Live match preview – Newcastle vs Man City 19.12.2021

Team news, stats and predictions ahead of Newcastle vs Man City in Sunday’s Premier League; kick-off 14:00.

Team news

Newcastle Striker Allan Saint-Maximin is doubtful for visiting Manchester City after limping in Thursday’s defeat at Liverpool with a muscle injury.

Forward Callum Wilson will return to the squad after being rested at Anfield.

Left-back Jamal Lewis is set for a rest period after suffering a hamstring injury in the 3-1 defeat, while fellow defenders Federico Fernandez (thigh) and Paul Dummett (calf) remain out.

Joao Cancelo is available again for Man City after serving a midweek disqualification match.

The champions control fellow full-back Kyle Walker, who missed Tuesday’s 7-0 win over Leeds with an illness, but Bernardo Silva should be fit despite being replaced with a muscle problem.

Ferran Torres will be out until next month with a broken foot.

How to follow

Live Renault Super Sunday

Sunday 19 December 13:00

Newcastle vs Man City is live Sky Sport Premier League from 13.30; kick-off 14:00. Sky Sports Customers can watch game clips in the match blog live on Sky Sports website and app. The highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sport Soccer YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

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Let’s take a look at some of the Premier League matches still taking place this weekend, including Newcastle-Manchester City, Tottenham-Liverpool and Leeds-Arsenal.

The last time…

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Liverpool’s victory over Newcastle

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Manchester City’s victory over Leeds

Jones Knows Prediction

Trying to surprise yourself with a value-packed bet for a Manchester City match is such a difficult task. Such is their complete dominance in matches, nearly any potential betting angle for anything positive about goals, shots or match results is simply too obvious to seriously justify with such meager odds. Will they win? Obviously. Do I want to advise bettors to get 1/7 with Sky Bet? Absolutely not.

Kevin de Bruyne looked back at his midweek best, maybe his shooting lines are worth a gamble? No. He has 8/13 years to have four or more shots. It is a ridiculously low price.

With the kind of routine and work performance expected of the City, my eyes have wandered the card markets with the likelihood that Allan Saint-Maximin will be left out for it. The French winger suffered a muscle injury at Liverpool and walked away with a limp and with him unavailable, the chances of a card drop significantly.

Manchester City matches against lower half teams have a tendency to produce low card counts anyway due to the one-sided nature of the match where the match could end within 60 minutes. In six of the eight fights with the last 10 teams this season, there have been fewer than three cards in the match. When you bring in an indulgent referee like Martin Atkinson, who has shown fewer than three cards in five of his last seven games and averaged just 2.3 cards every 90 minutes this season, then it’s worth taking the points under. 30 yellow cards at 6/5 with Sky Bet.


BET ANGLE: Under 30 booking points (6/5 with Sky Bet)

Eight statistics

  • Newcastle have only won one of their last 27 Premier League games against Manchester City (4N L22), winning 2-1 at St James’ Park in January 2019.
  • Manchester City have scored in each of their last 25 Premier League games against Newcastle, the last time they failed to make it 0-0 in November 2006. In the history of the competition, only Arsenal have had a more long of goals against a specific opponent (26 against West Brom).
  • Newcastle scored their first Premier League win of the season in their last home game, beating Burnley 1-0. They have not won consecutive Premier League home games since December 2019.
  • Manchester City won 33 Premier League games in 2021 – another victory will see them set a new top flight record for most wins in a single calendar year.
  • Manchester City have won each of their last seven Premier League games, scoring 20 goals and conceding just three. That’s more wins than the Citizens have collected in their first 10 league games this season (W6, D2, L2).
  • Against no team, Manchester City have scored more Premier League hat-tricks than they did against Newcastle (3), with Ferran Torres scoring a hat-trick in this very game last season.
  • Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has lost all 10 of his Premier League games to Manchester City – the worst 100% defeat record a manager has ever had against a specific opponent in competition history.
  • Riyad Mahrez has scored 49 goals in 164 games for Manchester City in all competitions, with only Sergio Agüero (61), Gabriel Jesus (63) and Raheem Sterling (76) scoring the most for the Citizens since joining at the club in 2018.

The ultimate essential soccer podcast

On this week’s show we hear former Tottenham defender Michael Dawson and Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports football reporters Gerard Brand, Ben Grounds and Adam Bate to look forward to the Premier League weekend.

PART 1 | After a series of postponements, Tottenham are back on the pitch against a flying Liverpool on Sunday. How difficult is it as a player? Michael Dawson evaluates the challenge of Antonio Conte’s men.

PART 2 | Arsenal had a good midweek, placing fourth in the Premier League standings with a win over West Ham. Can they stay there? Gerard Brand discusses their perspectives. Additionally, Ben Grounds tells us about his encounter with Marcelo Bielsa in the wake of Leeds’ terrible 7-0 defeat at the hands of Man City.

PART 3 | Pep Guardiola’s team, in fact, is in the running for the title, with seven victories in a row. Adam Bate explains how the manager’s way of playing allows City to have such devastating streaks and, on the other side of the table, what their opponents, Newcastle, have to do this weekend to stay on their feet.

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