Manchester City striker boosted to break Newcastle resistance

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Capital One Cup holders Manchester City play host to favourite guests Newcastle in the fourth round and their Montenegrin striker has been boosted to put his name on the Etihad scoreboard first.

In line with the best prices available, Stevan Jovetic has been enhanced from 7/2 out to 9/2 to fire first against Newcastle.

Due to the outrageous form of Sergio Aguero, City’s signing from Fiorentina has found opportunities to get back into the team following a month out understandably difficult.

However, after a very promising half-hour when coming off the bench at West Ham, which almost brought about an equaliser for City, the general consensus is he has definitely done enough to warrant a first start since the end of August.

Before Jovetic suffered another frustrating lay-off when picking up a muscle problem on international duty, he had started the season in highly-promising fashion.

Following on from a prolific pre-season Jovetic really reminded City fans of his predatory instincts when notching a brace in the 3-1 win over Liverpool at the Etihad.

Sadly for him, the former Serie A hitman only featured in one more Premier League game at Stoke before injury struck.

Against Newcastle he has a gilt-edged chance to impress upon Manuel Pellegrini that he’s worthy of displacing Edin Dzeko in the pecking order at the least.

The Magpies have proved to be cannon fodder where City are concerned for a number of years.

Their 2-0 St James’ Park league triumph back in the second week of this season was the 11th time in a row that the champions have beaten the Geordies in all competitions.

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