Manchester City Vs Newcastle United Reddit Score 08/05/2022
Seeking to quickly dust themselves down after their heartbreaking Champions League exit in midweek, Manchester City will bid to keep their Premier League title hopes alive when they welcome Newcastle United to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Citizens cruised to victory in the reverse fixture against the Magpies when they won 4-0 at St James’ Park in December. With a 5-3 aggregate lead heading into stoppage time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Manchester City were seemingly on course to reach their second successive Champions League final and set up an all-English showdown with Liverpool.
The Citizens could have put the tie to bed had Jack Grealish found the net with two glorious chances in the closing stages, but those missed opportunities – along with the plethora of squandered chances missed in the first leg – proved costly as a calamitous collapse in stoppage time saw Real Madrid level the tie courtesy of a late Rodrygo brace, before Karim Benzema netted from the penalty spot in extra time to send City crashing out in heartbreaking fashion. City’s painful wait for Champions League glory goes on, but Pep Guardiola, his players and the fans have no other option but to rise from the canvas and turn their focus to the Premier League title race, as they bid to end the season on a high with domestic success. At the time of writing, the Citizens are positioned at the summit, sitting one point clear of quadruple-chasing Liverpool in second, and victory in each of their final four league fixtures will see them crowned as champions for the fourth time in five years.
City will be confident of success on Sunday as they have lost only one of their last 28 league games against Newcastle, winning each of their last 12 on home soil in the process. Guardiola’s men have had no problems finding the net in the Premier League, scoring 16 times in their last five outings. City have also scored 17 in their last five league encounters against the Magpies so they will be hoping for more joy in front of goal this weekend. Since the turn of the year, only Liverpool (41) and Man City (33) have accumulated more Premier League points than Newcastle (32), who have been transformed under the tutelage of Eddie Howe.
Fears of relegation are long gone and a top-10 finish – which was unthinkable earlier this season – is now a distinct possibility for the Magpies, who currently sit 10th in the table and 11 points clear of the drop zone. Victories in April against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Norwich City have seen Newcastle catapult up the table, but they were unable to claim a fifth successive victory last weekend as they were condemned to a slender 1-0 loss at home to Liverpool. That defeat at St James’ Park was in fact their first in the league on home soil since losing 4-0 to Man City back in December.
The Magpies will be keen to return to winning ways on Sunday, and while victory would do Jurgen Klopp’s side a huge favour in the title race, Howe will be mindful of the threat a fired-up Man City outfit will pose, as he has lost all 11 of his Premier League meetings against them, the worst 100% losing record a manager has against a single opponent in the competition. Alan Shearer was the hero the last time Newcastle claimed maximum points away at City, helping his beloved Newcastle claim a narrow 1-0 win back in September 2000. Man City duo Kyle Walker and John Stones are both doubtful with respective ankle and muscle injuries; the former was withdrawn midway through the second half against Real Madrid while the latter did not travel to the Spanish capital. Joao Cancelo started at left-back in midweek, but he could switch over to the right if Walker misses out, with either Nathan Ake or Oleksandr Zinchenko to operate on the left.
Kevin De Bruyne – who has scored nine of his 11 Premier League goals at the Etihad this term, is expected to start in midfield alongside Rodri and Bernardo Silva, though Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan will also be pushing to start. Out of the three City attackers who started in Madrid, Phil Foden is seemingly the most likely candidate to keep his place, while Raheem Sterling and Grealish will be hoping to displace Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus. As for Newcastle, they will be without Ryan Fraser, Isaac Hayden, Jamal Lewis and Fabian Schar due to injury, the latter of whom was forced off against Liverpool with an ankle problem. Jamaal Lascelles is set to replace Schar and partner Dan Burn in the heart of the defence, joining full-backs Emil Krafth and Matt Targett in the back four.
Kieran Trippier has been sidelined with a fractured foot since February, but the former Man City youngster has returned to training this week and could be involved in the matchday squad on Sunday. Callum Wilson has also returned to training this week, following a four-month injury layoff, and although the 30-year-old striker has stated that he is “fully charged” for the remaining fixtures of this season, it remains to be seen whether Howe will throw him straight into the first XI, with either Joelinton or Chris Wood more likely to lead the line at the Etihad. Jonjo Shelvey, Bruno Guimaraes and Joe Willock all started in centre-midfield against Liverpool last time out, and the trio could retain their places at the Etihad, while Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron are set to start again on the flanks.
Manchester City has no time to dwell on a crushing loss in the Champions League as it gets set to host Newcastle United on Sunday in an English Premier League match at Etihad Stadium. City (26-5-3) is seeking its fourth league title in five years but had just a one-point lead on Liverpool in the table entering the weekend. The Reds host Tottenham at Anfield on Saturday. The Citizens were minutes away from advancing to the Champions League final before Real Madrid scored twice late to tie on aggregate then won in extra time. Newcastle (11-10-14) is 10th in the Premier League table and has been trending strongly upward since Saudi ownership took over and hired coach Eddie Howe to mold an influx of new players.
City has lost once in the last 28 league meetings with Newcastle and has not lost a home matchup since Alan Shearer gave the Magpies a 1-0 win in September 2000. It has scored 15 goals in the past four meetings and allowed three, and City won the last matchup 4-0 at St. James’ Park. Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling were among the scorers in that match and are part of a stacked City lineup that boasts eight players with at least five goals. Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne both have 11, while Sterling has 10, and the three have combined for 14 assists.
Howe has turned around the fortunes of the Magpies, and the team spent a lot of money to add players. It didn’t add stars, but Howe has found the formula to get the most out of them. Only City (33) and Liverpool (41) have more points than Newcastle (32) among EPL teams this calendar year. The Magpies are 7-1-4 in their past 12 league games, with three of those losses to top-five teams. They have allowed more than one goal just once in their last 17 matches. Man City is worn down, and likely still stinging from Wednesday’s loss, and Newcastle is dangerous enough to exploit that.
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Bernardo, Rodri, De Bruyne; Sterling, Foden, Grealish
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Krafth, Lascelles, Burn, Targett; Willock, Shelvey, Guimaraes; Almiron, Joelinton, Saint-