Manchester City are hosting Newcastle at the Etihad after having a great night of sleep. That’s because of Liverpool's slippage against Tottenham on late Saturday, as the Reds couldn’t get more than one point from their home game against the Spurs. City is the obvious favorite to get the win here, but it wouldn’t be the first time they’d have lost points against a lesser side. City missed on winning a Premier League game for the last time on Feb. 19 when they fell 2-3 to Tottenham of all teams. Since then, Pep Guardiola’s side has won out its schedule and currently sits second—tied on points with Liverpool—with the game against Newcastle in hand.
The Citizens are playing for nothing more than the Premier League this season after getting eliminated by Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals and by Real Madrid last Wednesday in the UCL semi-finals stage too. There is no way Guardiola risks a thing on Sunday, so expect a very strong side from the Sky Blue taking the field come kick-off time. The Citizens have scored at least two goals in all but one of their games since April 14, and that happened against Real Madrid midweek.
With all Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, and Joao Cancelo playing the full 120 minutes last Wednesday, there is a chance at least one of them sits on the bench for a while before eventually making it to the pitch—if at all. Such is the distance between Newcastle and Man. City these days, as much as we might hate it. It’s not clear whether John Stones and Kyle Walker will be available and fit to play against the Magpies.
Newcastle enters Sunday pretty much in the same vein they did last Saturday against Liverpool. There is nothing to lose today and they learned something against the Reds a week ago: get rich or die trying. Howe made it clear that he was a little bit disappointed with the attitude of the team a week ago—though the plan was his’ ultimately—and there is the perception of a more proactive approach displayed by Newcastle entering Sunday’s game against City.
The last time the lads defeated Manchester City was back in Jan. 2019 when they dumped a couple on Guardiola’s side while only getting scored on one time themselves. It’s been five defeats in a row against the Sky Blue now with the latest coming in December when City demolished the Magpies at St James’ Park.
This is clearly Manchester City’s toughest game of their remaining ones even though they will have some room for error after Liverpool's draw against Tottenham yesterday. Newcastle, on the other hand, will have all of the room for them to do whatever they please because the Toon is just playing for the joy of playing these days with relegation already averted.
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Manchester City vs. Newcastle
- Date: Sunday, May 8
- Time: 11:30 am ET, 4:30 pm UK
- Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
- TV: Sky Sports (UK), USA Network/Peacock (USA), DAZN (Canada)
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Howay the Lads!