Premier League Preview: Manchester City vs. Newcastle United

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  • NUFC’s last PL win over City: Sept. 2005
  • Last six matches including clean sheet
  • Magpies hold all-time edge 71W-38D-63L

Manchester City hopes to keep its title hopes alive with a win over its traditional doormat while Newcastle United wants its League Cup win at the Etihad to translate into Premier League success (Watch live on NBC at 1230pm ET Saturday).

Newcastle went into City’s home and came away with a 2-0 League Cup in late October, but that’s the extent of the Magpies’ success versus City in recent history.

Man City hasn’t lost to Newcastle in 16 matches worth of top-flight play, winning 14 times and drawing just twice. For a league win at the Etihad, go back to Sept. 2000.

Wilfried Bony could be back in the lineup for City, though Manuel Pellegrini is unclear as to whether the striker will see the bench or a role in the Starting XI.

What they’re saying

Man City’s in-form James Milner on facing his former club: “I don’t think we can afford to drop too many more points at home – if any – and if I’m honest, I think we need to win them all. Hopefully, this time around, if we win our third title it will be because our away form has been the bedrock.”

Newcastle boss John Carver on potentially facing Bony: “I’m sure Bony will be raring to go if he does make his debut,” said. “Every time we’ve come up against him when he was at Swansea he’s been a handful. We’ll just have to deal with him. Our defenders lately have defended quite well – they’ve been strong and we haven’t conceded too many goals. Mike Williamson likes the type of player that Bony is so that could prove a good competition between the two.”

Prediction

Lightning won’t strike twice, but Newcastle will end its goalless PL run against City. Chalk three points up for the hosts: MCFC, 3-1.