St james’ Park will be the venue, and Manchester City the visitors in this Capital One Cup tie on Wednesday evening. The visitors have a date in the Champions League next week against CSKA Moscow, and Pellegrini is likely to rest most of the his big guns.
Costel Pantilimon will feature in goal, as well as Jesus Navas, Micah Richards and Edin Dzeko, and it is also likely that James Milner will line up against his former team-mates.
The visitors are 3/4 at betVictor to win at St James’ Park, although it’s not easy to be over-confident about their prospects at St James’ Park, and the best value definitely lies with the home side, with Newcastle 4/1 to claim their quarter-final place.
Alan Pardew was less than impressed after Sunderland’s late winner at the Stadium of Light, and his position as manager is far from certain. Mike Ashley has made clear his expectations of Newcastle to be challenging for the top of the Premier League table, however a bit of silverware is much needed to keep the fans happy. They have had very little to cheer about for quite some time.
Papiss Cisse has been absent from the line-ups of late, however it is expected that the Senegal frontman will return for this clash, and is priced by Paddy Power at 9/1 to open the scoring. Loic remy may well remain in attack, with a price of 8/1 for the Frenchman to score first.
There is the potential for an exciting match with plenty of goals, however the teams will be quite evenly matched, and a 2-2 scoreline is a fantastic price at 15/1 with BetVictor.
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