Newcastle v Man City Betting Tips – 27th December 2017
Boxing Day football is one of English football’s great traditions. Fans up and down the country look forward to the chance to head to the football with their friends and family the day after Christmas.
While Newcastle fans will be disappointed their Boxing Day fixture has been moved to the following night for TV coverage, Rafa Benitez won’t be complaining about an extra day to prepare his players for the visit of Man City.
The Citizens are a match for any team in the world at the moment, let alone a Newcastle side on one of their worst runs of all time. The difference in form between the two teams is so big it’s going to take a Christmas miracle for the home side to win at odds of 14/1 with BetVictor.
Man City Train to Keep on Chugging Forwards
How highly this Man City side ranks against the great teams of Premier League seasons past is up for debate. Pundits, journalists and fans have many different opinions but nobody argues about whether or not they’re the best side in England right now.
The Citizens are on course to break all sorts of Premier League records and whether or not they could beat the Arsenal Invincibles, the Man Utd side of 2008/09 or Chelsea’s 2004/05 team is of no consequence to Pep Guardiola. His focus is always on winning the next game.
That spells trouble for Newcastle.
Benitez’s side were able to use the momentum generated by winning the Championship title last season to start their Premier League campaign strongly. Those days feel like a very long time ago now though.
Newcastle are short of attacking quality and keep making costly defensive mistakes. Benitez believes in his methods and retains the support of the fans but does he have the players to avoid relegation?
It doesn’t look like it at the moment.
Man City will arrive on Tyneside ready to ruthlessly exploit any weakness they find and they could well win big so back the away side to win by three goals or more at 31/20 with Winner.
Another way to profit from a comfortable evening for Guardiola’s men is to bet on Man City winning to nil at a generous 6/5 with Boylesports.
Big Test of Toon Army’s Patience Ahead
The Newcastle fans have never been shy about letting their team know when they’re unhappy. But this season they’ve largely remained supportive because of the levels of support that Benitez has among the Toon Army.
Those levels of support will be tested severely by Man City.
The difference in quality between the two squads is enormous and Newcastle’s fans can only hope that the takeover of the club happens quickly so they can start bridging that gap.
The most frustrating thing about facing Man City is the way they dominate possession, especially after taking the lead.
We’re expecting City to do all they can to take a commanding early lead before controlling the majority of the match so recommend betting on the first goal being scored before the 22 minutes at 10/11 with Paddy Power.
We also think a bet on over 1.5 first half goals should pay out at 21/20 with Sportingbet.
Aguero to Punish the Geordies Once Again
In a career full of highlights, the five goals that Sergio Aguero scored in one match against Newcastle stands out.
The Man City striker took advantage of a Newcastle side devoid of confidence when they met back in October 2015 and he can do something similar this time around. We don’t think Aguero will score five but we do think he’ll score two or more goals at 23/10 with Ladbrokes.
Top Betting Tips
Man City to win by three goals or more at 31/20 with Winner
Man City to win to nil at 6/5 with Boylesports
First goal to be scored before 22 minutes at 10/11 with Paddy Power
Over 1.5 first half goals at 21/20 with Sportingbet
Sergio Aguero to score two or more goals at 23/10 with Ladbrokes