Manchester City should be far too strong for Newcastle, as they host Newcastle on boxing day premier league fixture.
Manchester City are unbeaten in their last five matches in the Premier League, starting with successive home wins over Burnley and Fulham. Back-to-back draws followed for Pep Guardiola’s team when they faced Manchester United and West Brom, with the latter being a real shock result. Man City beat Southampton 1-0 away from home thanks to Raheem Sterling’s goal in the 16th minute. Man City won 4-1 against Arsenal in London to reach the League Cup semi-finals. Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring with the match tied 1-1 at half time, second half goals to Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte getting it done. Manchester City centre back Eric Garcia is doubtful but Guardiola has enough options in Rúben Dias, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte. Sergio Aguero played the final 15 minutes against Arsenal as he returns from injury. He could come back into the starting side after scoring 15 goals in his last 13 Premier League matches against Newcastle.
Newcastle United are without a win in three matches after winning two on the bounce in the Premier League. 2-0 and 2-1 victories against Crystal Palace and West Brom respectively was followed up with a 5-2 thrashing against Leeds. Steve Bruce’s side were then held to a 1-1 draw at home to Fulham with Callum Wilson’s penalty earning them a point. Newcastle were dumped out of the League Cup after a 1-0 defeat at Brentford on Tuesday. It was a close match but they failed to take their chances against the Championship club. Newcastle are missing Martin Dubravka, Javi Manquillo, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Allan Saint-Maximin.
Newcastle have 72 wins compared to Manchester City’s 70 in this fixture. There have also been 40 draws between the clubs. Manchester City won the previous meeting 5-0 back in July. Manchester City have won 10 of their last 13 matches at home, with 9 of their last 10 home wins also coming to nil. We fancy Man City to continue their strong home form on Boxing Day and this is one for your acca.
PREDICTIONS : MAN CITY 2-0 WIN