Manchester City's worst start to a Premier League (PL) campaign across the last ten seasons has seen them lament an ordinary win rate of 50% as a home favourite (W3, D2, L1). However they do possess a better home and away PL record of W4, D2 against clubs to start the round in the bottom half of the table, including two HT/FT doubles with margins of at least two goals.
Now unbeaten in five PL games, Man City will be looking to immediately follow up an away victory with another three points at home, something they didn't manage after their two prior PL away wins (D1, L1). What will be concerning is converting just three of their five opening PL goals at home into victory (D1, L1).
Newcastle haven't earned 20 PL points in their first 14 matches since 2014/15, yet after going winless in their last two league matches (D1, L1) they are on the verge of their longest PL winless run of the season, but haven't lost consecutive PL away fixtures since 2019/20.
Interestingly, just one of Newcastle's six PL road fixtures saw one side lead at the end of both halves, with the team to open the scoring also recording victory just three times (D2, L1). However, Newcastle have earned their above-average unbeaten rate of 66.67% as a travelling outsider (W2, D2, L2) courtesy of recording the game's final goal four times away from home.
Players to watch: City's Raheem Sterling has opened the scoring in all four goalscoring appearances this PL season, having added his fourth last PL matchday. Also on the scoresheet last round was Callum Wilson, who has registered Newcastle's first goal in five of the six PL games in which he's scored.
Hot stat: Both teams have scored in six of the last eight PL H2Hs, with those eight meetings averaging 3.63 goals per fixture (Man City 2.63, Newcastle 1.00).