Newcastle United host Manchester City in the pick of the penultimate round of Premier League fixtures this weekend, with both sides desperate for the points.
Top of the table City’s form can only be bettered by the hosts, whose stunning 2-0 victory against Chelsea on Wednesday was their seventh win in eight games.
Two wonder strikes from Papiss Cisse helped keep the Magpies level on points with fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur, and the Senegalese sensation -who now has 13 goals in just 12 appearances – is 8.5 (15/2) with Stan James to open the scoring again
Only the two Manchester clubs have lost fewer games in front of their own fans than Alan Pardew’s men, who will secure a top five finish with three points on Sunday.
Manchester City reclaimed top spot in the Premier League with their 1-0 victory over neighbours Manchester United on Monday.
With their fate now entirely in their own hands, they are odds on to secure their first league title in over forty years.
That was their fourth win in a row, a run that has seen them concede just one goal in the process. Just two more victories will be enough to see them take the trophy from their fierce rivals.
However, all five of City’s defeats this season have come away from home, and with the stakes so high, they will arguably go in to this game with more fear than their opponents.
With this in mind, you might be tempted to back Newcastle to score the first goal of the game, with odds of 3.2 (11/5) offered by 888 Sport.
Manchester City ran out 3-1 winners in the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium back in November, with Sergio Aguero grabbing one of his 22 league goals in what has been an incredible first season in England.