won their last eight Premier League outings, they’re averaging three goals a game having scored netted 24 times in those eight matches.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Argentinian is unplayable at the top of his game. He will be eager to build on his performance from last weekend.

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Score Prediction

Everton 1-2 Manchester City – City to prove too much for Everton to handle and maintain their 100% start to the season.

Manchester City’s Houston friendly cancelled as new opponent needed

Manchester City‘s second game against Major League Soccer opposition was cancelled on Thursday as the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup game against the Houston Dynamo was called off.

The catastrophic flooding that hit Oklahoma, Texas and North Mexico this week meant there were doubts the game would go ahead but earlier in the day on Thursday it was confirmed the match would be played.

Only for the game to be called off after officials deemed the surface at BBVA Compass Stadium unplayable.

Speaking of the decision Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “We are bitterly disappointed for our fans, and for those of Houston Dynamo, that the match has been cancelled.

“We had travelled to Houston from Toronto in anticipation of a great game of football and we recognise many fans have also travelled long distances.

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“We thank the entire Houston Dynamo team for their efforts in preparing for the match and regret that the game could not be played.”

City beat Toronto FC 1-0 on Wednesday night in Canada but their second game in as many games could not go ahead and Houston must now look for another opponent to play in the game at a rescheduled date.

“We will start the process for trying to find a replacement for Man City in the Dynamo Charities Cup match and as soon as we can get an opponent and a date we will announce it,” Dynamo president Chris Canetti told MLSsoccer.com.

The Dynamo travel to New York City on Saturday evening and will be looking to pick up a third win in four games.

2014/15 Premier League Season Review: Manchester City

Premier League Final Position: 2nd

Review

Because of the money that Manchester City have invested in their squad over the last few years, failure to win the title is probably considered a failure. Had the 2013/14 Premier League winners had a domestic trophy on the sideboard at the end of May, then it could’ve potentially papered over the cracks. Manuel Pellegrini’s job could be under serious threat this summer because of the lack of silverware delivered in this campaign and too many shock results this season is the reason City have fallen well short of eventual champions Chelsea.

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Podcast Review

Best Moment

The last six games of the season. It was imperative that City ended the season strongly and a six-game winning streak was the perfect way to recover from a 12-game run in which they recorded just four victories (D3, L5).

Worst Moment

The 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor against Burnley thanks to a fantastic George Boyd strike all but ended City’s title hopes, leaving them nine points off the top with just nine games of the season remaining. It was a devastating blow against a side that would eventually be relegated and a game they couldn’t afford to lose at the time. There were of course other season defining moments, but this was the one that seemed like it marked the end of their title hunt.

Player of the Year

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Sergio Aguero – The Argentinian comfortably won the Premier League Golden Boot with 26 goals in 33 appearances. He also made 8 assists meaning that his overall goal contribution was 34 goals – an incredible effort.

It wouldn’t be fair to say that he entirely carried City this season, but with Yaya Toure not replicating the form he showed last season, there was even more pressure on Aguero’s shoulders and he certainly responded well.

Biggest Win

Manchester City 6-0 Queens Park Rangers (May 10, 2015)

Biggest Defeat

Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal (Jan 18, 2015)

Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City (Apr 12, 2015)

What to improve for the 2015/16 season…

The ins and outs throughout the summer will go a long way to deciding where City stand in terms of the title race next season. Yaya Toure is just one of many key players being heavily linked with a move away from the club and they must bring in world-class talent to bridge the gap on Chelsea. Both Arsenal and Manchester United are likely to strenghten, so the Citizens have to do the same.

Manchester City wonder goal sinks impressive Toronto in friendly

The Premier League and Major League Soccer came together for a friendly game on Wednesday night as Manchester City travelled to BMO Field to take on Toronto FC.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini fielded a strong team just three days after the Premier League season ended on Sunday, with Yaya Toure, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Edin Dzeko and Wilfried Bony all starting.

Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta also came on to play a part in the second-half but it was young George Evans who won the game with his late screamer sealing a 1-0 win for the Citizens.

Toronto put in a fine display and will perhaps feel unlucky to have lost the game but Greg Vanney was pleased to come through the game without any injuries ahead of Saturday’s clash with San Jose Earthquakes.

“I thought it was a good match,” Vanney said after the game. “We got out of it healthy and we kept everybody to the amount of minutes we wanted to keep them to. I thought we had a good showing for ourselves. That was key.”

Sebastian Giovinco only played 30 minutes and Michael Bradley played for the whole of the first-half but it was some of Toronto’s youngsters that impressed as the likes of Jonathan Osorio, Jordan Hamilton, Manny Aparicio, Chris Mannella and Jay Chapman all put in fine performances against the Premier League giants.

Manuel Pellegrini was full of praise for the Reds after the game and also spoke about the level of MLS.

“Well, we came here last summer, and we always see New York City FC, so we know about the level of MLS,” he said. “Toronto is a good team. Of course, maybe they were thinking more about the game they had to play on the weekend but they have good players and also, a very good team.”

Toronto face San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening at BMO Field and will hope to record back-to-back home wins after last weekend’s victory over the Portland Timbers.

City boss praises MLS and gives Toure boost

Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, has praised Major League Soccer in his first media outing on the clubs post-season tour in Toronto.

Pellegrini is excited about playing against both Toronto and Houston Dynamo and is impressed with the growth of MLS. New York City FC are struggling at the foot of the Eastern Conference and City will be hoping their sister club can improve on their disappointing start to the season.

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“The league is improving every year. I hope the matches will be good and they will be beautiful games,” he said to MCFC.co.uk.

The City boss has some positive news about the future of Yaya Toure and it looks like he will be staying at the club.

“When the media asked me about a month ago I always said that Yaya is very happy here. He doesn’t have any intention to go to another club.

“I am always talking with all the players. That’s why when I said Yaya will stay here it’s because I know the way he thinks.”

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Pellegrini has hinted he will be adding to his squad once his analysis of the season has taken place and he has worked out where he needs to strengthen.

“We will analyse the last season. After that we will decide where we need to improve.”

City fans will be hoping news surrounding Toure continues to be positive and that their midfield powerhouse will be playing at the Etihad for the remainder of his contract at the very least.