City are a confident choice to shoot down the Magpies.
Newcastle United have won the FA Cup six times but the League Cup, in all of its various guises, has eluded the Tynesiders so far – though they did reach the final in 1976 only to lose to this week’s opponents Manchester City.
A trip to the Etihad is a daunting prospect at any time and City have some bridge-building to do after a disappointing seven days in which they managed to throw away a two-goal lead against CSKA in Moscow and lost at West Ham in the Premier League.
This particular betting preview sees the hosts as nothing other than red-hot favourites for this clash, however.
City are now six points behind Chelsea in the league and that’s a big gap given the fine margins on which the top teams operate nowadays. It could have been worse, of course, had Manchester United not done their near-neighbours a massive favour by scoring an injury-time equaliser against the Blues on Sunday.
United are next up for City in the Premier League and that will be occupying the mind of Manuel Pellegrini but perhaps he shouldn’t take victory over the magpies for granted.
The sides met in the fourth round of this competition last year and City needed extra-time before coming out on top. But that is the only occasion in the last 10 meetings that City haven’t won in 90 minutes.
You have to go back nine years and 18 matches since Newcastle last beat City and United haven’t won in Manchester since the year 2000. But Alan Pardew’s team are in a decent run on the road, being unbeaten in three.
They came from behind to win at Tottenham on Sunday and there have been signs of improvement but winning at the Etihad is a big ask – they’ve managed just one goal against City on the last seven occasions they’ve met while conceding 19 themselves.
Pardew still has injury problems – Emmanuel Riviere, Michael Williamson, Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse, Siem de Jong and Davide Santon are all still absentees. City will be without Samir Nasri and Frank Lampard but otherwise has a strong squad to choose from and enough numbers to launch challenges on several fronts.
It’s hard to see anything but a City win at 2/7 as they have a bit to prove at present. A 3-0 correct score is 6/1 and the home side at 21/20 to keep a clean sheet.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, October 29th at the Etihad.
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