Having seen them return to their scintillating best over the past week, there’ll be a queue of punters desperate to back Manchester City to beat Newcastle United before their price dips below the 1/2 threshold.
Their odds of 11/20 to conquer the Magpies surely won’t last long, but, as generous as this offer is, why bother with it when there’s a 33/20 up for grabs about the away win to nil?
Manuel Pellegrini has star centre-back Vincent Kompany back in the fold for the trip to Tyneside, though recent performances of Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala suggest the Citizens have no need to call upon their captain in order to obtain a flawless victory.
In their previous outing they shut out the champions of England on their own patch, beating Chelsea 3-0 thanks to a Sergio Aguero hat-trick, while in the game before that Kevin De Bruyne’s strike enabled them to overcome the reigning kings of France, Paris Saint-Germain by a 1-0 scoreline.
These bagels were the fourth and fifth the Etihad outfit have recorded from their previous nine outings.
However, it’s not only recent form that promises an away win to nil.
Across the previous eight renewals between these two, Newcastle have found the net in just two games.
One of these was a 2-0 road win in the 2014/15 Capital One Cup, the other was a consolation strike in the 6-1 drubbing endured in the corresponding fixture this term.
December 2012 was the last season in which the Toon breached City’s rearguard in front of the faithful and even that goal was in vain. Discounting their after-extra-time 2-0 win in the 2013/14 Capital One Cup (which was goalless at full time) October 2008 was the last time Pellegrini’s troops failed to prevail at St James’ Park.
Including the aforementioned League Cup success, each of their previous seven sojourns to this corner of the north east, the Citizens have claimed the spoils by a two-goal deficit, rendering the 13/5 about either team winning by the same margin this time a decent insurance policy should our initial wager fail.