The third match of three FA Cup Sixth Round ties played on Sunday takes place at St James Park where locals Newcastle United take on Manchester City from 18:30 GMT. As with all professional football matches played in the UK this summer, the game will be decided behind closed doors, fans left to follow the live TV coverage available. It promises to be a game worth tuning in for.
This will be the second game of the season involving Newcastle and Man City following the pair’s dramatic 2-2 draw at this venue in November of last year. The Magpies were expected to lose, despite enjoying home advantage, but proved a match for their opponents, twice fighting back to level and take a point from the game.
Man City won’t win the Premier League title this season, earning their third in as many years. Liverpool will end as deserving winners of that prize but the Cityzens do have a chance to collect a domestic trophy double, following their narrow win over Aston Villa in the EFL Cup back in March. To have any chance of achieving that they must first shoot down the Magpies.
Newcastle six-time winners of the FA Cup
Newcastle United fans may have been starved of FA Cup success in recent seasons, but the competition’s history shows the Magpies have won this trophy no less than six times throughout their history. Newcastle first got their hands on the FA Cup back in 1910 and followed that with success in 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952 and 1955. The most recent win came in the form off a 3-1 over Man City at Wembley Stadium in front of 100,000 spectators. Milburn, Mitchell, and Hannah scored for the Newcastle, Johnstone notching a consolation goal for Man City. Followers of the home team would dearly love something close to a repeat performance this weekend.
In the Premier League, the home team have been able to keep the relegation zone at arm’s length and look likely to protect their place in the top tier of English football for another season. They returned from lockdown with a confidence-boosting 3-0 win over high-flying Sheffield United at this venue on 21 June. After Egan had been sent off for the Blades, Saint-Maximin, Ritchie and Joelinton all scored to give Newcastle a deserved three points.
We last saw Steve Bruce’s side in FA Cup action on Tuesday 3 March when edging Championship title contenders West Brom 3-2 in what was a fascinating clash. Almiron netted a double that day before Lazaro scored his side’s third goal. The Baggies were 3-0 down after only 47 minutes but fought back to force a nervy finish to the game, Phillips and Zohore on the scoresheet in the second half.
Man City defending champions
Manchester City have also won the FA Cup six times throughout their history, ending as runner up on another five occasions. They claimed their first prize in 1904 before collecting the silverware in 1934, 1956, 1969, 2011 and 2019. The most recent success in that list came at Wembley Stadium last May when hammering London side Watford 6-0 in what was a one-sided contest, the win proving far easier than man expected. Jesus netted a double that day and there were goals for Silva, De Bruyne and a late Sterling brace.
The visiting side went into this season targeting a third Premier League title in three years. Pep Guardiola’s men were favourites with many followers of English football to continue their dominance, but they ran into a determined and talented Liverpool side. The Reds exploded out of the traps, leaving Man City and the chasing pack choking in their dust. Fans of the Cityzens would have liked their team to be more competitive but there’s no denying Liverpool are worthy winners.
Man City were last spotted on FA Cup action when beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 away from home. A more comfortable winning margin was expected against lower league opposition, but Guardiola sent out a weakened side that day and were almost made to pay the price. Aguero scored what turned out to be the winning goal early in the second half. The scoreline suggests a close match but Man City never looked like losing that day.
Newcastle vs Man City prediction
On league form and the recent efforts of both sides in the FA Cup it’s understandable to see Man City head to St James Park as favourites among punters. They are chasing a domestic cup double and have every chance of getting it. That would help make up for losing their Premier League prize to Liverpool and would give fans another match to follow at Wembley Stadium.
Newcastle enjoy home advantage and will be eager to make it count. They understand the size of the task ahead of them in eliminating Man City, but this is a one-off match where recent form can be ignored. Man City are likely to win this, but the FA Cup is famous for throwing up at least one upset in each round. The Magpies will play without fear.
FA Cup odds
The long list of betting markets for this match will leave some spoiled for choice when it comes to making their predictions. In the match-winner betting, Manchester City are odds favourites and there’s no great surprise in that. The visitors are 19/100 to win the game. Fancy the upset? Newcastle are 14/1 or there’s 625/100 for this tie to end in a draw.
In the specials, yes from the both teams to score market is 11/10 or there’s 7/10 if taking no from the same list. How many goals could this game produce? We got four when Newcastle and Man City last met at this venue. More than three on Sunday is 97/100 with under 3.5 goals available at 4/5. Bettors confident on the away side can have Man City -2.5 goals on the handicap at 6/5. Some of these markets would also be available in-play