Paul Merson is tipping Manchester Metropolis to edge to a slender win towards Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon regardless of admitting that this fixture is “one to control” after their Champions League exit final week.
The Residents may finish the season with a trophy until Pep Guardiola’s facet are in a position to recover from the road within the Premier League title race following their 3-1 loss to Actual Madrid within the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
Manchester Metropolis squandered a 5-3 combination lead and 1-0 benefit on the evening to lose 3-1 to the Spanish giants within the second leg of their Champions League semi-final to finish Guardiola’s hopes of securing European glory this time period.
The Eastlands outfit misplaced to Liverpool FC within the FA Cup semi-final final month to depart the defending Premier League champions now simply combating with Jurgen Klopp’s males for the top-flight crown.
Manchester Metropolis have gained six of their final eight Premier League video games, solely dropping factors in a stalemates with Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC.
Newcastle had their four-game successful run ended by Liverpool FC final weekend after the Reds secured a 1-0 victory over Eddie Howe’s males because of Naby Keita’s first-half aim.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is backing Manchester Metropolis to safe a 2-0 win over the Magpies at The Etihad on Sunday – however conceded there’s a small probability of an upset if the Residents endure a Champions League hangover.
“Newcastle are a superb crew, however Manchester Metropolis will nonetheless win as a result of they’re the higher crew total,” Merson advised Sportskeeda. “That stated, that is undoubtedly one to control as I’m unsure how a lot the UCL loss will have an effect on them.”
Manchester Metropolis – who have been knocked out of the League Cup by West Ham United again in October – will journey to Wolves within the Premier League on Wednesday evening, with Liverpool FC taking over Aston Villa the following earlier than.