Now solely focused on Premier League (PL) survival, Newcastle remain the second-lowest scoring team in the league (joint), and have been especially impotent in home PL matches, where they’ve managed to score more than one goal on just two occasions all season.
Cautious, or sometimes just slow to start, Newcastle have been ahead at half-time in just two of their 12 home league matches so far. This has contributed somewhat to the fact that (home and away) three goals or more have been scored in just five of Newcastle’s last ten PL matches, a rate (52%) maintained over the PL season as a whole.
City, meanwhile, have recovered from their Christmas woes, racking up eight straight wins in all competitions. Goals have again been flowing, with Pep Guardiola’s men scoring 21 goals in their last five matches (in all competitions).
In the PL, City have been markedly worse playing away (W7, D2, L2) than at home this season. However, home and away, they’ve won all seven of their matches against teams currently in the bottom five, with a combined aggregate score of 28-4.
Players to watch: Salomón Rondón remains Newcastle’s main threat, with five PL goals so far. City striker Sergio Agüero, meanwhile, always loves to kill the party for the ‘Magpies’, firing in 14 goals in 12 PL matches against them.
Stat attack: Newcastle have conceded precisely two goals in half of their home PL matches.
Five straight H2Hs at St. James’ Park have produced under 2.5 total goals (in all competitions).
In City’s last six away PL matches, 63% of the goals have come in the first half.
City are the league’s most efficient starters, and have been in front at half-time in 16 of their 18 PL wins so far.
LIVE STREAMING NEWSCASTLE UNITED VS MANCHESTER CITY 2019
Will not play
(Achilles Tendon Injury)
Referee: Tierney P. (Eng),
Venue: St. James Park (Newcastle)