Newcastle and Manchester City are both in need of a pick-me-up as they prepare to lock horns at St James’ Park; the Magpies have lost five and won just one of their last seven league encounters whereas City’s unbeaten record went on Sunday as they were edged out by bitter rivals Manchester United in a pulsating contest at the Etihad Stadium.
It’s the champions however, that are expected to boost their morale with a three-point haul, Paddy Power pricing them at 4/6 and Stan James quoting the hosts at 9/2 to further dent Roberto Mancini’s hopes of retaining the title.
BetVictor post 3/1 against a stalemate on Tyneside, where Stan James offer 7/1 about a 1-1 scoreline but the form of Alan Pardew’s men is undoubtedly a worry and as the visitors at least showed their battling qualities against United last weekend, coming back from two goals down to draw level, they seem to be in far less of a crisis than their opponents.
It’s worth siding with City then but it should nevertheless be a close affair and bet365 offer an enticing 11/4 about an away victory by a one-goal margin while Betfred chalk Mancini’s charges up at 7/1 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.
Finally, in attack for Manchester City, Mario Balotelli is likely to make way for Carlos Tevez following a disappointing weekend performance and the Argentine, who made an immediate impact against his former club when coming on as substitute, is 5/1 via Skybet to break the deadlock in this contest.