Manchester City MASSIVE Favourites to Beat Newcastle

It’s clear that the bookies don’t want customers backing Manchester City for their upcoming FA Cup clash at St James’ Park.

How else can you explain the odds of 1/10 about a win for Pep Guardiola’s side considering that they only managed to draw 2-2 at St James’ Park earlier this season, with Newcastle twice coming from behind to land a Premier League point?

That game was in front of a full house, whereas this FA Cup encounter will be played in front of precisely nobody apart from a few substitutes and members of each club’s coaching staff. It’s clearly something that won’t benefit Newcastle.

Are Magpies Worth a Small Bet at 20/1?

First thing’s first, Newcastle United are unlikely to be relegated from the Premier League this season and that’s a pretty good situation considering the bleak prognosis that pervaded the Tyneside club at the beginning of the season, especially after a 3-1 defeat at Norwich.

It should be mentioned that the Magpies have avoided defeat in eleven of their fourteen matches at St James’ Park and their previous two matches before the lockdown saw them win at West Brom in the FA Cup before another victory away at Southampton in the league.

This is a one-off cup match and some punters might be tempted to go with the outsiders who will draw confidence from holding the same opponents last time out.

Will Manchester City Be Back to their Previous Best?

Man City have had a strange 2019/20 season in that they have failed to sustain the sort of amazing form that saw them hold Liverpool at bay last term, with Guardiola’s side a full twenty-five points behind the Reds at the time of writing.

The Citizens have lost five away matches in the Premier League this term along with that draw at St James’ Park, although they are second favourites to win the Champions League and perhaps the break will mean they’re ready to fire on all cylinders.

Players such as Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero often comment on how demanding a full season happens to be and the former was actually injured before the lockdown, although it appears as though the Belgian could be back and firing on all cylinders here.

What Are the Best Bets for Newcastle v Man City?

Scoring goals has been a problem for Newcastle all season and there haven’t been many games where they’ve been able to score more than one goal, with that clash against Man City being one of the exceptions.

However, they are generally pretty solid from a defensive point-of-view and we’re going to risk the possibility that they can be level at the break with their illustrious opponents before eventually falling away by the final whistle.

Manchester City are not as defensively strong without Aymeric Laporte at the back and it’s possible Guardiola will rest players for this encounter, meaning that an away win and both teams scoring makes appeal too.

We’ll go for something a bit different with our third bet. We would expect Manchester City to be comfortably clear come the final whistle and a two-goal margin of victory is trading at an attractive price.

BETTING TIPS

  • Draw HT Man City FT @ 4.00 with bet365
  • Man City + BTTS @ 2.60 with bet365
  • Man City to win by two goals @ 4.00 with bet365

*odds are accurate to the date of publishing

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