The FA Cup action this weekend will come to a close with a meeting between Newcastle United and Manchester City on Sunday evening. City will be licking their wounds after handing over the Premier League title to Liverpool, but will there be a response by Pep Guardiola’s side?
FA Cup Preview
Manchester City’s grip on the Premier League title was finally loosened this past week, as their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea meant that Liverpool were crowned champions. City were good in that fixture at Stamford Bridge, but defensive errors cost them. Benjamin Mendy was at fault for the first goal, while Fernandinho saw red in the second half after handling the ball on the goal line. Before that defeat, City were excellent in the previous two games as they scored eight goals against Arsenal and Burnley. In the FA Cup this season, City have been dominant. They have scored nine goals in their three games, but this will be the first time that they come up against Premier League opposition. In the last round, Manchester City edged past Sheffield Wednesday with a 1-0 win.
Steve Bruce has done an outstanding job at Newcastle United this season, as the club have secured their Premier League status. The Toon fans have been screaming out for an FA Cup run for the last couple of seasons, and they will be looking to reach the final for the first time since 1999. They have been unbeaten since the restart as they have won and drawn their last two games. The draw came in their last fixture against Aston Villa. Newcastle have played more games in this competition than any other side as they have been taken to two replays. But, they were able to get past Rochdale and Oxford United. Newcastle reached the quarterfinals after beating West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in the previous round.
Newcastle United vs Manchester City Head To Head
City have only beaten Newcastle once in the previous three meetings, with the Magpies claiming one win and there also being one draw between the two sides. The meeting between the two sides earlier in the season was an entertaining game, as they played out a 2-2 draw.
Newcastle United vs Manchester City Prediction
There will be an immediate response from Manchester City this weekend, and that means that Newcastle United could be on the receiving end of a big defeat. The preference would be for City with a -1 handicap.
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