Preview - Manchester City vs Newcastle United 02 September 18

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Match Day 4
Manchester City vs Newcastle United
Sunday, September 2nd,  2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City:   
Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.79
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.71
Top Scorer 17/18: Sergio Agüero (21)

Newcastle United:
Last five matches form: L W L D L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.03
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.24
Top Scorer 17/18: Ayoze Pérez ( 8 )

Manchester City continue the defence of their Premier League title with this home game against a Newcastle United side who as ever seem to be suffering problems from within as well as without even at this early stage of the season.

Manchester City have won the past five home league meetings with Newcastle. Scoring 22 and conceding just 2. This fixture has seemingly been a mismatch for a while now and it looks no different in 2018.

City surprisingly didn't manage to master Wolves last weekend and will surely be keen to get back in the winning groove at the first time of asking here.

Newcastle parked the bus against Chelsea in their last league game and very nearly came away with a point, only being undone by a late Deandre Yedlin won goal. Expect similar tactics here as Benitez aims to stifle this supremely talented City side.

Kevin De Bruyne remains the big miss for City who also have Danilo, Eliaquim Mangala and Claudio Bravo on the injured list. Newcastle look set to be without their key midfielder too as Jonjo Shelvey is unlikely to make this game. Isaac Hayden misses out through suspension.

The main aim of Newcastle here will likely be to somehow scrap to a draw, or at the very least not lose too heavily. They may achieve the latter.

Prediction: Manchester City 3 - 0 Newcastle United


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  18 - 4
Shots on target: 10 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 0
Possession: 78% - 22%

No bookings in this one as referee Kevin Friend kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

The way this game started this looked like being a very long afternoon for Rafa Benitez's men. You can't afford to make any mistakes against this City side, and gifting the ball to City just outside your own area - as Jamaal Lascelles did in the eighth minute - certainly counts as a mistake. Raheem Sterling driving into the left of the area before cutting inside and curling a beautiful effort into the far bottom corner.

The floodgates never did open though, and improbably the Magpies found themselves on level terms headed into the break. Salomon Rondon being nicely played in down the left and delaying his low centre nicely to find Deandre Yedlin in full flight at the edge of the six yard box to sweep the ball home.

What turned out top be the winner came soon after the interval. Kyle Walker having time to control and set his sights from not far short of thirty yards before unleashing a rocket into the bottom left corner.

In the grand scheme of things this probably wasn't too bad a day at the office for Newcastle United. The vast majority of sides will come here and lose this season, and most of those will probably go down by more than one goal. That's still three defeats from four games though - and for all that those losses were against City, Spurs and Chelsea - the Magpies will need to start picking up points sooner rather than later.

For City this was just another almost inevitable home win. In truth they do look to miss De Bruyne's energy and drive at times, but other than at Wolves last week they are still finding a way to win.

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