Four major talking points ahead of Premier League game week 24


Struggling for goals since joining Newcastle, scoring four in 20 games, Joselu had little opportunity to add to his tally against Manchester City. To the surprise of many, Liverpool won the match 4-3.

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Still a massive challenge and Newcastle will have to defend most of the match, though little different to nearly every other team that plays Man City.

Any joy Newcastle would have would have to come on the counter and they had Clark to thank for a unlikely defence-splitting pass that suddenly had City at sixes and sevens.

Sergio Aguero's fantasy value doesn't stop there; this is due to the nature of Manchester City's attack, which allows Aguero to contribute via assists. Especially, Chelsea and Manchester United can not do anything wrong should they want to aim for the coveted title this year. In order to have a chance against Manchester City, the Magpies should focus on zonal marking rather than man-to-man position-based marking.

"If Liverpool showed other teams the way to beat Manchester City last weekend with their high-energy and attack-minded tactics, I can not see Rafa Benitez following that template". Manchester City is favored by 2.5 goals, unchanged from the open. Thankfully, Liverpool found a way to defeat the savage beast, and maybe City will start to lose steam towards the end of the season. Players like Sterling and Jesus need to be surrounded by exceptional quality, and if City do enter a sticky spell, you wonder if these young stars can handle the pressure.

Responding well to the Liverpool loss will be key, and City must return to winning ways as quickly as possible and continue to get points and keep the chasing pack well behind them. "But as long as we have enough fit players we want to go there and win the game". Obviously, a team cannot rely on the long ball for it is too risky. Can Liverpool repeat their 5-0 win over the Welsh side from just a few weeks ago? It was an outstanding performance, often against 11 men behind the ball.

Suddenly the Sky Blues aren't quite so formidable, in fact they're human, and their first league defeat of the season has emboldened their opponents.

And they have discovered that the profile of a striker most likely to succeed at his new club is a 27-year-old British player signed from within the Premier League. Kevin De Bruyne's in-swinging cross from the left flank was faintly grazed by a leaping Sergio Aguero to give the hosts the 1-0 lead. Newcastle could move into the top half of the table if they win and other results break their way.

It did not, unsurprisingly, spark any further surges forward though, and City reasserted themselves in the hope of restoring their two-goal lead.