Man City vs Newcastle 20 January 2018: EPL Preview and Predictions

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The Scot was at Old Trafford to see his new team go down 3-0 to Manchester United on Monday night - as Stephen Ireland made his first league start in nearly three years - but Saturday's home game against Huddersfield Town will officially be Lambert's first in charge. I don't think they'll ever be able to come to terms with that. Guardiola's ability to get the best out of every player has been key to the success of this season, and the fact that Fabian Delph has been hugely impressive at left back is testament to that philosophy.

This season, City have pulled out to a 12 point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Meanwhile, manager Pep Guardiola hit out at detractors for focusing on the money they have spent when other clubs have splurged the same but, have not managed to bring in the quantity of players they have. More seriously, the Blues failed to score in three of those games and the boss will miss the services of Pedro and Alvaro Morata, due to their irresponsible red cards during the last match. We feel we need to invest in the summer, with three or four.

Guardiola has been keen to play down the impact that one result may have, and the inevitable backlash is likely to start on Saturday against Newcastle.

He didn't find the net at St James' Park six weeks ago - hitting the woodwork twice - but in a season when he has 19 goals from 26 appearances, his favourite club must be concerned that he has something to prove after his Liverpool performance.

Let us now take a look at the major talking points of the upcoming Premier League weekend. Having won all but two of their league matches this season, Guardiola's side are tipped to return to winning ways against the Magpies.

City are now on a run of 20 Premier League game without defeat against Newcastle, our longest top-flight unbeaten sequence against any side.

Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to ease to victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night.

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With Newcastle unlikely to see enough of the ball to trouble City's backline, I suggest backing City to win to nil at evens with 188BET.

Third placed Liverpool showed against City they can cope without Philippe Coutinho following the Brazil forward's recent move to Barcelona.

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