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Newcastle United vs Manchester City FC, free match prediction 15 May 2021

15 May 2021 | 00:30 | Newcastle upon Tyne, St James' Park
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New Champions Manchester City test their new status against an improved Newcastle

  • Manchester City have won their third Premier League title in four years
  • They lost to Chelsea last weekend, but claimed victory anyway with Man United losing
  • Newcastle are virtually safe following last weekend’s win over Leicester

Manchester City to win 2-0

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Newcastle upon Tyne, St James' Park

NEWCASTLE UNITED vs MANCHESTER CITY FC Match Preview & Analysis

Congratulations have been showered upon Manchester City over the past few days after securing their third league title in four seasons, recovering from a terrible start to the campaign to put down one of the most impressive displays we’ve seen in recent years.

With older players such as Aguero being phased out, Guardiola has revolutionised how his side play football, with players such as Phil Foden, Gundogan and Mahrez shining through.

City lost their last league game however, to Chelsea, and will be determined to put that right here in their first match as Champions.

Newcastle enter this match in reasonably good form themselves, having beaten 4th place Leicester in a stunning 4-2 contest last week.

With 12 points left to play for, and with a 12-point advantage over 18th place Fulham, the Magpies are almost officially safe this season.

Teams Preview

Newcastle United Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WWDLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Three recent wins against Burnley, West Ham and Leicester

     City’s focus could be elsewhere after title celebrations

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have only beaten City once in last 26 meetings

     Striker Callum Wilson will miss the rest of the season

With safety now almost officially confirmed, Newcastle may feel that the pressure has been lifted from their shoulders after a period where it seemed as though they may be sucked into the bottom three.

Since being just two points ahead of the bottom three, the Magpies have picked up three wins and two draws from their next six matches, powering away from danger and helping to ease the pressure on boss Steve Bruce.

Unfortunately, the player who has been largely responsible for that upturn in form, striker Callum Wilson, is now injured for the remainder of the season.

He’s only managed 28 games in what has been an injury-hit season, but has 12 goals during that time – all of them so vital in Newcastle’s survival push.

Here, they will hope that City’s focus will be on other things and not at their sharpest.

Star Man – Joe Willock

The young Arsenal loanee has now scored in his last four Newcastle appearances.

Manchester City FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WWWWL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Title win will be a massive confidence boost

     Great record over Newcastle, including a 2-0 win earlier in the season

Reasons to be fearful:

     De Bruyne remains out due to injury

     Will need to refocus after title celebrations

Like Newcastle, City will also be without their best player in this game as Kevin De Bruyne is still struggling with a muscle issue.

Despite that, they are not expected to change the way they play and their overall quality is unlikely to drop – we have seen Pep make numerous changes this season, with performances levels usually remaining high.

With City claiming the title just three days ago, will they have had time to get over the celebrations and refocus themselves ahead of this game?

There is obviously no question of being caught by Manchester United anymore, but they won’t want to lose back-to-back matches after that defeat to Chelsea last weekend, especially with a Champions League final on the horizon.

Star Man – Ilkay Gundogan

The German International was rested for the game against Chelsea last weekend, but City’s top scorer will be restored here.

NEWCASTLE UNITED vs MANCHESTER CITY FC Winning Prediction

     City should be firm favourites

     They’ll bring back their best XI here

     Newcastle could struggle without Wilson

Although both sides are missing arguably their best players – De Bruyne for City and Wilson for Newcastle – the effect on City will be far smaller than it will be for Newcastle.

If Wilson doesn’t play, Newcastle struggle – it’s happened in nine games this season, and the Magpies haven’t won any of them.

City can rotate star players as they choose, and they should get the job done here.

Manchester City to win 2-0

Author: Ross B.