Rafael Benitez was strangely criticised after Newcastle’s 2-1 reverse at home to Chelsea last Sunday, with many onlookers taking umbrage with the Spaniard’s defensive tactics which largely saw the Magpies trying to contain their opponents.
Benitez is likely to implement a similar type of strategy at the Etihad Stadium, with the visitors expected to be unadventurous against a Manchester City team who put six past Huddersfield Town in their previous home game.
Jamaal Lascelles was apparently left out of the Newcastle team due to a clash with the manager over tactics although supporters will hope that he can return and shore up a defence that held pretty tight against Chelsea.
Big Prices for a Newcastle Win
BetVictor offer an enormous 28/1 about the Tyneside club somehow landing a victory against the champions of England, with Manchester City now growing accustomed with coming up against teams parking the proverbial bus at the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola thought carefully about his team selection for the previous home match against the Terriers and decided to field Gabriel Jesus alongside Sergio Aguero, with Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez among those players benched on that occasion.
While City were held 1-1 at Molineux last weekend, the Citizens were close to scoring on a number of occasions including a Sergio Aguero free-kick at the death which cracked against the crossbar.
Bookmakers Certain on City Win
The bookmakers certainly have this down as a home banker and bet365 go 1/9 about City claiming the three points after winning the corresponding fixture by a 3-1 scoreline last season and all the home team’s goals came from the same source.
Aguero has already plundered one hat-trick this season and, while you might usually get a healthy 16/1 about a star striker bagging three goals in a typical game, the bookies aren’t prepared to quote anything like this for the visit of the Magpies.
The Argentine is a 5/1 poke with Betway to bag a three-timer, the sort of price you might normally associate with a First Goalscorer bet and testament to the sort of form that Aguero is in allied to the six goals being scored a fortnight ago.
BetVictor have 8/11 that Manchester City win to nil for anyone looking for an angle away from the very short home win price, although it should be borne in mind that Huddersfield and Wolves have both found a way to breach the Citizens’ defence this season already.
Could Newcastle Nick a Goal?
Alternatively, Ladbrokes go 1/2 that the home side are ahead at the break and final whistle, with City likely to be at their devastating best as they look to rack up the goals before the international break.
BetVictor have 45/1 that Guardiola’s men enjoy another 6-1 victory and we often like to play a few correct scores when Manchester City play at home considering that their odds are usually just the stuff of accumulators.
BetVictor have 13/1 that City claim a 5-0 win and might want to prove themselves to be completely watertight over a ninety minute period, with 5-1 chalked up at odds of 22/1 and we’ve already stated a case why Newcastle might find the net during the game.
Benitez will be aiming to get to the break unscathed and Unibet have 18/5 that the game is level at half-time before City run out winners. It might be a nervy bet to have although the champions showed against Wolves that they can be thwarted.