Manuel Pellegrini set to field the reserves ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby
BETTING TIP: Newcastle or Draw @ 45/17 with 888sport
Manchester City might have won the Capital One Cup last season although the English champions have bigger fish to fry this term, with a return of two points from their first three Champions League games.
Defeat at West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday renders Sunday’s Manchester derby vitally important and City are too short to beat Newcastle in normal time on Wednesday night.
Coral offer 1/3 about a home victory although the Magpies are in the groove after coming from behind to win at White Hart Lane and Alan Pardew could yet win his first piece of silverware at St James’ Park.
Bet365 offer 10/1 about a team that triumphed at Selhurst Park in the last round and have won their last two Premier League matches after a winless start which had fans calling for Pardew’s head.
At the very least, the visitors can land a draw in this game and that’s on offer at 5/1 with bet365, with 888sport going 45/17 that there’s an away win or a draw in this match.
Samir Nasri could return for City in this game although Newcastle forward Sammy Ameobi is feeling confident about his team’s chances.
Ameobi told the Newcastle Chronicle ahead of the game: “We are going to take confidence from this.
“Hopefully we can take that to Manchester City and anything is possible if we go out with the right attitude and the right fight.
“We are looking forward to it. We know we had a tough start to the season.
“We have had to stick together and fight and we’ve done that and we’ve ended up with two wins from two games – hopefully we can kick on now.”