The United Arab Emirates will visit Saudi Arabia in an international clash on Sunda….sorry, we meant Manchester City travels to Newcastle United for a Premier League fixture.
When these two teams get together, it’s a unique anomaly as it features two clubs that are essentially owned by nation-states. Both clubs are owned/managed by investment funds that are directly controlled by the rulers of the country where the fund is located.
Manchester City at Newcastle United FYIs
Kick: 3pm Saturday, Aug 21, 4:30, St. James’ Park
MCFC Team News: go here
Table Place: Man City- 1st, 6pts, +6 GD Newcastle 5th, 4pts, +2 GD
Google Result Probability: Manchester City win 70% Draw 18% Newcastle win 12%
Now we shift from the macro to the micro, from the highest on the club hierarchy to the workers who produce the actual product- football.
City boss Pep Guardiola has a pretty fit squad, so we’re going with a very straightforward and direct first team selection in this one.
Manchester City Starting XI Prediction at Newcastle United
Ederson; Cancelo, Ake, Dias, Walker; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Grealish, Foden, Haaland
Prediction: Manchester City 3, Newcastle United 1
City won’t go unblemished or undefeated this season, but they will make a serious run at their own season points record. Expect them to take all three points with them back to the Etihad.
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