Manchester City have no time to dwell on their devastating Champions League elimination as they prepare to get straight back to business against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon (4.30pm).
Having seemingly had one foot in the rearranged Paris showpiece, City instead found themselves on the receiving end of what was, quite simply, the most astonishing European turnaround which means Real Madrid will lock horns with Liverpool for the biggest prize of them all. But how will that impact City moving forward?
Back to domestic matters and City continue to hold a one-point advantage on title rivals Liverpool with each club having four games to play this Premier League season. Here is what Michael Owen and two other pundits think will happen when Pep Guardiola and his star-studded team meet Saudi-backed Newcastle.
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Mark Lawrenson – BBC Sport
Speaking to BBC Sport, former Liverpool defender Lawrenson said: “I think that there will be an absolutely cracking atmosphere at Etihad Stadium for this game. There is no way the City fans will let their players be down about what happened to them against Real Madrid – plus the title is still at stake and their full focus is on that now.
“As good as Newcastle have been to climb into the top half of the table, there is still a gulf in class between [others and] the two teams. I’m expecting City to win comfortably.”
Score prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Newcastle
Paul Merson – Sportskeeda
Sharing his score prediction, Sky Sports pundit Merson told Sportskeeda: “Man City will be absolutely devastated after the Real Madrid game as they were literally four minutes away from a place in the UEFA Champions League final. You can sing Pep Guardiola’s praises all you want , but I felt he ran out of ideas and his game management was atrocious.
“Newcastle are a good team, but Manchester City will still win because they are the better team overall. That said, this is definitely one to keep an eye on as I’m not sure how much the UCL loss will affect them.”
Score prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle
Michael Owen – BetVictor
In his latest BetVictor column, Owen added: “After that heart-breaking defeat in Madrid, this game is now massive for Man City and their season. They’ll be desperate to get over that defeat as soon as possible. Of course, their form in the league has been brilliant of late, but this won’t be easy.
“Newcastle are one of the in-form teams in the league and they gave Liverpool a tough game last week. Newcastle are safe, so they have nothing to lose here. This could be a nervous one at the Etihad, but I think City will have enough to get the win.”
Score prediction: Man City 2-0 Man City
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.