Man City vs. Newcastle Soccer Pick: Expect A Home Team Victory for This Premier League Fixture

Nikki Adams

Friday, February 20, 2015 2:55 PM GMT

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 2:55 PM GMT

Manchester City take on Newcastle United in week 26 EPL betting, looking to extend their winning form to two in a row. Join us as we preview this top-flight fixture and serve up our soccer free picks.

Man City: Title Race Still On
Man City may be seven points off pacesetters Chelsea in the table, but the title race isn't over yet with 13 games left to play. Not to mention, Man City's  resurgence on match day 25, highlighted by a 4-1 win over Stoke City, was an obvious notice being served that the race is back on. Lest you've forgotten, the Citizens pulled level with Chelsea from eight points back already once this season; they can certainly do so again. That's an ominous sign for Chelsea. Is it any wonder Chelsea fans the world over are twitching nervously?

Chelsea appear divinely ordained to win the Premier League title at -800 future odds, but if there were a side capable of overhauling "The Chosen Ones" it would be Man City, who are still in play on lively +650 future odds. Initiated soccer bettors must remember the 2011-2012 season when Man City spectacularly usurped Man United atop the table in the final lap of top-flight. Didn't they also sneak up on Liverpool in the final weeks of last season to pilfer the precious trophy?

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Man City Have Momentum Again
There have been several bumps on the road since the New Year as Manuel Pelligrini's Citizens visibly struggled to win top-flight fixtures. And if that wasn't painful enough, the ultimate humiliation came in a loss to Middlesbrough in FA Cup. Let the record show, they went a modest 3-3-2 in all competitions (2-3-1 in Premier League alone) in the second half of the season.

It's no coincidence that their dip in form coincided with the temporary departure of Yaya Toure, who was busy plundering silverware in the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) all this time. Fortunately, the midfielder – who has won each of his last nine starts for Man City –  is slated to return soon, brimming with confidence and momentum after winning Ivory Coast's maiden Afcon title in an unbelievable 9-8 win on penalties over Ghana in the final. And the timing of his return couldn't be better, coinciding with Man City finding their mojo at Britannia Stadium.

Man City are sat pretty in second place in the table with a 15-7-3 record and 52 points, which includes a 7-3-2 record at the Etihad and an 8-4-1 record on the road. On Saturday, the Citizens welcome the Magpies at the Etihad in what is a certain must-win fixture if they hope to keep their title bid alive.

Judging by the lopsided soccer betting market, odds makers have Man City poised to secure what would appear to be relatively easy three points; that is, Man City are trading at -333 soccer odds and Newcastle United are trading on whopping +1000 soccer odds.

Telegraphing this matchup in this way may seem disingenuous, if not unfair towards the visitors who did beat Man City 2-0 at the Etihad in League Cup earlier this season. That said, it was their first win over their far superior opponents this side of the decade, which includes six straight defeats, five of which they were held scoreless. It's really going to take something special, therefore, by the Magpies to replicate that performance in week 26 EPL betting.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict: Man City to continue building momentum
If Man City are to make it a dogfight to the end, now is the time to turn things around when they have momentum and Toure back. The timing of the win over Stoke City couldn't have been better. What's more, it marked Man City's first win at Britannia Stadium after a long stretch of no having joy there. That's going to be a confidence boost for them. It's also exactly the sort of statement that has soccer bettors believing Man City are building up to something brilliant. No side is better than Man City when it comes to turning things around and building on momentum. They're like a dog with a bone. Hence, they are our recommended soccer pick at -333 in this clash.

Soccer Picks: Man City -333

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