EFL Cup: Round 3
Stadium: St. James' Park
27th September 2023
Newcastle United will welcome Manchester City at St. James' Park in Round 3 of the EFL English Cup. Manchester City has impressed once again in another season. Who will come out on top after 90 minutes?Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
Newcastle United form
Newcastle created history on Sunday as they scored eight goals against Sheffield United in a Premier League game, making it the first time that eight different players have scored in a single match. This victory also marked Newcastle's largest away win in the Premier League era.
The goals came from Sean Longstaff, Dan Burn, and Sven Botman in the first half, followed by goals from Callum Wilson, Anthony Gordon, Miguel Almiron, Bruno Guimaraes, and Alexander Isak in the second half, resulting in a dominating performance against the Blades.
Under the guidance of Eddie Howe, Newcastle had a slow start to the season, losing three out of their first four matches. However, they have since turned their fortunes around with a 1-0 win over Brentford and a goalless draw against AC Milan, setting the stage for their exceptional victory on Sunday.
With their recent form, Newcastle now resembles the team that reached the EFL Cup final last season and secured a top-four finish in the Premier League. As a result, Howe's team will be confident in their ability to stop Manchester City's winning streak at the start of the season.
Newcastle United Predicted Lineup
Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Tonali; Murphy, Isak, Gordon
Manchester City form
On Saturday, Nottingham Forest seemed destined for another lopsided defeat at the Etihad Stadium when Man City quickly scored two goals within 14 minutes. However, Rodri's momentary lapse of judgment resulted in City losing their momentum. Early in the second half, Rodri was red-carded for a confrontation with Morgan Gibbs-White, leaving City with 10 players for the remainder of the match. Despite this setback, Guardiola's team managed to maintain a clean sheet and secure a victory. As a result, City remains the only team in the Premier League with a flawless record this season, winning all six of their matches so far. Their goalkeeper, Ederson, has only conceded three goals, contributing to City's exceptional defensive performance, the best in the league. It should be noted that City has won the EFL Cup in six out of the past ten seasons, including a four-year winning streak from 2018 to 2021. Therefore, Guardiola and his players are well aware of what it takes to succeed in the competition.
Manchester City Predicted Lineup
Ortega; Lewis, Akanji, Ake, Gomes; Nunes, Phillips; Foden, Alvarez, Grealish; Haaland
Newcastle United vs Manchester City Expert Tips
Newcastle will enter their next match at Bramall Lane with confidence after their convincing win against Sheffield United. However, Manchester City will undoubtedly have different plans. While we anticipate Newcastle challenging Guardiola's team, we envision City showcasing their strength and securing their spot in the next round with a close win. Expect both teams to be on the scoresheet in this game.