The FA Cup rolls on into Sunday with a big-time showdown to wrap up another profitable betting day of soccer, as two Premier League clubs will compete for a spot in the semi-finals.
Both Newcastle and Manchester City missed out on Premier League glory, and while those campaigns likely fell short of their own expectations, the FA Cup does offer these proud squads another opportunity for some added money and success.
For Man City, a solid year was mostly undone by an absolutely dominant one from league winners, Liverpool. Though City still have a shot at the Champions League in August, they’ll be trying to add as many trophies to their empty case this season as possible.
Their Premier League rivals from Newcastle won’t just roll over, as the Magpies have endured great success in the FA Cup historically. Newcastle have been playing better of late, especially since the break, and manager Steve Bruce has a knack of getting his groups to play up to their competition.
In a do-or-die approach, the FA Cup matches have surely been exciting since the restart. Will Man City continue their quest for silverware? Or can Newcastle get some momentum going of their own with another deep FA Cup run? Read on beneath the posted odds for a game preview, tactical analysis, and betting prediction for Man City v. Newcastle in England’s prestigious FA Cup competition. Enjoy!
Manchester City vs. Newcastle Betting Odds:
Man City (-435)
Over 3.5 (+130)
Under 3.5 (-150)
Man City -1.5 (-130)
Newcastle +1.5 (+110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Note: These odds do not account for extra-time. Only 90-minutes.
Manchester City vs. Newcastle Pick:
Though Manchester City do need to go on the road for this FA Cup quarter-final, without fans at St. James’ Park, don’t expect a steep learning curve and adjustment phase for Pep Guardiola’s veteran group.
Newcastle’s home stadium can be a difficult venue to win away in, though Man City have the quality and depth to be able to handle all situations. And that’s a good thing given their injury concerns heading into the match. Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Phil Foden, John Stones, and Fernandinho are all unavailable for this clash, meaning Guardiola will definitely need to try out some new faces in new places.
It’s also worth noting that City do have a big Liverpool clash coming up in the Premier League, though with the title decided and settled, it remains to be seen how seriously either side will take that match.
For Sunday though, look for City to line-up in their familiar 4-3-3 formation, focusing on attacking football, and using that flexibility up front for wide attacks and generating chances from possession. Even with some injuries and suspensions, this lineup remains elite, and far better than Newcastle’s top choices. A front-three attacking trio of Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez, and Gabriel Jesus is absolutely elite – and should keep the Newcastle back-line on their heels.
That’s all bad news for a Newcastle group that also won’t have the luxury of being fully fit. Unfortunately for Steve Bruce though, he obviously does not boast the same depth as his counterparts. It is believed that key players Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, and Matt Ritchie are all serious doubts to suit up vs. City. That will likely force Bruce to move some of his better striking options into the midfield, and go with a Dwight Gayle and Andy Caroll forward partnership up top. That duo won’t scare the City back-line.
Though Newcastle enter in good form and have come out of the break looking better than they did in early March, this is a huge test and a step-up in class they just aren’t ready for. The injuries certainly don’t help, as nobody within their defense or midfield will be capable of shutting down de Bruyne, and with Man City not winning the league – the motivation is definitely there to dominate the FA Cup from here on out. Expect another stellar and clinical outing from City. Backing them on the handicap seems to be a chalky choice, but a logical bet to end off an exciting Sunday of soccer action.
Pick: Man City 3-1