Man City will be hoping to close the gap to leaders Liverpool to 5 Points when they entertain Newcastle Utd at The Etihad on Boxing Day. Pep Guardiola has the luxury of an almost fully fit squad to choose from. Sergio Aguero is approaching full fitness and he will be pushing for a first start in over a month having made a 16 minute cameo appearance vs Arsenal in midweek although Gabriel Jesus has found a little bit of form in recent matches for City. The Only confirmed absentee for Guardiola will be Spanish Centre back Eric Garcia who remains out with a leg injury. City appear to have solved the issue that plauged them defensively last year and they have 5 clean sheets in the past 7 games in all competitions and boast the best defensive record in The Premier League this season.
City have a formidable Home record against Newcastle winning the last 11 Home Games against the men from Tyneside scoring 39 goals and conceding just 7 which is the longest winning run for any team against a single opposition in the league. It is 23 games since City last failed to score in a fixture against Newcastle and in those games they have registered 61 goals. Unsurprisingly the odds on a home win are very short with 1/9 the best around but 888Sport are offering new customers 6/1 for a Man City Win which should be snapped up. Newcastle will be hoping Aguero does not play at The Etihad as the Argentine has scored 15 times against them in The Premier League, more than any one player has managed against the same opposition. Aguero is a best price 6/5 to score anytime with William Hill.
Newcastle continue to divide both supporters and pundits alike. Some are of the opinion that Steve Bruce is getting the most out of his squad whilst others say his approach is too negative but the Magpies are a full 8 points clear of the bottom 3. They suffered a dissappointing 1-0 defeat at Brentford in The Carabao Cup in midweek despite fielding a strong side. Newcastle will travel to Manchester once again without Captain Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin who are both recovering from the effect of Covid-19 that rocked the club during December. Better news however is Federico Fernandez looks likely to return having missed the defeat at Brentford with a muscle injury. The Magpies have won 2 of the last 6 against Palace and West Brom although they have looked very laboured in the past month and were hammered 5-2 at Leeds Utd and were fortunate to pick up a point against Fulham.
It wont be a trip that Newcastle Fans will be expecting there team to get anything from as previously mentioned they have an abysmal recent record against Man City having failed to win in the last 16 in Manchester and losing the last 11 of those. Stats suggest the Geordies enjoy Christmas Turkey a little too much and they have not won on Boxing Day since 2013 and they have lost more games on boxing day (14) than any other team and conceded most goals as well (42). Only the most optimistic fan will look at backing Newcastle in this fixture but 888Sport are offering a massive 150/1 for Newcastle to win.
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