Man City vs Newcastle Final Football Score 04 March 2023
Erling Haaland continues to score, while Julian Alvarez, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden have all looked very sharp when they’ve been rotated into the lineup in recent games. Defensively there are issues to sort out and with some key players missing through injury, Guardiola knows his side are going to give up a couple of big chances per game. Now it’s all about being clinical at the other end which usually isn’t an issue for City.Newcastle have won once in their last seven Premier League games and they currently sit outside the top four. Eddie Howe’s side have been so focused on winning the League Cup that their Premier League form has dipped but they should now be back on track and finding more goals is their main aim.
Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak are tasked with finishing off chances.Defending champions Manchester City welcome top-four contenders Newcastle United to the Etihad Stadium this weekend, with both sides hunting teams above them. Pep Guardiola’s men find themselves five points behind Arsenal after the Gunners cashed in on their game in hand with a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Everton on Wednesday. They will now look to cut the deficit back to two points, albeit for a few hours. With 13 games remaining, this is generally the time when the Citizens pull together one of those title-winning streaks. But the same has not been the case this season.
The Citizens have fallen short of the lofty standards placed on the Manchester City machine lately. They have won three, drawn one, and suffered a defeat once in their last five Premier League games. Their loss came at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. But the Sky Blues bounced back with back-to-back 3-1 victories over both Aston Villa and title rivals Arsenal.However, Guardiola’s side were immediately pegged back, dropping further points in a 1-1 draw away at Nottingham Forest, followed by another 1-1, this time in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie against RB Leipzig. They come into this game with high spirits, though, thumping Bournemouth 4-0 in the Premier League last weekend before securing a safe passage to the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory over Bristol City.
Meanwhile, Newcastle United will look to rebound from the disappointment of losing the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City’s cross-city rivals and push themselves back into top-four contention following a recent dismal run of form. Regardless, the Magpies are on the right track, and they should be proud of what they have achieved so far. As the Toon faithful certainly are, many fans stayed and clapped at the players at the end of the cup final, which was a brilliant sight. These two sides played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture at St. James’ Park. And this Saturday’s clash has the makings to be just as thrilling, with a lot riding on it in context to the complexion of the Premier League table.John Stones has been out with a hamstring injury since City’s FA Cup victory against Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Aymeric Laporte has missed games against RB Leipzig, Bournemouth, and Bristol City due to sickness. The duo could, however, return to the fold for the upcoming game, making Manchester City a potentially fully fit squad. Backup goalkeeper Stefan Ortega will also be back after sustaining a hand injury during Manchester City’s win over Bristol City. But he was never expected to feature here anyways, with Ederson likely to return to his position between the sticks for this weekend’s clash. Considering Manchester City operate with a 3-2-4-1 setup in possession, Ruben Dias could retain his place in the middle of the centre-back trio. Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake will continue to operate as the right-sided and left-sided centre-half roles, with Laporte still not fully fit to start.
Up ahead in central midfield, Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan should slot into the double pivot. Guardiola’s attack has started firing again, with Manchester City scoring seven goals in the last two games. Right in front of the double pivot is where we expect Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne to be deployed as the advanced No. 8s, with the latter set to be restored to the starting XI after missing the last two games through illness. The former will push the team up the field with his creativity and relentless press, all instrumental to Manchester City’s new style of play.The Citizens – who have set up a quarter-final tie with Vincent Kompany’s Burnley later this month – had previously cruised to a 4-1 win away against Bournemouth in the Premier League to ensure that they remain in touch with leaders Arsenal in the title race.
The reigning champions still have some catching up to do, though, as they remain five points behind the Gunners with 13 games to play, while in-form rivals Manchester United are hunting them down in third, sitting six points further back with a game in hand. Following a lengthy period away from the Etihad Stadium, Pep Guardiola’s side will welcome a return to home soil, with four of the next five matches to be played on the blue side of Manchester including Saturday’s clash with Newcastle, who the Citizens have beaten in each of their last 13 Premier League home meetings – only Everton against Fulham (14) have ever had a longer winning home run against an opponent in the division.
Man City currently boast the best home record in this season’s Premier League, accumulating 31 points from a possible 36 available, with a 2-1 defeat to Brentford and a 1-1 draw with Everton the only blots on their copybook. The Citizens have also scored a total of 41 league goals on home soil so far this term, more than any other team in England’s top-four divisions. Guardiola’s side should have few problems finding the net against Newcastle, as they have scored in each of their previous 28 league meetings with the Magpies, but keeping the ball out of the net could prove challenging having kept just three clean sheets in their last 16 top-flight matches, a surprisingly poor run of form on the defensive front that needs to be addressed if they wish to close down Arsenal at the summit.
Newcastle supporters have had plenty to cheer about this season and the Toon Army were in full voice as their side took to the Wembley pitch for the first time since 1999 for Sunday’s EFL Cup final. However, hopes of lifting their first major domestic trophy for 68 years were quashed at the hands of Man United, who came out on top to secure a 2-0 victory courtesy of first-half strikes from Casemiro and Marcus Rashford. The euphoria of lifting silverware could have acted as a catalyst to turn their recent league form around, but Eddie Howe has insisted that their cup final heartache will not affect their efforts to push for Champions League qualification.