Sunday’s second instalment contains all the juiciness of a slightly over-ripe pear on paper, as free-scoring champions Manchester City visit an unpredictable Newcastle side replete with some attractive summer signings.
Not surprisingly, City are seen as the much more likely victors by Ladbrokes at 4/6, with the draw at 16/5 and the home win a princely-sounding 4/1.
However, bamboozled about by the final destination of these three points we’ve opted for three different recommended bets instead:
This fixture is the reverse of the opening-day clash from last season where Manuel Pellegrini’s swashbuckling side set their title-winning stall out early by flattening Newcastle 4-0.
A repeat of that scoreline feels unlikely given City’s strangely off-beat Community shield surrender to Arsenal 3-0.
However, it’s those defensive frailties and the fact that the Citizens both scored and conceded in their five previous pre-season friendlies which add extra credence to this bet.
Holding that thought a while longer this bet feels like it’s got s decent chance of landing at fairly good odds, made a little chunkier by the fact the Magpies failed to score in three meetings last term.
Newcastle have both score and conceded in four of their eight pre-season games, netting a healthy average of two goals per game.
The former Ajax skipper is a class act and could turn out to be one of the Premier League signings of the summer as a regular scorer of goals in the Dutch top flight, from a support striker of number 10 role.
De Jong hit the ground running for Alan Pardew in pre-season by notching in his first two Newcastle appearances and could even start as the most advanced player against City.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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