Stadium: Etihad (Manchester)
Referee: Robert Jones
In the central match of the second round of the championship of England Manchester City will face Newcastle United. This meeting will begin on August 19. The Magpies has a series of eight consecutive defeats on the field of the opponent. In this midweek, the Citizens played a difficult match against Sevilla, Eddie Howe's players will be stronger. Will the Magpies be able to interrupt the unfortunate statistics?Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
The team started the defense of the Premier League title with an away game against Burnley. In this meeting, they played reliably in defense and realized their chances - a confident 3:0 victory. Against Burnley, who returned to the EPL, Holland scored a double, and Rodri scored the third goal. This week, the Citizens won another trophy - the UEFA Super Cup, beating Sevilla in a penalty shootout. Earlier, the club lost to Arsenal on penalties in the Super Cup of England match.
The first opponent of Eddie Howe's team in EPL 2023-24 was Aston Villa. Many expected a tense struggle in meeting two progressive teams, but Newcastle United was a head stronger than Birmingham. In this duel was recorded a crushing advantage of Newcastle with a score of 5:1. Note that the clubs held a face-to-face match in the pre-season, scored three goals each, and did not reveal the strongest.
Expert Betting Tips
Naturally, the favorite of the game at the Etihad is the Pep Guardiola team. Manchester City will be a pre-match favorite in all home meetings of the championship of England. However, defeating the current Newcastle United is an extremely difficult task. The clubs also met at the beginning of the previous campaign. However, at the arena St. James Park, then the Citizens had to try hard to take one point - a draw with a score of 3:3. The club's main creative midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is out for a few months, and this will affect the attacking potential of Guardiola's team. Here we suggest taking the option with cards, as the meeting will be tense. In the case of a minimal score advantage in the game, the leading team will break the rules, leading to warnings.