Manchester City will aim at extending their lead at the Premier League table when they travel to relegation-threatened Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

NEWCASTLE RESULTS, STATS, SQUAD

Newcastle United will need a run of positive results over the festive period to improve their chances of staying in the Premier League beyond this season. However a pre-Christmas trip to the Etihad. The Magpies are looking doomed at present, as the gap between themselves and safety already stands at three points. That difference could be bigger as we get to New Year’s Day, as the sides around them all have slightly easier fixtures to look forward to. Newcastle has won just once in 16 fixtures this season, and are among the lowest scorers this term. As well as that, they are conceding too many goals in the Premier League this season, as they have the joint-worst defensive record in the Premier League. Paul Dummet, Federico Fernandez, and Jamal Lewis are ruled out with injuries. Allan Saint-Maximin is a major doubt.

MANCHESTER CITY RESULTS, STATS, SQUAD

Manchester City put in their best performance of the season in their last Premier League outing, as they overcame Leeds United to win 7-0 at the Etihad. Kevin De Bruyne scored twice in the win, with goals from Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, John Stones, Nathan Ake, and Riyad Mahrez. Pep Guardiola’s team are hitting their groove in the Premier League at present and will be looking to extend their advantage at the top of the standings ahead of the busy festive run of fixtures. Tuesday’s 7-0 demolition of Leeds United was City’s third Premier League win by at least a five-goal margin this season which helped Pep Guardiola become the quickest man to oversee 500 Premier League goals (207 games). Man City have scored between the 60th and 70th minute in each of their last three premier league games. Man City has won 23 of the previous 28 Premier League meetings with Newcastle. City are expected to remain without Ferran Torres until the New Year, while Ilkay Gundogan is a major doubt.

ACCUMULATOR TIP: OVER 2.5

SINGLE TIP: MAN CITY OVER 1.5 TEAM GOALS