Manchester City is faced with another must-win match as they are trying to keep up the pace with Chelsea London and defend their title. At this point their actions might seem without result after unnecessary draws against Everton, Chelsea, and Hull City as well as the defeat against Arsenal.
Sergio Aguero was back to full fitness against Stoke City, which could see the striker hungry for goals against Newcastle, who return to Etihad after taking the hosts out of the Capital One Cup. Now, Aguero is rumored to miss the match due to a back injury, but the Citizens will see Toure finally back in the fold as well as Bony from the AFCON. Their return will hopefully mean much more stability for Man City who is undefeated in 28 of their last 31 matches played at Etihad. Man City need a David Silva in great form as his play-making skills could open up goalscoring chances for other players if Aguero will be unavailable.
Newcastle is 11th in the Premier League coming from a draw against Crystal Palace, which only adds to their defensive issues. The visitors conceded 37 goals this season, and now with Dummett, Tiote and Taylor out for the match against the Champions, Newcastle will have to find potential winners from Perez and Cisse. The Magpies might be keen on showing again that Eithad does not give Man City the needed clout, but with City up for three points prior to their Champions League clash, might see them tightening their defensive ranks.
Manchester City has almost assured winners with Unibet backing their win with 1.28 odds, as opposed to Newcastle’s 10.50. The difference in odds is due to the fact that Newcastle is without a win at Etihad since 2005, not taking into account the League Cup win. In the last five Premier League matches between the two, Man City conceded only once and scored 15 goals, which makes both teams to score betting market a real gamble. Over 3.5 goals has 2.43 odds, Man City with a -2 handicap have 2.25 odds, Newcastle with a +2 one 1.66, and we’re betting 7 units on Man City to win both halves with 2.50 odds from Unibet.
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