Euro 2020 Special
 

Premier League: Coronation Time For Manchester City

Newcastle United vs Manchester City

The 2020/21 Premier League season is basically over at this point as Manchester City are about to be crowned champions for the third time in the last four years.

The Sky Blues have been the best English top-flight club for the whole season. And with three matchdays left, they’ll aim to close their campaign on a great note which will begin when they’ll visit Newcastle United at St. James Park.

Despite their disparity in the standings, taking on Newcastle United should provide a unique challenge for Pep Guardiola’s men.

The Magpies have enjoyed a resurgence by going unbeaten in four of their last five games, and they’ve officially confirmed their top-flight status for next season.

Steve Bruce’s side will also look to wrap up their campaign with a couple more positive Premier League 2021 results, and what better way to do it than springing an upset against the newly-crowned champions who might be on a hangover.

Talking Points

Newcastle United’s young guns are thriving

One main reason why the Magpies are banging in form is because of the emergence of their young stars.

Joe Willock and Allan Saint-Maximin have been instrumental to Newcastle United’s late run – which effectively sealed their fate for next term.

Willock, in particular, has made the most out of his short tenure with the Magpies given he has already scored four goals in 10 games since his loan move from Arsenal in January.

Newcastle United have secured their spot in the Premier League next season
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce during their match against Arsenal

Meanwhile, Saint-Maximin has been one of Newcastle’s main threats at goal since his return from injury last April. The talented Frenchman is their top playmaker with five assists.

With Willock and Saint-Maximin playing well, Newcastle United are expected to hand out long-term deals for both of their young stars. Joe Willock should command a fee of around £20-M, whereas Allan Saint-Maximin is going to be valued north of £40-M.

Several suitors are expected to line up for their services, which is why Steve Bruce has to make a strong pitch as to why they should remain with the club.

The Magpies should get the advantage for Willock’s signature considering how much the 21-year-old is enjoying his time on Tyneside. However, Saint-Maximin’s situation is a bit trickier.

The 24-year-old insists that improvements have to come for Newcastle as competing for the top spots will be his main priority next term.

Overall, Newcastle are headed to a promising direction given their current core and adding a couple more quality signings should do the trick.

Manchester City have their focus on the Champions League

With the Premier League title wrapped up, Pep Guardiola is expected to sideline several key players when they visit Newcastle.

Fortunately for Manchester City, there are no listed players in their injury list which means that he has full control on his lineup selection.

Skipper Kevin De Bruyne did not play in their loss against Chelsea as he is said to be dealing with muscle fatigue. Given that he is well-rested, the Belgian midfielder might get a start on Friday.

Meanwhile, centre-back John Stones is finished serving his three-match ban and he should get his legs underneath him as well versus Newcastle.

Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, and Phil Foden should sit this one out since they have a huge Champions League final to prepare for.

They’ll take on Chelsea in an all-English final on May 30, and we all know how Pep Guardiola is hungry to pick up his first Champions League trophy in 10 years.

History

Manchester City have been utterly dominant against Newcastle United.

In their last 39 matches together, the Sky Blues have won in 26 matches, while the Magpies only won eight times along with five draws.

During their reverse fixture last December, Pep Guardiola’s side won 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium as Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres notched one goal each in the first and second half.