Man City visit Newcastle in the Capital One Cup fourth round and with money back on all correct score punts if Loic Remy strikes at any time for the hosts, the 21/2 about a 3-0 Citizens victory is the pick here.
The visitors are 57/100 to win the tie in 90 minutes, with the Geordies 17/4 to beat Manuel Pellegrini’s men and the draw 31/10.
City have put at least three past the Magpies in five of their last six encounters.
It was a case of new manager, same scoreline for the Citizens as Pellegrini’s side ran out 4-0 winners of their opening Premier League clash of 2013/14 against Alan Pardew’s boys, emulating their efforts under former gaffer Roberto Mancini in the same fixture just over four months previously.
The Chilean’s charges have scored three in a trio of matches this season and as well as that thumping of Newcastle have battered neighbours Man Utd 4-1 in the Premier League.
They also emphatically avenged their FA Cup final loss to Wigan by hitting Owen Coyle’s side for five without reply in the last round of this competition.
Costel Pantilimon will be eager to keep the pressure on City number one Joe Hart with a top drawer performance.
Giant Romanian international Pantilimon has a live chance of displacing hapless England stopper Hart after the latter’s premature dash from the City goal-line led to his side’s loss against Chelsea last time out in the Premier League.
Pantilimon picked up his fifth clean sheet in seven domestic cup games over the last two seasons in the match against the Latics and will be keen to prove his worth in the north east.
Newcastle drew blanks in each of their next two home games the last time they lost the Tyne/Wear derby.
After Paolo Di Canio’s knee-sliding antics on the St James’ Park surface following Sunderland’s 3-0 win against Newcastle Pardew would have expected a reaction from his players, but a tepid stalemate at West Brom followed by a 6-0 home schooling by Liverpool was all they could offer.
Taking on a City side who have outscored all around them in the Premier League is the last thing the battered Geordies need after a deflating 2-1 defeat against their local rivals and the blue half of Manchester should keep their quest for four trophies on track here with something to spare.