Manchester City will be looking to put the pressure back on Arsenal this weekend, as Pep Guardiola’s side looks to record a second straight win. However, Newcastle United will be the visitors to the Etihad, as they bid to bounce back from their EFL Cup final defeat against Manchester United.
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Manchester City remains locked in an interesting title race alongside Arsenal, with neither side giving up the chance at this early stage. Guardiola’s side will need to keep winning their fixtures to put pressure on the Gunners, and they have struggled over their previous five to achieve that, as they have landed just three wins over that period. Still, City remains the highest scorers in the league, and has the third-best defensive record.
City made no mistake in chasing Arsenal in their previous outing, as they ran out comfortable 4-1 winners on the road against Bournemouth. Julian Alvarez set the tone early in that fixture by netting the opener after 15 minutes, before Erling Haaland and Phil Foden extended the advantage before the break.
It has been a troubling couple of weeks for Newcastle United, as they have dropped out of the top four places in the Premier League standings. To make matters worse, the Magpies were upstaged by Manchester United in the EFL Cup final last weekend, meaning that their long wait for a piece of silverware continues.
Newcastle will certainly need to improve their league form if they are to stand any chance of finishing in the Champions League spots this season, as they have picked up just one win from their last six league matches. They also come into this fixture after suffering just a second defeat of the season in their previous league match against Liverpool.
Manchester City vs Newcastle Head to Head
City’s home record against Newcastle is extremely strong, as they have picked up victories in each of the last 13 meetings between the sides. Newcastle managed to claim a rare draw in the reverse fixture between the sides, but they will be looking to avoid defeat in both league meetings against City for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign.
Manchester City vs Newcastle Prediction
Newcastle’s excellent defensive record will be put to the test this weekend at the Etihad. However, it looks as though their season is unravelling. We struggle to see anything other than a victory for City on Saturday, and they could run out 2-0 winners.
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