Man City vs Newcastle – LIVE Reddit Soccer 08/05/2022
Seeking to quickly dust themselves down after their heartbreaking Champions League exit in midweek, Manchester City will bid to keep their Premier League title hopes alive when they welcome Newcastle United to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Citizens cruised to victory in the reverse fixture against the Magpies when they won 4-0 at St James’ Park in December. With a 5-3 aggregate lead heading into stoppage time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Manchester City were seemingly on course to reach their second successive Champions League final and set up an all-English showdown with Liverpool.
The Citizens could have put the tie to bed had Jack Grealish found the net with two glorious chances in the closing stages, but those missed opportunities – along with the plethora of squandered chances missed in the first leg – proved costly as a calamitous collapse in stoppage time saw Real Madrid level the tie courtesy of a late Rodrygo brace, before Karim Benzema netted from the penalty spot in extra time to send City crashing out in heartbreaking fashion. City’s painful wait for Champions League glory goes on, but Pep Guardiola, his players and the fans have no other option but to rise from the canvas and turn their focus to the Premier League title race, as they bid to end the season on a high with domestic success.
At the time of writing, the Citizens are positioned at the summit, sitting one point clear of quadruple-chasing Liverpool in second, and victory in each of their final four league fixtures will see them crowned as champions for the fourth time in five years. City will be confident of success on Sunday as they have lost only one of their last 28 league games against Newcastle, winning each of their last 12 on home soil in the process.
As for Newcastle (43 points), a top-half finish is looking likelier and likelier after a truly disastrous start to the season (winless in their first 14 games – 0W-7D-7L). Under Eddie Howe, the Magpies have risen to 10th in the Premier League table, just one point off 9th-place Brighton, yet only three points clear of 15th-place Southampton. The mid-table battle rages on and changes from one game to the next. In the UK, Sunday afternoon’s match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. BBC Match of the Day will also show full match highlights from around
Guardiola’s men have had no problems finding the net in the Premier League, scoring 16 times in their last five outings. City have also scored 17 in their last five league encounters against the Magpies so they will be hoping for more joy in front of goal this weekend.
Since the turn of the year, only Liverpool (41) and Man City (33) have accumulated more Premier League points than Newcastle (32), who have been transformed under the tutelage of Eddie Howe.
Fears of relegation are long gone and a top-10 finish – which was unthinkable earlier this season – is now a distinct possibility for the Magpies, who currently sit 10th in the table and 11 points clear of the drop zone.
Victories in April against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Norwich City have seen Newcastle catapult up the table, but they were unable to claim a fifth successive victory last weekend as they were condemned to a slender 1-0 loss at home to Liverpool. That defeat at St James’ Park was in fact their first in the league on home soil since losing 4-0 to Man City back in December.
Manchester City will aim to bounce back from their heartbreaking Champions League exit against Real Madrid when they face Newcastle United in the Premier League. Manchester City had both feet in the UEFA Champions League final as stoppage time approached in their semi-final second leg at Real Madrid, only to hit the self-destruct button, allowing the 13-time European champions to score twice in the dying embers to turn the game on its head. Los Blancos struck again in extra time to knock the Cityzens out of the competition.
Their Champions League elimination at the Santiago Bernabéu means that, despite all the cash splashed, the Sky Blues have yet to win the European Cup since their takeover in 2008. Their dramatic late collapse in the Spanish capital would have been a soul-crushing experience for Pep Guardiola’s side. But they will need to get over it instantly and shift their focus to domestic affairs in the Premier League.
Having already been dumped out of both cup competitions, retaining the Premier League title represents City’s only hope of landing silverware this season. However, they face a resurgent Newcastle United side eager to leave their mark on this season’s epic battle for the Premier League title between Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Guardiola’s City.
Newcastle fell to their first home defeat of the year against City’s title rivals Liverpool only last weekend losing 1-0, which also snapped their four-game winning run. However, that in itself goes to show the progress they have made in recent months. The Magpies were all over the shop before Eddie Howe’s mid-season managerial appointment.
Competent coaching, enthusiasm around St James’ Park following the takeover and some astute January business mean they have been in fantastic form since the start of 2022. They have gone from relegation trouble to looking to consolidate their place in the top half of the table. But with two of their final three games against Manchester City and Arsenal, it will be easier said than done for the Toon.
The hosts thumped Newcastle 4-0 in the reverse fixture at St James’ Park. With Liverpool going to the top of the table following their 1-1 draw against Tottenham on Saturday, the pressure will be on Manchester City to reclaim the top spot and expand their lead at the top to three points with a win.
The Magpies will be keen to return to winning ways on Sunday, and while victory would do Jurgen Klopp’s side a huge favour in the title race, Howe will be mindful of the threat a fired-up Man City outfit will pose, as he has lost all 11 of his Premier League meetings against them, the worst 100% losing record a manager has against a single opponent in the competition.