Newcastle - Manchester City Betting Preview: Why the champions can win with few problems

Last season City had an excellent away record of being ahead at both half-time and full-time, and the price of 7/5 is worth backing on them doing so again on Sunday
Manchester City begin the defence of their Premier League with a trip to Newcastle and Manuel Pellgrini's men are short priced favorites at 4/6 (1.66) with bet365 to get off to a winning start on Sunday afternoon.

Last weekend saw City roundly beaten by Arsenal in the Community Shield and, while that game is essentially just a friendly, the reigning league champions will be desperate to bounce back with a bang now that the season is getting under way in earnest.

Newcastle, for their part, had an awful record at home in the Premier League last season, losing seven of their last 10 games at St James's, Park so City should be confident of starting their new campaign on a high.

The Magpies are offered at 17/4 (5.25) to claim a victory while the draw can be backed at 10/3 (4.33) with bet365.

There is a one bet, however, that consistently paid out with City's away matches last season in the Premier League and that is backing the side in blue to win at half-time and full-time, which is offered at the healthy price of 7/5 (2.40) with the same firm.

This bet paid out in all 10 of the Blues' away wins in the top flight last season and looks a great bet once more as they travel to a ground where Newcastle had plenty of struggles in the second half of 2013-14.

City have a fantastic record of scoring in the first 45 minutes and, if they do so again, they should have a great chance of winning at the break and at full-time, rewarding punters who back the 7/5 (2.40) with bet365.

Manchester City half-time/full-time at 7/5 (2.40) for a 2pt stake with bet365

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