Manchester City have started the season as they left off after winning the treble last season. 100% record in the Premier League with six wins on the bounce. Haaland is in top form and Alvarez is proving to be an unsung hero with this superb finishing and work rate.
Defensively Man City have conceded only three goals and their style of play is so difficult for teams to penetrate.
Man City haven’t had a difficult start to the season with away games at West Ham and Burnley included in their opening games and home games v Nottingham Forest didn’t see them break sweat.
Newcastle United have already been on the end of a defeat to Man City this season with a 1-0 win for Man City, albeit Newcastle were able to compete well with Man City, but their finishing let them down with a number of chances to play the right final ball, not being on the money.
Eddie Howe’s men are now playing three games a week and with Premier League, Champions League and now Carabao Cup games coming up fast, this is the real test for them.
A 8-0 demolition over Sheffield United on Sunday will give them huge confidence this midweek as they face the Champions, but you can never underestimate Man City. Their 2nd string side will have plenty of quality in and the rotation Pep is doing is working a treat.
Alvarez will likely continue to play and Phillips is also likely to get a run out from the start in this one. Rodri will be missing through suspension, but Rico Lewis, Nathan Ake and Jack Grealish are all expected to start in this one.
With the games mounting up for Newcastle, Eddie Howe has a dilemma whether to field a very strong team in this one as with a big weekend Premier League game coming up and then the Champions League again, it is a fine juggling act.
However, any slight change in the quality of Newcastle, can hand Man City the advantage as we know how Pep Guardiola’s side will play and this will be total football with ruthlessness in front of goal.
|Newcastle to win||7/4 Bet365|
|Manchester City to win||6/4 Unibet|
Our Punters.pub bet of the day is Man CIty to win at 6/4 with Unibet. Seeing a price of odds against for Man CIty is one you have to take as you are not going to see many, if any, of these during the season.
We know this isn’t the top priority for Pep Guardiola, but with Newcastle now enjoying Champions League football, this game may also not be top of their list and changes in their line up, may well give Man City the edge.
With Grealish and Rico Lewis expected to start alongside Alvarez, there is plenty of quality on show for Man City to win in 90 minutes.