The huge task ahead of Newcastle United v Manchester City and why pundits don’t like their chances at St James’s Park

Manchester City are not only enjoying a perfect start to the season this year, but also boasting a formidable record at St James’s Park – winning 12 of their last 16 visits to Tyneside, having suffered just one defeat in that time .

City won 4-0 in this game last season and former Newcastle United player John Barnes doesn’t see this weekend’s game being much different:

“I think it’s going to be tough for Newcastle and Man City are going to win.” Barnes said BonusCodeBets.

“This game against Man City will not be a reflection on Newcastle.”

“Man City, at the moment, are the best team in the Premier League, looking at their first two games.”

“Eddie Howe is pragmatic in the way he builds his team, depending on the personnel.”

“Will Newcastle play in attack and play an expansive style of football against Man City? I don’t think it’s fair to play this way against Man City.”

A Newcastle United fan waves a team flag as he cheers during a friendly football match between Newcastle United and Athletic Club at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in the north east England on July 30, 2022. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Barnes isn’t the only one scared of the Magpies this weekend, with Paul Merson also tipping the visitors’ odds for victory on Sunday.

“Newcastle have had a good start to the Premier League season, but I can’t see anything other than a Manchester City win.” Merson told Sportskeeda.

“Eddie Howe will look to make it difficult for Cityzens with a plan to hit them on the counter-attack, but Guardiola and Co should still get the three points here to continue their perfect start to the new Premier League campaign.”

Merson’s prediction of 2-1 is slightly better than Chris Sutton who thinks Newcastle will go down 3-1 alongside Pep Guardiola:

Sutton told BBC Sport: “There will be a good atmosphere at St James’ Park and Newcastle could create a chance or two for Callum Wilson.

“I only see a Manchester City win here, though. They haven’t really taken the wrong foot so far.

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