Manchester City vs Newcastle United: The Third Encounter of the Season
It is their third meeting this season. The Toon Army and The Citizens have squared off twice before, one was in the first leg last year and another one was in FA Cup quarter finals. So far, Raheem Sterling and Co has better record with one win and one draw. This upcoming match has no more significance for both as Manchester City has secured the Champions League spot while The Magpies has already been free from the relegation threat.
Manchester City news
Guardiola’s men surprisingly had another loss last weekend. Their visit to St.Mary ended up terribly as they were dismantled by Southampton 0-1. A single goal of Che Adams from a speculative long range shot preceded by The Citizen’s blunder was the only goal scored in the match. Yet, what made the difference was the host’s solid defence plus a number of clinical saves by Alex McCharty, who was awarded as the man of the match. Those inevitably frustrated Gabi Jesus and Co.
Newcastle United news
The Magpies were held in a draw by West Ham which is struggling to avoid relegation threat. It was a seesaw game of 2-2. The Hammers took the lead by Michail Antonio but then equalised by Miguel Almiron. West Ham scored another one by Tomas Soucek and yet the host levelled it by Jonjo Shelvey’s strike only two minutes later.
Missing players and probable lineups
Pep Guardiola will deploy 4-3-3 formation with various possible transitions. Yet, Sergio Aguero is still injured. Thus, Gabi Jesus will take over his post upfront in the starting IX. The former Barcelona and Bayern boss might modify the tactics with two frontmen as Newcastle might be employing defensive stance. Thus, the Brasilian international is likely to be accompanied by Raheem Sterling.
West Ham: Ederson; Eric Garcia, John Stones, Joao Cancelo, Olexander Zinchenko; Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva; Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Gabi Jesus.
Steve Bruce might not opt for 4-2-3-1 again just like in the past two matches. It might be working well against the lower level teams and enable them to be more offensive. Yet, such will be disastrous when employed against the high profile team. Unfortunately, he will not be able to play his best starting IX as Allan Saint-Maximin is ruled out alongside Isaac Hayden, Ciaran Clark, Florian Lejeune and Sean Longstaff. Thus, 4-3-2-1 or 4-4-1-1 suits best with Dwight Gayle upfront supported by Joelinton and Matt Richie who plays wide. In the midfield, Miguel Almiron, Jonjo Shelvey and Nabil Bentaleb will be covering the area.
Newcastle: Martin Dubravka; Jamal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, Jetro Willems, Emil Kraft; Jonjo Shelvey, Nabil Bentaleb, Miguel Almiron; Joelinton, Matt Richie; Dwight Gayle.
In the head-to-head meetings, Manchester City surely has better records. They have won four times and had one draw in the last six encounters, while Newcastle only managed to win only once.
The Citizens surely would never have another disappointing result after last week’s loss. The win might not have any impact to their positions but Guardiola’s men need it more to prepare themselves for the Champions League next month. Trying out their youngsters such as Phil Foden and Eric Garcia combined by the reserved players like Joao Cancelo and Olexandr Zinchenko is probably the best option. A narrow win for the host is still the most probable result.
Where to watch
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