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City to battle past Magpies

City to battle past Magpies

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Newcastle are the latest team to try and end Manchester City’s magnificent run when the pair meet on Wednesday.

The Magpies halted their recent winless streak with Saturday’s impressive 3-2 victory at West Ham but remain massive underdogs against the Citizens, who thumped Bournemouth 4-0 to make it 17 wins in a row.

Rafael Benitez suggested that he had been promised funds to spend in January in the build-up to the win at the London Stadium and in a weird way, a heavy defeat on Wednesday may not be a bad thing as it will further put pressure on Mike Ashley to spend.

The Spanish tactician is not a defeatist though and will send his side out to win and 12/1 for a home triumph certainly catches the eye.

Christian Atsu was the match winner in East London and, having often missed out in recent weeks, was excellent against the Hammers.

The Ghanaian is 6/1 to score at anytime and his personal duel with Kyle Walker is sure to be tasty, with both known for their pace and power.

City have been imperious for much of this season and are arguably dare we say it, on current form, the best team in Europe.

The aforementioned 4-0 victory against the Cherries was another case of them blowing a team away and it seems that is going to be the case most weeks for Pep Guardiola’s men.

St James’ is a ground they have not lost at since 2005 and they are the massive 1/4 favourites to claim all three points, with the draw 5/1.

Sergio Aguero grabbed a brace on Saturday but Guardiola has preferred to rotate this season and it could be Gabriel Jesus’ chance to shine.

The Brazilian himself has been in fine fettle, netting 12 times for club and country and is 47/20 to score first on Tyneside.

Despite the distance between the teams in the table, this could be closer than most of us think. However, it should be a City win so backing them to do the business with both teams to score at 17/5 looks the way to go, especially with the Magpies having rediscovered their scoring touch in recent weeks.

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