Manuel Pellegrini replaced Roberto Mancini early in the summer and the Chilean has done plenty of business, with Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic among the players who have arrived at the Etihad Stadium.
Spending £100million will entitle City supporters to feel that their team can beat the red lot up the road at Old Trafford, with Paddy Power going a best price 1/3 that they claim a victory on Monday night against a Newcastle side who might spend a good deal of the match camped in their own half.
Pellegrini will have a few dilemmas over which players to select for this opener, especially in attack where Negredo and Jovetic will be vying with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko for a starting berth. It is actually Dzeko who has enjoyed the most goals during pre-season and the Bosnian rates a decent bet at 5/1 with BetVictor to score first.
Newcastle will have been encouraged by Aston Villa upsetting the odds to win 3-1 at Arsenal on Saturday and the Magpies will look to improve on last season’s away for which saw them win just two of their nineteen matches on the road.
BetVictor are prepared to offer 11/1 about the visitors who will look to regain the sort of form that saw Alan Pardew’s team qualify for the Europa League two seasons ago and the fact that they won’t have any European distractions for this campaign should ensure more consistency.
The notable arrival at St James’ Park this summer has been Loic Remy on loan from QPR, with the club having missed out on the signature of Darren Bent and other targets haven’t been landed.
It’s likely to be Papiss Cisse leading the line for the visitors and he’s a 14/1 chance to score first, with the Senegal striker capable of scoring from all sorts of range, while Hatem Ben Arfa is ready to bounce back after a season spent largely on the sidelines and can be backed at 16/1.
However, we can trust a City defence who will be ably protected by Yaya Toure and Fernandinho this term, not to mention the fact that Vincent Kompany should marshal a strong rearguard.
Odds of 23/20 are available that the Citizens win to nil and that looks more attractive than backing them at the WDW odds, with BetVictor going 9/10 about the home side leading at half-time and full-time in this contest.
On the correct score market, you can get 13/2 about a 2-0 win in favour of Pellegrini’s side and this can be coupled with the 17/2 about a 3-0 win to provide plenty of value.