Newcastle United-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, Phil Kitromilides believes the price of 7/5 is worth backing on them doing so again
Manchester City begin the defence of their Premier League with a trip to Newcastle United and Manuel Pellgrini are short priced favourites at 4/6 (1.66) with bet365 to get off to a winning start on Sunday afternoon.

Last weekend saw the Blues roundly beaten by Arsenal in the Community Shield and while essentially that game is just a friendly, City will be desperate to bounce back with a bang now that the season is underway 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' 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 Blues 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 last season.

City have a fantastic record of scoring in the first half and if they manage to net in the opening 45 minutes they should have a great chance of winning at the break and at the full-time and rewarding punters that are backing 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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