The 2022/23 season has been a rollercoaster ride and has includedaction at both ends of the table. With a few months of the seasonleft to play, there are some very exciting matches still to enjoy.
The upcoming Manchester City vs Newcastle game on March 4th, 2023, is a great example, but what can we expect from this contest?
What do the bookmakers think will happen?
It is not just watching soccer or catching the latest EPL gossip which Nigerians love to do. They also like to get involved with betting on games such as this one between Manchester City and Newcastle.
There are some excellent sportsbooksto sign up with, and they make it super-easy to add more fun tothis upcoming EPL encounter.
Sportsbooks are also a great place to start when trying to work out what could happen in this match. Although current odds for this clash might not be available yet, you can get an idea by looking back at how sportsbooks viewed their previous encounter in August 2022.
Manchester City were the favorites then and, while Newcastle hasenjoyed a strong season since, they are probably still favorites for this game again.
Manchester City:Can they boost their title defense?
Manchester City comes into this match not only eager to win the Premier League crown in 2022/23 but alsoto defend their title from last season. This will leave Pep Guardiola’s men extra motivated to take home the three points, especially with Arsenal breathing down their necks at the top end of the table.
Although you could say it hasn’t been vintage Manchester City overall this season, they are still having a decent seasonand are still a fabulous teamto watch. Arguably, they have the best squad of players to call on and this should serve them well in this clash.
Guardiola and star men could be key
Of course, many people also believe they have the best coach in world football in the form of Guardiola. He has the experience and tactical acumen to putone over Newcastle at the Etihad.
Home advantage could also prove crucial, and Manchester City hasmade the Etihad a tough place to visit. This could leave Newcastle with too much to overcome when they face-off.
Manchester City hasbeen very good going forward again this year and have plenty of guile, pace and power to trouble asometimes shaky Newcastle backline. ErlingHaaland’s move to Manchester City has been a roaring success and he will be keen to add to his extraordinary goal tally in this game.
Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish could also prove key in unlocking Newcastle’s defense.
Can Newcastle get anything from this match?
Anyone who follows the latest EPL news knows that Eddie Howe has done an excellent job overall at Newcastle. This hasthem riding high in the Premier League table and on course to enjoy their best finish for a long time.
As a result, his teamwill not only be full of confidence but also desperate to take home all three points to boost their chances of a top four finish.
A 3-3 draw in the reverse gameearlier in the season demonstrated that Newcastle knows how to hurt City and have the quality to match them. This will surely inspire Howe’s teamand encouragethem to really test a Manchester City backline that has not always looked assured.
This could be especially effective if they contain City and then hit them on the counterattack or during transitions in play. The pace of people like Almiron or Saint-Maximin might make the difference here and pose a real threat to the team from Manchester.
Newcastle needs to improve on away form
To take home all the points from this clash. Howe needs to find a way to make his side more dangerous away from home. Although they have been solid enough, far too many of their away games have been draws, such as the 1-1 stalemate with Bournemouth recently.
They will also need to improve on their overall record against Manchester City of late, which has seen them lose most of the matches played! Swedish right-back Emil Krafth is also a major injury blow for Newcastle and could leave them exposed to City’s tricky wide players.
Manchester City vs Newcastle:Final thoughts
This game looks set to be a top-class encounter between two teams who have enjoyed an outstanding season so far in 2022/23. As their previous 3-3 match in August 2022 shows, it could be a high-scoring affair which is hard to call. We feel that home advantage for City and their extra class in terms of players could make the difference.