“We will fight until the end” Pep on title race with Arsenal

Manchester City hope to cut the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal to just two points when they host Newcastle United this afternoon.

Pep Guardiola’s men trail by five points after a run of three consecutive victories for the Gunners has left them in charge of the title race. During that run, City dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest but responded with a 4-1 hammering of Bournemouth. A further victory over Bristol City in the FA Cup has rebuilt confidence in the team and with Phil Foden firing once again the champions will be tough to deal today.

Newcastle may also be there for the taking. After an impressive start to the season Eddie Howe’s men are stumbling. They have won just one league game in seven and have fallen out of the top four. To add insult to injury Newcastle where also beaten by Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final and now must bounce back at the Etihad. Nick Pope will return after being suspended for that match and should provide some stability for the backline. Can Newcastle shock Guardiola’s men?

Follow all the action as Man City host Newcastle in the early Premier League kick off:


Man City 1-0 Newcastle

27 mins: Great defending from Jamaal Lascelles. Kevin De Bruyne slots a forward pass into the Newcastle box with Erling Haaland chasing after it.

Lascelles goes with the Norwegian striker and holds him at bay long enough for Nick Pope to get out and scoop up the loose ball. A frustrated Haaland shakes his head after the attack breaks down.

Michael Jones4 March 2023 12:59


Man City 1-0 Newcastle

24 mins: Newcastle create a half-chance to equalise but Sean Longstaff’s effort is charged down by Nathan Ake.

Though not as threatening as Foden, Jack Grealish is having a fair bit of joy on the left wing too. He’s linking with Kevin De Bruyne nicely and getting crosses into the box.

Michael Jones4 March 2023 12:56


Man City 1-0 Newcastle

21 mins: Foden is in terrific form. He’s given the ball on the right side once more and darts ahead of the Dan Burn before sliding the ball into Erling Haaland.

Haaland flicks it into the box for Ilkay Gundogan but Sven Botman is on hand to recover possession.

City counter-press with Kevin De Bruyne nicking the ball back high up the pitch. He tries to swing in a cross from out wide but puts it out of play for a goal kick.

Michael Jones4 March 2023 12:53


Man City 1-0 Newcastle

18 mins: That was a fantastic goal from Phil Foden. He’s now got four goals in his last three appearances for City and to have him fit and firing for the back half of the season will be a huge boost for Pep Guardiola.

Michael Jones4 March 2023 12:50


GOAL! Man City 1-0 Newcastle (Foden 15’)⚽️

15 mins: Wonderful skill from Phil Foden!

Man City switch the play over to the right wing with Rodri finding Foden in space. Foden cuts inside, dribbles his way through four Newcastle defenders to get into the penalty area.

He shoots and a desperate lunge from Sven Botman deflects the ball past Nick Pope to give Man City the lead!

Michael Jones4 March 2023 12:48


Man City 0-0 Newcastle

12 mins: Danger! Ilkay Gundogan dummies a shot and wins a free kick as Bruno Guimaraes takes him out with a trailing leg. The free kick is about 20-yards out and right in front of goal.

Kevin De Bruyne hits it and smokes the shot over the crossbar!

Michael Jones4 March 2023 12:44


Man City 0-0 Newcastle

9 mins: Nearly! Bruno Guimaraes slides a lovely pass through midfield and picks out Anthony Gordon on the left wing.

Gordon – making his first league start for Newcastle today – carries the ball into the penalty area and misses it when he tries to shoot under pressure from Kyle Walker.

Walker’s inclusion in the City team today was probably to counter the threat of Allan Saint-Maximin but he’s done a good job of throwing Gordon off balance there.

Michael Jones4 March 2023 12:42


Man City 0-0 Newcastle

6 mins: Newcastle win the first corner of the game and swing the ball over to the back post. Jamaal Lascelles jumps over Jack Grealish to win the initial header which he sends into the six yard box.

Callum Wilson is hovering but City manage to clear the danger before the ball reaches him.

Michael Jones4 March 2023 12:37


Man City 0-0 Newcastle

3 mins: Chance! Dan Burn launches a long throw into the Man City box but the home side clear their lines and break up the pitch. Erling Haaland finds Kevin De Bruyne who bombs down the left side.

The cross comes into the penalty area where Ilkay Gundogan leaps into the air and nods his effort over the crossbar!

Michael Jones4 March 2023 12:35


Kick off: Man City 0-0 Newcastle

Manchester City get the match underway at the Etihad Stadium. City need to win today or else they could end the weekend eight points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Newcastle hope to make it into Europe. They’ve been bruised by losing the Carabao Cup final but a victory this afternoon would put them back on the right track.

Michael Jones4 March 2023 12:32

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