Manchester City vs Newcastle United 02/21/2015 Premier League Preview, Odds and Prediction
Newcastle United vs Manchester City
Saturday 21st February 2015 17:30(GMT)
The Line: Manchester City 1/3 Draw 5/1 Newcastle United 11/1 See the Latest Odds
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A huge week ahead for Manchester City as the Champions host Newcastle on Saturday evening before taking on Barcelona on Tuesday night . Manuel Pelligrini's side has dropped far too many point of late and are still seven points behind league leading Chelsea. Sergio Aguero being back to full fitness is a huge plus for City but just as important will be the return of Ya Ya Toure and Wilfred Bony. Bony is yet to play a game for his new team but will surely be part of both squads for the newcastle and Barcelona games. With Aguero City have a genuine game winner and leader and with Toure back in their ranks City's creativity and goals should also improve. David Silva and Samir Nasri did their best to fill the void left by Toure's absence but with no fit strikers City did slip a little during that period.
Newcastle have lost six of their last nine away games although they are unbeaten in their last two away trips to Crystal Palace and Hulll. John Carver the new Newcastle United manager will be looking for his team to continue their solid displays. Papa Cisse is still the key striker for Newcastle as he returned from the African Cup of nations and hit his tenth goal in sixteen appearances this season. With an abundance of midfield talent including Gouffran, Colback , Ameobi and Cissokho Newcastle have the talent to cause problems for teams like Manchester City but away from home in Manchester this could be a tough one.
I am taking Manchester City -1 here on the handicap, I think City will be looking to put in a big performance before they take on Barcelona on Tuesday night. This is a chance for players like Nasri, Milner to make their claim for a start on Tuesday night and I fully expect them to put in a big performance to make that claim.