English Premier League Report: Manchester City v Newcastle United 20 January 2018

Florence Fletcher
January 22, 2018

Those hopes were extinguished by Aguero, who completed a "perfect" hat-trick of header, right and left-foot strikes, after a mazy Leroy Sane run seven minutes from time.

City were all over Newcastle for the entire first half, dominating the ball and keeping their opponents penned into their own defensive third for long periods.

Newcastle United are a team that is not playing well. The Argentine scored three and posted an assist against Watford on September 16.

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The Argentine's first goal was surrounded by some doubt, however, as it was originally unclear whether Aguero got a touch on De Bruyne's cross - though the Premier League later confirmed it was his goal.

After the break the home side looked to build on their slender advantage and were duly rewarded on the hour mark as Raheem Sterling was brought down in the penalty area by Newcastle full-back Javier Manquillo.

"And you go through any champions, World Cup, Premier League, European Championships, European Cups, tell me a team that has won anything without a good, in-form goalkeeper? He's more of a winger, No. 10, but we are not going to buy a striker". Meanwhile, an 18-game winning run set a new league record.

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After being stunned by Liverpool in their first league defeat of the season just a week ago, Manchester City hosted a determined Newcastle United side for their Matchday 24 clash in the Premier League.

"Every game we have to execute whatever gameplan he gives us, and that'll be the case against City".

An ungracious Jose Mourinho railed against the injustice of the result and there is nothing the Burnley faithful will want more than a victory over a United side who trail City by 12 points.

Guardiola admitted that he has discussed targets for this season's final 14 league games with his players as he believes it is beneficial to look "forwards".

Pep Guardiola's side are 3/1 favourites with Sky Bet to win the Champions League for the first time, followed by PSG (5/1), Bayern Munich (11/2) and Barcelona (13/2), but Merson says the manager should be anxious after seeing their capitulation and thinks Manchester United have as good a chance as City of winning the crown.

"When Manchester United, Liverpool and the other clubs in Europe do what they do, I respect". This week they expect the Reds to win easily, but that expectation can be a threat in itself.

Although City's lead at the top was cut to 12 points following Manchester United beating Stoke on Tuesday (Jan 16), they remain firm favourites for the title.

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