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Sky Sports look at why Newcastle United are Manchester City ‘bogey’ team

5 days ago
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Sky Sports have posed the question as to why Manchester City have struggled against Newcastle United in recent meetings on Tyneside.

The last four meetings at St James Park have produced scorelines of:

Newcastle United 1 Manchester City 1, Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 1, Newcastle United 2 Manchester City 1, Newcastle United 2 Manchester City 2.

Only one win in four for the visitors with two draws and that defeat in January.

It is not just the results but also the failure of Manchester City to score the goals they usually do elsewhere.

2015/16 – 71 goals

2017/18 – 106 goals

2018/19 – 95 goals

2019/20 – 39 goals (in 14 games)

In all of these four seasons Manchester City are scoring for fun apart from at St James Park, only five in four games.

I think there are a few reasons.

The main one is that Newcastle have a very good disciplined defence with very good individuals making up an even stronger unit.

With limited funds, Rafa Benitez focused on making sure he got the defence right and made some great signings such as Dubravka, Fernandez, Schar and Lejeune. He also then introduced the three centre-back system and that has worked remarkably well.

After trying a different system with the team, Steve Bruce has admitted that the way Rafa laid out the team was a better one and bringing in Jetro Willems has also been a positive.

Sky Sports ask if Newcastle are now a ‘bogey’ team for Man City and the definition is:

‘A bogey is something or someone that people are worried about, perhaps without much cause or reason.’

Maybe NUFC have got into their heads/under their skin but I think it is more simple than that, just great commitment and discipline when up against better players and then scoring some great goals when the rare opportunities have came along.

It is like that old adage, the harder you work the luckier you get.

What also looks massive for Manchester City this season, is that their defence looks really shaky, especially with Laporte missing. With Vana Dijk, Liverpool look to have the biggest advantage over their title rivals. Man City have conceded 16 goals in 14 games and last season they let in only 23 in their entire 38 Premier League games.

Sky Sports report:

‘Magpies get under City’s skin again

Just what is it about Newcastle, who appear to be a bit of a bogey team – if that is possible, of course – as far as Premier League champions Manchester City are concerned?

The Magpies were at it again on Saturday after twice coming from behind to hold Pep Guardiola’s star-studded side at St James’ Park, albeit with the help of a late Jonjo Shelvey thunderbolt, and leave them now trailing leaders Liverpool by 11 points.

It was Newcastle who also put a big dent in City’s title hopes last season when Rafa Benitez’s team recovered from conceding after just 24 seconds to Sergio Aguero to secure a memorable 2-1 victory.

While the home team – now managed by Steve Bruce – did not record a victory this time around, their spirited draw meant Newcastle are now unbeaten in each of their last four home league games against reigning top-flight champions.

City, meanwhile, recovered from that surprise loss to go on to win the league last season, but can they repeat that remarkable recovery this time around?’

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