Prediction and odds for the game: Newcastle (11/1) vs Manchester City (2/7)
We are backing under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 13/10
When: Friday, 14th May 2021, kick-off 20:00
Where: St James Park
On Friday night, Newcastle host Manchester City at St James Park in the Premier League, as the Citizens play their first game since being crowned English top-flight champions.
Despite a largely difficult campaign, Steve Bruce’s team have beaten the threat of relegation and will once again be playing Premier League football next season. The Magpies have been hard to beat of late in the English top-flight, as they have lost just once in their last six matches. They have also won three of their last five games in the Premier League.
The team from north east have found their shooting boots of late in the top-flight, scoring at least two goals in four of their previous six matches. However, the visitors have experienced a massive injury blow of late with star striker Callum Wilson ruled out for the remainder of the top-flight season.
Newcastle have struggled for victories of late on home soil, winning just two of their last 11 Premier League outings at St James Park. The fact that the Magpies have conceded at least two goals in their last three home games in the English top-flight.
The Citizens were crowned Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons on Tuesday after second-place Manchester United suffered a 2-1 home defeat against third-place Leicester.
The Citizens had been on a run of five straight wins in all competitions until a late 2-1 home loss to fast-improving Chelsea last time out in the top-flight. The defeat also ended a run of potency in front of goal for City, having scored at least two goals in their previous three competitive outings.
Pep Guardiola’s team have still been potent of late in the Premier League, scoring at least two goals in five of their last seven matches in the English top-flight.
City have been formidable on their travels of late in the league, as they are unbeaten in 12 away games in the Premier League, having recorded 11 straight wins. Unsurprisingly, considering their status, the Citizens have been prolific away from home in the English top-flight, scoring at least twice in nine of their last ten league outings on their travels.
Newcastle’s form has improved slightly of late, but the loss of top scorer Wilson is a major loss for the home team. City have already won the title, so it remains to be how they will perform for the rest of the season. We do expect this to be a tight encounter, likely a low-scoring encounter, so we are backing under 2.5 goals scored. We also fancy Riyad Mahrez to be an anytime goalscorer, as the Algerian has been in good form of late.
Our verdict: We are backing under 2.5 goals scored at odds 11/8 and Riyad Mahrez to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 13/10 (All odds are taken from bet365).
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