Manchester City vs Newcastle United Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Manchester City vs Newcastle United Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Manchester City and Newcastle United will play each other at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, 3rd October. The teams last played in February this year and Manchester City won the game 5 – 0. Before that they played in October 2014 and Newcastle United won the game 0 – 2.

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Manchester City is currently second in the Premier League with 15 points having won 5 games and lost 2. They are one point below Manchester United. Newcastle United is nineteenth in the league with 3 points having drawn 3 games and lost 4. They are one point below Aston Villa.

Team News

Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini’s squad suffered their second consecutive loss of the season at the hands of a strengthened Tottenham Hotspur at the White Hart Lane. Manchester City need a win desperately and playing Newcastle should help them get what they need. Manchester City have had a tough time of late but should feel confident of resurrecting their dismal start to the season when they take on Newcastle – traditionally a good opponent for them.

Newcastle United

Meanwhile, Steve McClaren failed to snag his first win as new Magpies manager after defending champs Chelsea held them to a 2-2 draw at the St. James’ Park. Newcastle zoomed off to a 2-0 lead as winger Georginio Wijnaldum scored the team’s second goal at the hour mark. However, Jose Mourinho’s men fought back and unleashed two goals in the last eleven minutes to even the count.

Pellegrini intends for his team to return to its winning ways against the lowly Magpies and continue to deny McClaren that elusive first win.

Interesting Facts

  • A win for Manchester City will make it their seventh consecutive Premier League victory over Newcastle United.
  • City have beaten Newcastle 14 times in the Premier League; only against Aston Villa (18 times) have they won more.
  • Yaya Toure has scored more league goals (three) against Newcastle than against any other Premier League side.
  • City have dropped seven points in their last seven league games at the Etihad Stadium, having only dropped six in the previous 36.
  • With 31, the Magpies have used more players in the top flight than any other side.
  • Newcastle have picked up just eight points on their travels this season; only Reading (five) have registered fewer.
  • Steve McLaren’s men are the worst victims of late goals, having conceding 15 in the last 15 minutes of league matches; more than any other side.
  • The Magpies’ last – and only – win in the city of Manchester came against City at Maine Road in September 2000.

League Head to Head

21/02/2015 Premier League 2014/2015 Manchester City 5 – 0 Newcastle United
29/10/2014 League Cup 2014/2015 Manchester City 0 – 2 Newcastle United

17/08/2014 Premier League 2014/2015 Newcastle United 0 – 2 Manchester City

12/01/2014 Premier League 2013/2014 Newcastle United 0 – 2 Manchester City

30/10/2013 League Cup 2013/2014 Newcastle United 0 – 0 Manchester City

19/08/2013 Premier League 2013/2014 Manchester City 4 – 0 Newcastle United

Key Players

Man City: Kevin De Bruyne

After new acquisition Kevin De Bruyne scored the first goal of the match at the 25th-minute to give City a 1-0 lead, four Spurs had winners in the next 54 minutes en route to the blowout victory.

It was De Bruyne third goal in as many games as he tries to lead the Citizens to the win despite the continuing lackluster performance of fellow newcomer Raheem Sterling, who has only one goal in four appearances so far for Pellegrini.

Newcastle United: Moussa Sissoko

Sissoko was withdrawn late in the game against Chelsea last weekend after giving away a series of cheap free-kicks with some fans suggesting he is no longer focused at Newcastle after failing to get a move to a bigger club last summer. He was dispossessed on a couple of occasions and conceded some stupid free-kicks, one of which led to the equaliser from Willian.

Sissoko should offer Newcastle much more than he is at the moment.

Dropping him could cause a stir in the dressing room, but perhaps it might be the wake-up call the French international needs to get him performing again, and most likely, he will look to redeem himself in this big game against Manchester City.

Prediction:

I predict a 2-0 victory for the home team, as City are tactically better than Newcastle. Also, both teams will go into this game hungry for a victory, but it looks like Manchester City will emerge the victor.