Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Newcastle United will fall to a 2-0 defeat when they come up against Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
“Manchester City are chasing now,” he wrote in his BBC column.
It was in the North East where Manchester City came unstuck last season, losing 2-1 thanks to goals from Matt Ritchie and Salomon Rondon.
It is hard to go against anything but a Manchester City win when they travel to Newcastle. The Magpies’ front three are simply not causing any side enough trouble at this moment in time, and after the poor defensive efforts against Villa last time out, the away side will definitely smell blood in the final third. Guardiola will be drilling it into his side that they can’t afford to lose any game from between now and the end of the season, and that makes them a dangerous opponent. If there is one area they could take advantage, it is their defence. With the likes of Aymeric Laporte injured, the City backline are there for the taking, but that would mean that Newcastle’s attack will finally need to get their act together, and that is something that looks miles away at this moment in time for the likes of Miguel Almiron and Joelinton.