Newcastle vs Manchester City betting tips: Magpies could face City backlash
Preview and odds for Friday’s match
Newly-crowned champions Manchester City are in the rare position of having to bounce back from a defeat when they head to Tyneside to face Newcastle.
The 2-1 loss at home to Chelsea was only the fifth league loss of the season for Pep Guardiola’s men and they responded to their four previous defeats with a draw and three wins, including putting five goals past both Burnley and Southampton.
Manchester United’s defeat at home to Leicester on Tuesday meant City clinched the title and the pressure is also off Newcastle after their stunning 4-2 win at Leicester on Friday took them to 39 points before Fulham’s defeat at home to Burnley ensured safety for Steve Bruce’s team.
Friday’s game kicks off at 8pm and is live on Sky Sports as we pick out some potential Newcastle v Manchester City betting tips.
Newcastle v Manchester City match odds
The Magpies have won three of their last six matches and held Liverpool and Tottenham to a draw, with their form much improved since the return of key players from injury, although Callum Wilson is out for the remainder of the season.
Twelve goals scored in those six games is a massive improvement on the two goals they scored in their previous half a dozen matches and they are 17/20 to find the net here while both teams to score is a slightly bigger price at evens.
Newcastle have failed to keep a clean sheet since a 0-0 draw at West Brom in early March so a City win and over 3.5 goals could attract plenty of interest at 9/5 while City are 17/10 to win both halves.
Newcastle v Manchester City head-to-head
Manchester City cruised to a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium when these teams last met on Boxing Day with a goal in each half from Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres.
That was at least an improvement on the Magpies’ 5-0 thrashing at the same venue last July but they have been more of a match for City at St James’ Park.
City won 2-0 here on their last visit in the FA Cup but were held to a 2-2 draw in the Premier League last season and lost 2-1 the previous campaign despite a first-minute goal from Sergio Aguero.
Manchester City: Ederson, Dias, Ake, Laporte, Mendy, Cancelo, Rodri, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero, Torres.
Wilson will sit out Newcastle’s final three games of the season with a hamstring injury. Loan signing Joe Willock is fit after struggling with cramp late in the game at Leicester, but defender Fabian Schar serves the second instalment of a three-match ban.
City are likely to be without playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who is still not fully fit after missing last week’s loss to Chelsea through fatigue. Defender John Stones is available again after completing a three-match domestic suspension.
Guardiola has plenty of options if he continues to rotate his squad with a view to having everyone fit for the Champions League final.
Raheem Sterling has been on target in City’s last two trips to Tyneside while Aguero scored five goals in one match against Newcastle in 2015 and also hit a hat-trick in January 2018. He is 10/3 to open the scoring and 28/1 for another hat-trick.
The absence of Wilson has deprived Newcastle of their biggest goal threat but City’s backline must be wary of the pace and trickery of Allan Saint-Maximin while Joelinton has scored in two of his last three home games and is 6/1 to further improve that record.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication