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Man City vs Newcastle: Newcastle’s unbeaten record to be one to go

| 18.11.2011

A Manchester City victory is the expectation of the majority and there is no reason to suspect that they will not inflict a first defeat on Newcastle to retain their own unbeaten march at the top of the table.

Manchester City are 3/10 in the Premier League odds to triumph and logic suggests that if they are to be beaten then it is more likely to be on their travels than their own patch.

History too would suggest a Manchester City victory with Alan Shearer’s winner 11 years ago marking Newcastle’s last victory away against the Blues. The Magpies are 8/1 to bag an away win this season.

Sergio Aguero is fit after a groin strain scare to bolster the attacking options of Manchester City, although Samir Nasri will miss out with tendonitis.

Newcastle may miss Leon Best and Gabriel Obertan, but arguably there will be no better time to play Roberto Mancini’s men.

Alan Pardew sent fewer players on international duty, while 16 of City’s stars jetted around the globe – Davis Silva travelled the 11,000 miles to Costa Rica and back after Spain’s game at Wembley.

Over three quarters of Manchester City’s goals have come in the second half this season as their squad depth enables them to turn it on against tiring opponents.

It is 1/1 that Manchester City score more in the second half than the opening period against Newcastle.

Manchester City to win with three or more goals scored in the match also looks a great bet at 5/6; especially considering Newcastle may be able to use the fatigue of the opposition to their advantage.

Demba Ba has netted eight times in the last six Premier League games and is Newcastle’s chief goal threat at 3/1 to score at any time.

Meanwhile Aguero has netted nine goals and looks certain to get on the scoresheet in the 90 minutes at 8/13.



Richard Anderson