The last match before the ‘winter break’ which effectively means we miss one week of football, sees the blues travel to the northeast and a mighty clash with Newcastle United. City are in desperate need of the three points to keep pace with Liverpool at the top of the table, however, the Toon are equally in need of the points to keep their faint hopes of Champions League football alive.
This is around the time that City tend to stop messing around and start putting a few results together, but anything can happen in the ‘dirty oil’ derby on Saturday evening.
As always, our team are here to give us their gut feelings and predict the score. If you’ve been following this regular feature, you’ll know we’re not exactly great at that last part.
Anyway, here’s how the guys see Saturday’s match, and for this one, we have a full house.
Big match! Haaland and KDB could feature just off those vibes alone I’d back City. A 2-1 tight win seems likely as City is surging and NUFC is down.
Newcastle 1-2 City
Craig (soon to be called Cautious Craig)
Despite some terrible results in recent months, Newcastle have still enjoyed a brilliant home record all season. They hardly ever lose at St. James’ Park. Even though they have a lot of injury problems, I think they’ll rise to the occasion in front of a raucous crowd.
Newcastle 2-2 City
City area much healthier bunch than they were a few weeks back, and their main title rivals didn’t do much to separate themselves as the Boys in Blue scuffled through the festive fixtures. This will make for an interesting second half. A trip to the Toon is up next and I’ll take Pep’s lads to start their post-Christmas run against the Magpies. A KDB assist and a Haaland brace.
Newcastle 1-3 City
Don’t expect much out of this Newcastle side with how banged up their squad is. Sure the crowd will be up for it, but they just don’t have the bodies to compete. Manchester City 3-0 Newcastle.
Newcastle 0-3 City
After last season’s 3-3, you’d think I’d be more pessimistic. However, for some reason, City just love the New Year and I really fancy the World Champions to take the three points. KDB is back, Alvarez looking good and Foden in the form of his life. Although Newcastle have an abundance of attacking talent, I can’t see them troubling the blues too much. I think they will score, though.
Newcastle 1-3 City
What Happened Last Time
For a change, no one got a score correct, however, Pete was closest with a 4-1 prediction. At least he got two points for the right number of goals scored! Saul went for a 3-0 while Cautious Craig (that’s going to stick now) went for 1-1.
Travelling Thomas, just back from holidays, drops down a space and Pete is now challenging Saul for the top spot.
Here’s the table: