NEWCASTLE welcome Manchester City to St James' Park on Saturday . Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) analyses the encounter.
Newcastle v Manchester City | Saturday 30th November 2019, 12:30 | BT Sport
Manchester City travel to the north-east to take on Newcastle in Saturday’s early kick-off looking to pick up another three points as they continue to chase table-topping Liverpool. City managed to overcome Chelsea last time out with a strong performance, and they’ll need to be at their best again if they are to get the better of a Toon team that can cause issues.
Newcastle have won two of their last three Premier League games and they have looked good value in both of those. Steve Bruce’s boys will have their work cut out as they are the joint-lowest scorers and host a Man City outfit who are leading the Premier League for goals scored. The Magpies are 16/1 (Betvictor) to pick up what would be a huge upset victory.
City will be confident of scoring but there have been games when they have looked a little bit shaky at the back. They have conceded 14 goals in 13 games and they could be posed a few questions if Newcastle are able to get pressure on City’s backline. The recent results between these two have mainly been in City’s favour but the home side did manage a 2-1 triumph when they last met.
One angle I like in this match is for Riyad Mahrez to score at anytime at 6/4 (Unibet). Mahrez has three goals in nine appearances this season and should he start I think he’ll be able to exploit this Newcastle side who are likely to be on the back foot from the start. Should the home side start playing on the front foot I think Mahrez becomes a big danger on the counter.
Raheem Sterling is known for his attacking brilliance, but he does also often find himself on the wrong side of the referee. Sterling currently has four yellow cards in 12 games and he is 17/4 (SpreadEx) to be shown a card. Sterling can often get himself involved in squabbles that he doesn’t need to be, which will help this bet.
Also, he’s tasked with a lot of tracking back which could see him committing a few fouls.