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Newcastle United v Manchester City: The Opposition

A Look At The Blues Weekend Opponents

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Newcastle United are the next opponents to face Manchester City as the blues travel to St James’s Park on Saturday evening for the ‘oil derby.’

The Tyneside club enjoyed a good start to the season, but have petered off in recent weeks, and Toon supporters will be hoping last weekend’s North East derby win at Sunderland will provide the spark to ignite the second half of the season.

Form

Newcastle have lost the last three in the Premier League, two away to Liverpool and Luton, while Nottingham Forest recorded a 3-1 win at St James’s Park on Boxing Day. The Toon also lost 3-0 at Everton and 4-1 at Spurs in a dismal run when Newcastle won just two of their seven Premier League matches.

Despite that run, Newcastle have a good home record, winning eight and losing two of their ten matches so far. Their only other defeat at home came against Liverpool in August, when the Mersey reds won 2-1.

On Tyneside, Newcastle have beaten Arsenal (1-0), Villa (5-1), Chelsea (4-1) and United (1-0) as well as beating City in the League Cup (1-0) and PSG in the Champions League (4-1). City used to almost be guaranteed three points at Newcastle, sadly, the same cannot be said anymore.

Danger Men

Alexander Isak is the chief threat for Newcastle. He has scored 13 goals so far this season, while Callum Wilson has eight. Anthony Gordon is on six while Miguel Almiron has five, Between them, the quadruple have attempted 141 shots at goal, with Almiron attempting the most with 37. Isak has the better goal conversion rate (38%) and shot accuracy rate (71%) than the other four, making him a marked man on Saturday.

Isak has scored in each of his last three games. including two at Sunderland, while Wilson’s last goal came in the League Cup defeat at Chelsea. His last league goals were a brace in a 2-2 draw at Wolves in October. Almiron last scored against Fulham, a match that Newcastle won 3-0, while Gordon scored the winner against the Stretford Rangers at the beginning of December.

Leading the way with assists, Kieran Trippier has eight so far this season and has created an incredible 55 chances. His total number of passes is currently 1,716, the highest in the Newcastle side, with 1,404 being successful, giving him a pass accuracy rating of 82%.

Gordon has five assists, but City will be more wary of Bruno Guimaraes. The Brazilian has created 30 chances, three of which have been taken. His total number of passes is the second highest of the side with 1,672, converting 1,434. He has the highest pass accuracy rating (86%) from the rest of the Newcastle regulars.

The Boss

Eddie Howe is the man who has transformed Newcastle from a side fighting relegation and mid-table obscurity to one that can challenge for major honours. Appointed in November 2021, Howe has taken charge of 104 matches, winning 50 and losing 29, giving him a win ratio of 48%, almost equal to his first spell in charge at Bournemouth.

Last Time At St James’s Park

City and Newcastle played out an entertaining at St James’s Park in August 2022. Ilkay Gundogan gave City the lead after just five minutes, but Almiron and Wilson had put the home side in front before the break. Trippier made it 3-1 to Newcastle, but two gaols in four minutes from Erling Haaland and Bernardo Silva gave the blues a share of the spoils.