Manchester City's ambition to reclaim the EPL title they lost to cross-city rivals Manchester United, begins today when they welcome Newcastle United to the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.
This game will be the first game of newly signed Chilean gaffer, Manuel Pellegrini in the Premier League as they will be hoping to begin a new season on a winning note not minding the ding-dong results produced during their pre-season campaign.
With fellow rivals Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all recording victories in their first game, Pellegrini’s men are expected to gather all maximum points before their teeming supporters. Though their last outing against Arsenal ended in a defeat, they are overwhelming favorites with Ladbrokes to defeat their opponents. They are priced at 3/10 (1.30) according to Ladbrokes.
For Alan Pardew’s Newcastle, they had a great pre-season outing losing just a game against Rio Ave in as many games played. Putting aside these enviable results, they are huge underdogs to grab their first away win of the season. Ladbrokes price them at 11/1 (12.0) to silence their very formidabble host.
The draw is a 9/2 (5.50) play with the same firm.
Unlike Manchester City, Newcastle has been inactive in the transfer market despite doing away with five players at St James’s Park except for the arrival Loic Remy and Oliver Kemen.
A bet that stands out in this fixture is that Manchester City to win either half at 11/4 (3.75) which is worth playing for based on the Citizens’ results at the Etihad Stadium where their fortress lies.
Summer signing Alvaro Negredo is favorites with Ladbrokes to open scoring first in this encounter , and can be backed at odds of 7/2 (4.5) to do so while his strike partner Edin Dzeko who was impressive last season is available at an amazing 11/20 (1.55) to find the back of the net at anytime.
For those looking for more value, the over 3.5 goals bet at 13/10 (2.3) with is also worth a small investment because it has paid off in their five head to head fixtures.