Newcastle United welcome Manchester City to St James’ Park on Wednesday night in the third round of the Carabao Cup. The two sides have already met in the Premier League, with City emerging as 1-0 winners, but Newcastle head into this one off the back of an 8-0 thrashing of Sheffield United. We preview this cup tie by picking out some of the best markets on offer.
Joe Willock and Joelinton remain out of action for Newcastle United. Summer arrival Harvey Barnes was forced off against Sheffield United after 12 minutes with a toe problem, so he is likely to miss out on facing City.
Manchester City are without key figures Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, Mateo Kovacic and Bernardo Silva due to injury. Rodri will serve the first of his three-game suspension against the Magpies, presenting forgotten man Kalvin Phillips with an opportunity to impress Pep Guardiola.
Newcastle United and both teams to score (Yes) @ 10/3
Eddie Howe’s side will be full of confidence heading into this cup tie. They have just picked up a huge 8-0 win in the league, and while against inferior opposition, it could be the spark they needed to rediscover last year’s emphatic form.
For the first time ever in the Premier League, there were eight different scorers as the Magpies crushed the Blades, a manager’s dream. This reiterates that there is an abundance of quality within their ranks and the home advantage could see them hand Manchester City another premature exit.
Guardiola is also likely to rotate his squad. He may be limited due to the list of absentees, but he should still be able to make several changes to hand out opportunities to fringe players and rest his leading men.
Howe will also likely make changes to his lineup, but still have a lot of experience and attacking quality on the pitch, giving them a great chance to progress to the next round.
Anthony Gordon to score or assist @ 7/4
While there is concern for Barnes’ injury, Howe will know that he can depend on his other left-wing option, Anthony Gordon. After replacing Barnes at Bramall Lane on Sunday, Gordon recorded a goal and an assist.
He has started the season strongly and he will head into this Carabao Cup clash in great form, so regardless of Barnes’ current predicament, Gordon would’ve likely been handed the start on Wednesday anyway.
Gordon is always adventurous on the ball. He rarely wants to turn back and is always looking for an opportunity to drive forward and get one-on-one with his full-back. His tenacity and skill always ensures he gets into dangerous positions, whether that be to create goals or score them.