Newcastle United will play host to Manchester City in a televised Carabao Cup fixture at St James’ Park on Wednesday evening at 8pm.
The Magpies smashed Premier League records with their 8-0 thrashing of Sheffield United, while Manchester City required a late goal to win 2-1 at Bramall Lane.
The Blades’ performance was noticeably inferior to that of the one against City, but it nevertheless demonstrates how dangerous the Toon can be.
It was the first time in Premier League history that eight different scorers had found the net.
Having held AC Milan to a 0-0 draw in the San Siro just days before the 8-0 win, Wednesday’s tie is a harsh induction to what it means to compete on all fronts.
City are used to the quick turnarounds and opted to make just three changes at the weekend, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a number of new faces feature here.Despite City’s dominant record against Newcastle, it’s only natural they’ll have one eye on a nine-day period that sees them face Wolves, RB Leipzig and crucially, title rivals Arsenal.
The picture isn’t that much different for the Mags as they’ll face Burnley, Paris Saint-Germain and West Ham in that same window of time.
Pep Guardiola’s joke about playing himself after their weekend win suggests that he is considering heavily rotating his squad.
That opens the door to a cupset if it’s fair to call it that. While the Toon may not possess the quality City do, there’s no doubt that they have a deeper squad at present.
There’s so much uncertainty surrounding this fixture that odds about 2/1 for a Newcastle win are too tempting to ignore.
After all, there’s a chance Eddie Howe could seize the opportunity to get one over on the European champions.
- Newcastle United 2-1 Man City
- Newcastle United to win
- Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score