Manuel Pellegrini takes charge of his first competitive match in charge of City and, after spending over £50 million this summer, expectations are high.
City come into this match after a mixed pre season. Pellegrini's men won five and lost four of their games, losing the last two at the start of August.
Despite not struggling to score goals, as shown against AC Milan, where they netted five first-half goals, the defence is far from polished, with Arsenal beating them 3-1 shortly before the season kicked off. Betway unsurprisingly price City at 3/10 (1.30) to come away with three points here, though.
Newcastle, on the other hand, have had a solid pre-season this summer, losing the one game against Rio Ave in July, winning three and drawing two. Alan Pardew has not been busy in the transfer window yet, with Oliver Kemen his only permanent signing, but the arrival of Loic Remy on loan from QPR has bolstered the attacking options.
With five players leaving St James's Park this summer, it is safe to say that Pardew and Joe Kinnear may still feel that they have business to do. Betway price them at a long 9/1 (10.00) to cause an upset, with the same firm pricing the draw at 4/1 (5.00).
A bet that stands out in this fixture is the both teams to score at even money (2.00). This seems like a fantastic price when you consider the defensive frailties of City in pre-season. Pellegrini's men conceded eight goals in their last three friendly matches and, with Newcastle netting in every match this summer, its worth taking advantage of this price.
For those looking for more value, the over 3.5 goals bet at 27/20 (2.35) with Betway is also worth a small investment. Goals always seem a certainty when these two teams meet, with this bet paying out in four of their last five head-to-head fixtures.
|Both teams to score at even money (2.00) 1.5pt with Betway||Over 3.5 goals at 27/20 (2.35) 1pt with Betway|
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