Newcastle v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 28, 2019
St James’ Park - Premier League
Manchester City have an opportunity to cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League table to a single point on Tuesday night. It may only be for 24 hours, but the Blues need to beat Newcastle at St James’ Park to keep the pressure on their title rivals.
City have a brilliant record against Newcastle in recent years. They haven’t lost to the Magpies in the Premier League since 2004, winning 19 of their 22 fixtures since then. The Blues have won the last three meetings between the teams, and won 5-0 and 6-1 in 2015.
Rafa Benitez is hoping to have Mo Diame fit again after injury. Jonjo Shelvey could also return to the team, but he remains an injury doubt along with Paul Dummet and back-up goalkeeper Karl Darlow. Ki Sung-yeung has returned from the Asian Cup with am injury, while Yoshinori Muto remains at the tournament.
Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy are both out for the visitors, with the latter suffering a reaction to his knee injury following his comeback last week. Apart from those two defenders, back-up ‘keeper Claudio Bravo is Pep Guardiola’s only other injury concern. The City boss must choose between Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus up front, following the Brazilian’s return to form.
Newcastle v Manchester City Preview and Predictions
With City’s excellent record against Newcastle, plus their strong run of form at present, this game looks set to be another three points towards the visitors’ title defence. The Blues have won their last eight games in a row, including a 5-0 rout of Burnley in the FA Cup on Saturday. Newcastle meanwhile were dumped out of the cup at home to Watford.
Rafa Benitez’s juggling act this season is now over, with Premier League survival the only issue on his agenda. Apart from the boardroom unrest and lack of transfers, of course. The Magpies are away at Tottenham and Wolves in their next two games, so their two-point cushion to 18th-placed Cardiff could easily be wiped out by the time they return to St James’ to play Huddersfield towards the end of next month.
The bookmakers certainly don’t see Newcastle getting anything from this game, with the home win priced at 16/1. Despite being the away team, City are huge favourites at 1/5, so there’s little value on them in the outright market. The Blues have scored 33 times in winning their last eight games, and haven’t conceded a goal since their first game of the year. Even a draw looks well beyond the hosts, but it’s 13/2 if you think they can claim a massive point.
City to win to nil at 10/11
The Blues are looking for their ninth successive victory on Tuesday, as well as their seventh clean sheet in a row.
Sergio Aguero to score first at 13/5
The Argentine has scored two hat-tricks in his last five games against Newcastle, going on to hit five on one of those occasions.