Manchester City-Newcastle United Preview


Manchester City haven't lost to Newcastle United in over eight years, and that seems unlikely to change.

City will look to build on another goal haul as they attempt to stretch their overall unbeaten run to 15 matches by beating the Magpies for the 10th time in a row on Sunday.

The Citizens (14-2-4) are 13-2-0 over their last 15 meetings in all competitions with Newcastle, dating back to a 1-0 loss at St. James' Park on Sept. 24, 2005. The dominance since then includes a nine-game winning streak for Manchester City, in which they have outscored the Geordies by a staggering 25-5.

City have kept that run going this season, winning 2-0 away in the Capital One Cup on Oct. 30. They also emerged with a 4-0 thrashing in the opening fixture of the Premier League on Aug. 19, holding an 11-1 advantage on shots on target.

Goals continue to be easy to come by for Man City, who leads the league with 57 - 11 more than the next club (Liverpool) heading into this weekend.

The scoring barrage continued in the first semi-final leg of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, with Manuel Pellegrini's side beating West Ham United 6-0 to improve to 12-2-0 in all competitions.

"It's important for all big teams to win every competition they are in and that's what we are trying to do," manager Pellegrini told the team's official website of City's chase for four trophies.

City are 8-1-0 in league play over that stretch since unexpectedly falling 1-0 at relegation-threatened Sunderland on Nov. 10. They're 3-1-0 on the road since, outscoring foes 11-7.

Another big effort from Alvaro Negredo could keep Man City rolling as they try to close in on the top spot in the league.

The Spanish forward hit a hat-trick on Wednesday, giving him 18 goals in 29 games across all competitions.

"That Alvaro is having such a good first season in England doesn't surprise me at all because I've known what he is capable of after watching him for many years in Spain," Pellegrini said.

Negredo, though, has scored just one of his eight league goals on the road, and that came in a 3-2 defeat at Cardiff on Aug. 25. He's gone eight away matches without a tally.

Still, Pellegrini liked what he saw from Negredo on Wednesday, especially in combination with Edin Dzeko, who scored twice. The Bosnia international also had a goal at St. James' Park on Oct. 30.

"I was pleased he linked up so well with Dzeko because maybe that hasn't always worked as well at times as it did (Wednesday), but the more they play together, the better they get," Pellegrini said.

Newcastle (10-3-7) have lost three straight matches after falling 2-1 at home to Cardiff City in the FA Cup last weekend. The goal by Papiss Cisse stands as the Magpies' only tally during the losing streak, which followed a 5-1 home win over Stoke City in league play on Boxing Day.

Loic Remy had a brace in that match, but those are his only two goals in nine matches. Despite the poor stretch, the French forward leads Newcastle with 10 goals.

Of Newcastle's last 33 goals in the Premier League, 30 have been scored by players born in France.