Opposition Watch: Newcastle United

Fresh off their UEFA Super Cup success Manchester City return to action in the Premier League. Up next they welcome Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United to the Etihad. After last season’s success for Howe’s squad, this game may potentially see City face off against one of this season’s title rivals.

Newcastle United come into this game on the back of a 5-1 demolition of highly fancied Aston Villa on the opening weekend. The Toon dominated a disappointing Villa outfit and showed off their threat up front in the rout. Alexander Isak scored two, and his pace and guile up front will be a major threat to City. There were debut goals from Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes as Newcastle showed signs of improvement from their fantastic season last campaign.

Eddie Howe’s squad looks to have improved via some shrewd transfer business this window. The additions of Sandro Tonali, Harvey Barnes and Tino Livramento thus far have added more quality to the Newcastle squad. Newcastle will be aiming to become title contenders after securing Champions League football last season. The new additions appear to have given the Magpies the quality required to take the next step.

Their manager Eddie Howe has worked wonders with Newcastle. After taking the job in 2021 he has moulded the Toon into one of the better sides in the Premier League. With the backing of the owners, Howe has set about building a team that can consistently contend for league titles and trophies. They will arrive at the Etihad determined to prove they belong at the same table as the treble winners.

A tough test for Pep Guardiola’s squad awaits. A home opener against a potential title rival sets the scene for what promises to be a tough encounter.

Tags Alexander Isak Eddie Howe Harvey Barnes Manchester City Newcastle United Pep Guardiola Sandro Tonali Tino Livramento Treble winners