We simulated Man City vs Newcastle to get a score prediction amid Liverpool title race


Manchester City turn their focus back to the Premier League title race after suffering Champions League heartbreak against Real Madrid in midweek.

City were dumped out of the Champions League after losing 6-5 on aggregate to Real Madrid in the semi-final. Guardiola’s side can now only win the Premier League this season and head into the weekend a single point ahead of rivals Liverpool.

Kyle Walker is a doubt for the game against Newcastle at the weekend after coming off with an injury against Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. Guardiola revealed in his press conference ahead of the game against the Magpies that Kevin De Bruyne will be available for selection and that the Belgian’s substitution against Madrid was purely tactical.

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So, what line-ups will both teams select and what could the final score be? We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for Man City against Newcastle on Sunday and this is what happened. We used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.

Man City vs Newcastle score predicted by simulation

We predict that Man City could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Edison; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Mahrez, Sterling, Grealish.

We predict that Newcastle could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Dubravka; Krafth, Lascelles, Burn, Targett; Shelvey, Guimaraes, Willock; Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton.

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City started well but found themselves a goal down against the run of play as Joe Willock put the visitors 1-0 up in the 5th minute. Willock found space in the City penalty box Laporte had lost his man and Ederson was unable to react in time as the shot came in fast from close range.

Willock scores to make it 1-0 to Newcastle.
Willock scores to make it 1-0 to Newcastle.

Guardiola’s side responded well as Gundogan leveled the score in the 24th minute after the German fired home from close range with City increasing the tempo and finding their rhythm. Joao Cancelo ran down the right wing and was found by De Bruyne in a good crossing position.

The Portuguese defender drilled the ball into the box towards Mahrez who flicked the ball on to find Gundogan in space. The German midfielder volleyed the ball first time into the back of the Newcastle net as Dubravka scrambled across his goal but was unable to reach the shot.

Gundogan scores to make it 1-1.
Gundogan scores to make it 1-1.

City took control of the game and soon found the lead through Riyad Mahrez after the Algerian winger was played through by De Bruyne and drilled the ball home at the near post. Ederson bowled the ball out to Dias who drove forward and moved the attack higher up the pitch before drilling the ball into the Belgian playmaker’s feet on the edge of the penalty box.

De Bruyne beat Shelvey with some nice footwork as Mahrez ran in behind Targett with the ball being perfectly weighted into his path to take the shot first time. Mahrez’s accuracy and power caught Dubravka out in the Newcastle net as the ball squeezed inside the near post and into the goal as City took a 2-1 lead on the stroke of half time.

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Mahrez makes it 2-1 to City.
Mahrez makes it 2-1 to City.

Newcastle threatened to grab an equalizer in the second half as City’s fatigue started to show as the game edged closer to the final whistle, but Guardiola’s side showed their spirit and fight to hold onto the lead and take all three points to remain top of the Premier League. City’s disappointment from the Champions League did not impact their performance against Newcastle as the Blues showed brilliant character and determination to come back and win against a spirited Newcastle side.

FIFA 22 predicted final score: Man City 2-1 Newcastle

Here are the full-time match stats.

Full-time match statistics as City come from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1 at the Etihad.
Full-time match statistics as City come from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1 at the Etihad.

FIFA 22 predicts that City could come from behind and fight back after going a goal down early on to win 2-1 against Newcastle as goals from Gundogan and Mahrez helped the Blues remain top of the Premier League table. Despite suffering Champions League disappointment in the week, City showed character and steel to come through a tough test at home and keep Liverpool at arms length in the title race.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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