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Nic Ladds 2nd Oct 2010 - 13:54

Tevez the main Man for City

Moneybags Manchester City can keep up the pressure on the teams at the top as they take on a Newcastle side that haven't won away at Manchester City in over a decade.

Man City (4/9) and their big names have gelled well recently and are unbeaten at home in the league. They have looked strong at the back, conceding just two league goals all season.

Newcastle (7/1) have been inconsistent in their return to the Premier League. They have picked up enough points to sit 10th in the table but they have failed to score more than one goal in five of their six league games.

Luckily Manchester City have enough numbers in the ranks to cover an injury crisis, otherwise they could struggle. Lescott, Balotelli, Wright-Phillips, Bridge, Kolarov, Richards and Zabaleta will all miss the match, considering most of these players would walk in to a lot of Premier League sides - it is testament to the strength of Mancini's squad.

Manchester City have relied on Carlos Tevez for the goals this season, his four makes up more than half of City's seven league goals. While this may limit Man City in the long run, it makes betting on the first goalscorer somewhat easier. 11/4 is available on him bagging his fifth first, the same price is also backable for him to score two or more at any time.

Newcastle have struggled for goals, other than the 6-0 home freak result against Aston Villa. Andy Carroll provides a great outlet away from home though, especially from set-pieces and is 8/1 to score first.

I can't see Newcastle providing much of an attacking threat; they could be happy defending for their lives and trying to escape with a point. For this reason I think the 5/4 on Man City being the only team to score is a cracking price.

A couple of players will face their old clubs in match and could be out to prove a point. Ex-City favourite Joey Barton has had some tough times since he left Eastlands and will be fired up for this match. We have a match winner offer that he will be the first player booked at his old ground and a reasonable 10/1 is available on that.

It seems an age since James Milner played for Newcastle and he is still only 24 years old. I think the 11/4 is a decent price on him scoring against his old club anytime.

I think Manchester City could run riot if they get an early goal against a Newcastle side that have been somewhat over performing. Therefore the Man City -1 on the handicap is a great price at 6/5 and my preference for a scoreline is 3-0 which is a tasty looking 17/2.



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