Newcastle 2-2 Manchester City: Jonjo Shelvey stunner further dents City's title hopes

Jonjo Shelvey celebrates with teammate Martin Dubravka and manager Steve Bruce
Jonjo Shelvey celebrates with teammate Martin Dubravka and manager Steve Bruce

Jonjo Shelvey's stunner two minutes from time earned Newcastle a deserved point against a lacklustre Manchester City in a 2-2 draw at St James' Park.

Kevin de Bruyne looked to have won the game for the champions with a wonder goal himself with eight minutes remaining, but was left stunned with the rest of his team mates, as the former Liverpool midfielder put another nail in City's Premier League title coffin.

The final 10 minutes followed the same pattern of the rest of the game, with City dominating without breaking through a hard working, organised United defence. Then once they did unlock Newcastle, they were pegged back immediately.

In the first period, Raheem Sterling scored his 15th league goal of the season, as he fired in low on the penalty spot after benefiting from some pinball in the host's box.

However Jetro Willems levelled just three minutes later, cutting in from the left wing to receive a flicked ball from Almiron to curl pass Ederson for his second of the season - his first coming against Liverpool.

If Liverpool beat Brighton on Saturday, they will extend their lead over Manchester City to 11 points, while Newcastle move on to 16 points.


Highlights

Shelvey STUNS Man City to clinch draw | Newcastle 2-2 Manchester City | Premier League Highlights


City, who started the day nine points behind Liverpool, dominated possession throughout but could not turn the pressure into enough goals to atone for their defensive fragility in front of a crowd of 49,937 at St James' Park.

City full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy played as auxiliary midfielders when they were in possession as the Magpies retreated to form a black-and-white wall.

But they were unable to prise their way through and it was the Magpies who mounted the first attack of note when Shelvey picked out Allan Saint-Maximin down the left and he cut inside to scuff a seventh-minute shot straight at goalkeeper Ederson.

Fernandinho headed over from a De Bruyne corner, but the home side responded with Shelvey curling a 20th-minute free-kick just wide after Saint-Maximin had been fouled by De Bruyne.

However, it was City who took the lead two minutes later when David Silva back-heeled the ball into the path of Sterling after it had ricocheted back to him from Isaac Hayden's challenge and the England forward blasted home from close range.

Newcastle were level within three minutes when Willems - whose only other Newcastle goal came against Liverpool - played a one-two with Miguel Almiron before thumping a low right-foot drive past Ederson. It was the Paraguay international's first assist since his £21million arrival in January.

Dubravka needed two attempts to claim Sterling's rising 33rd-minute strike and was relieved to see De Bruyne's stoppage-time effort deflected into his waiting arms as the Magpies made it to the break on level terms.

Federico Fernandez's barnstorming run from his own penalty area sparked a rare Newcastle counter-attack which saw Shelvey send a 54th-minute free-kick just wide after Fernandinho had barged Joelinton to the ground 30 yards out.

Javier Manquillo had to produce a last-ditch tackle to deny Gabriel Jesus after De Bruyne and Sterling had picked a path through in the 65th minute, and Dubravka had to turn away a dangerous De Bruyne cross seconds later.

The Slovakia international pulled off a fine 68th-minute double save to deny Jesus and De Bruyne and saw substitute Bernardo Silva drag a left-foot shot wide four minutes later with the pressure mounting.

However, he was powerless to resist when De Bruyne pounced after Mendy's cross had been half-cleared, chesting the ball down before firing home off the underside of the crossbar.

But there was to be a further twist when, with three minutes remaining, substitute Christian Atsu played a free-kick square to Shelvey, who sent a sumptuous curling effort beyond Ederson's despairing dive to snatch a point.


OPTA stats

  • Newcastle are unbeaten in each of their last four home league games against reigning top-flight champions (W2 D2), for the first time since a run of five ending in February 2003.
  • Manchester City have found the net in each of their last 22 Premier League games vs Newcastle – their joint-longest such run in the competition (also 22 vs Fulham in March 2019).
  • No Premier League player has scored more goals in all competitions this season than Man City’s Raheem Sterling (15 goals, level with Raul Jimenez).
  • On his 24th appearance in the Premier League, Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron has registered his first assist in the competition, with what was his 23rd chance created for a teammate.
  • Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne has had a hand in six goals in six Premier League appearances against Newcastle, scoring two and assisting four.
  • Of players with at least 15 Premier League goals, only David Ginola (66.7%) and Laurent Robert (65.2%) have scored a higher ratio from outside the box than Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey (64.7% - 11/17).
  • Eight of Newcastle’s 13 Premier League goals this season have been scored by defenders – the biggest such ratio in the competition (62%).
  • Manchester City’s David Silva has been directly involved in more Premier League goals versus Newcastle than against any other side in the competition (11 - 5 goals, 6 assists).

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Newcastle 2-2 Manchester City

Newcastle: Willems, 25; Shelvey 88

City: Sterling, 22; De Bruyne 82


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Jonjo Shelvey celebrates with teammate Martin Dubravka and manager Steve Bruce
Jonjo Shelvey celebrates with teammate Martin Dubravka and manager Steve Bruce


Full-time: Newcastle 2-2 Manchester City

A very deserved point for Newcastle, who were so organised and disciplined. They worked so hard defensively and scored two excellent goals.

However City know they were poor today, they lacked pace, urgency and ideas in the final third and it cost them dearly

If Liverpool beat Brighton today then they will be 11 clear of City after 14 matches

Newcastle go to 16 points


GOAL HIGHLIGHT

Shelvey beauty


92: Dubravka great save

De Bruyne crosses to the back post and Sterling is there. He volleys from close range across goal - Dubravka somehow gets down so quickly and stops the ball almost dead on the line - wonderful save


90: Injury time...

There will be four minutes of injury time, which we are into now. Is there a winner in it?

Newcastle certainly deserve at least a point


87: GOAL: Newcastle 2-2 Manchester City

SHELVEY

Oh, we have another stunner!

From the free-kick City were expecting a cross to be whipped in from the right of the box.

Instead it is squared to Shelvey 25 out and he side foots it into the far left corner. It is a thing of beauty

Anything De Bruyne can do, Shelvey can do better!


86: Fernandinho lucky boy

Fernandinho is late and clumsy as a Newcastle attacker drives into the box.

It should be a yellow card, which would be his second and he should be off - but ref bottles it


GOAL HIGHLIGHT

Just enjoy this - unless you support Newcastle of course


82: GOAL: Newcastle 1-2 Manchester City

DE BRUYNE

WOW, WOW, WOW

That is stunning from De Bruyne. Newcastle clear a cross to the edge of their box. De Bruyne collects on his chest on the left edge and hammers a volley at goal, it smashes the underside of the bar and in!

City needed something magical and De Bruyne has just got out his wand! Incredible goal, heartbreak for Newcastle

I said he'd be the man to open this up for City and it is one of the goals of the season so far


80: Newcastle sub

Saint-Maximin tries to race in on goal against Walker and falls to the ground in the area. No pen clearly, but the winger has hurt himself when falling. Doesn't look serious but he is subbed off for Atsu


78: De Bruyne getting closer

De Bruyne twice in the last few minutes has found time and space on the right edge of the box to dummy to shot on his right and cut back in on his left.

Both shots have been deflected for corners.

He is doing his best to make something happen for his team and looks the most likely to assist or score for City


75: Newcastle defending for their lives

Newcastle have worked so hard today. Bodies on the line, blocking anything Man City fire towards goal. They are organised and tackling well but can they keep it going?


73: Yellow card

Manquillo goes into the book for time wasting - already! He took too long to take an attacking throw in for the hosts


72: Bernardo Silva wide

Bernardo Silva big miss. He's just come on and maybe a bit cold, but he still should have scored. After some pinball on the edge of the area, he is played in, unmarked, 16 out, in centre of the goal and pulls his shot poorly wide - should have done so much better


70: Lots of subs

Newcastle: Gayle replaces Joelinton

City: Bernardo Silva and Foden have come on for Mahrez and David Silva.


68: Big City chances

First De Bruyne gets in at a tight angle on the right and Dubravka sticks out a right leg to deflect the ball away as the City man aimed for the far post

Then a one-two gets Jesus in one-on-one and six yards out he hits it straight at the keeper. Dubravka stood up well and made himself big, but the striker should have done better. The rebound falls to De Bruyne, but is blocked by the keeper for a corner. That comes to nothing


66: Newcastle can't get the ball

Newcastle are tiring I think and it is showing in the fact they just cannot hold on to the ball. It just keeps coming back in waves of City attacks

The hosts are working so hard to close players down, but need to be better when they have the ball


64: Sterling and Jesus mix up

More nice triangles and quick passing from City rips Newcastle apart, however Sterling and Jesus run into the same space on the penalty spot and get in each other's way, meaning Jesus is off balance and his shot is weak and straight at the keeper along the floor.


62: In play tip

Sterling to score a brace at 3/1 with Sky Bet looks a good one to me.

He is finding space down the left and when floating into the middle he is getting into good areas. City have just not got a clean ball to him yet. One goal so far and two shots on target, he's been City's best attacking player so far

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58: Almiron over

Almiron does so well to barge Mendy off the ball, but then losses his head and fires wildly over the bar from 20 out


57: City getting space down the wings

City are starting to get a lot of joy down the wings. They are especially finding space and overlaps on the left wing.

A sign Newcastle are starting to tire mentally in their demanding defensive duties now.

Sterling and Mahrez starting to lick their lips


55: De Bruyne over the bar

De Bruyne cuts in from the left wing and fires a shot well over the bar from the left edge of the area with his right boot. He's trying to add some pace to City's attacks at least


54: Shelvey shoots

It has to be something very special to score from 40 yards out and it is anything but from Shelvey. Low and well wide - wasteful, a cross would have been better


52: Yellow card

Fernandinho takes down Joelinton as they battle for a 50/50 ball on a Newcastle counter and goes into the book.

Free kick in centre field, 40 yards out


50: Saint-Maximin teasing

Teasing, twisting, turning run from Saint-Maximin down the left torments Walker, but he crosses blindly with no aim and it is cleared easily.

Plenty of promise, but no end product - the story of Saint-Maximin so far in England


Second half kicks off

Locked at 1-1, will we see more urgency from the champions in the second half.

No changes for either side at the break


Raheem Sterling celebrates his 15th league goal of the season
Raheem Sterling celebrates his 15th league goal of the season


Sky Bet Price Boosts

At half time Sky Bet have Price Boosted

  • Raheem Sterling to score a brace to 9/4
  • Gabriel Jesus to score the 3rd goal is 10/3
  • Correct Score - Manchester City 3-1 is 9/2

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Stats

Possession: Newcastle 34% v 66% Man City

Shots off target: Newcastle 1 v 2 Man City

Shots on target: Newcastle 2 v 3 Man City

Dangerous attacks: Newcastle 18 v 62 Man City


Half time: Newcastle 1-1 Manchester City

Sterling's 15 goal of the Premier League season gave City the lead, but it sparked Newcastle into a rare moment of attacking life that paid off with Willem's second of the campaign.

Poor first half, with City lacking the pace and urgency to breakdown a hard working and organised Newcastle side.


45: Two minutes of injury time

Two minutes of injury time and City will not want it going quickly because Pep is fuming on the sidelines and ready to give it to his side at the break


43: Where is everyone?

Great interception and pass on halfway by Shelvey to Joelinton. Quick pass to Almiron down the left, beating the offside trap and the City defence is flatfooted and struggling to get back.

Almiron looks up and sees absolutely no Newcastle player in the box, all running in quick sand 30 yards out. So he crosses in aimlessly, mainly to prove a point, and City clear easily


38: Pace dropped again

After two goals in three minutes the pace of the game has dropped again and it becomes City's attack against United's defence again, with City slowly passing from side to side, mainly on halfway.


34: Sterling shoots

Sterling goes for goal again, but straight at Dubravka.

That's two shots so far and I tipped him up at 21/10 to have four plus in this match - halfway there


GOAL HIGHLIGHT

Newcastle's equaliser


Raheem Sterling curls the ball in to give Manchester City the lead at Newcastle
Raheem Sterling curls the ball in to give Manchester City the lead at Newcastle


29: Big boys fear Willems

He loves a goal against the top teams. He's now scored two this season - the first against Liverpool and now today against Manchester City - bot top quality finishes.

He is now Newcastle's joint top scorer with 2


25: Newcastle 1-1 Manchester City

WILLEMS

Almiron can't score, but he can assist. He gets a bit of space in the left edge of the box, cleverly squares the ball to Willems, who nudges the ball more centrally and curls the ball into the far corner passed Ederson. Where was the City defence? He has so much space, excellent finish though


24: Yellow Card

First of the day goes to City's Gundogan as he stops a break away


21: GOAL: Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

STERLING

Lovely and lucky for City. One-two between Sterling and Sliva to get the England man into the box. His control is poor but the ball hits a defender, hits Sterling again and goes back to Silva, the pattern repeats itself, with the ball coming back to Silva, who back heels it to Sterling and he curls it in from 8 yards out - simple finish


19: Newcastle free kick

Saint-Maximin is clipped back to goal by De Bruyne, for a free kick 20 out on the left of the box.

Shelvey strikes, but curls wide and didn't have the height or power to worry Ederson, who drives across to just keep warm more than anything else


17: City spark

Lovely triangles and running off the ball allows De Bruyne to slip a pass into the box to Jesus, he back heels it into the path of Mahrez in the six yard box and the Newcastle defence just gets there first to concede a corner.

The first is headed out to Mahrez, whose's shot is blocked for another corner.

The second sees Fernandinho put a powerful header over the bar from 12 out


14: First corner

It goes to the visitors from a blocked De Bruyne cross.

De Bruyne aims for Stones on the penalty spot, but he over runs the ball and has to twist his neck backwards to get anything on it, meaning his contact puts the ball well wide


10: Manquillo can't cross

Two good pieces of play from Newcastle gets Manquillo in space down the right, but both times his crosses are wasteful and woeful.

The first goes along the floor about 30 feet away from the on rushing Joelinton.

The second, minutes later, is about 15 feet higher than Joelinton, when in an excellent position to head at goal


07: Newcastle shoot...

Having said that, typically it is Newcastle that have the first shot of the game.

Saint-Maximin gets released down the left, jumps over one tackler, cuts inside and shoots tamely from the left edge of the box. It was slow enough to allow Ederson to throw his cap on it.

Saint-Maximin clearly the key man on the counter for the home side this afternoon


06: Training ground stuff

It's like a training ground exercise early on - attack v defence. Newcastle have every player back in their own half behind the ball and Man City having all the ball, trying to find a way through.

Not sure Newcastle have the defensive quality to last this way for 90 mins.


03: Dull start

Nothing of note to tell you yet. City dominating possession but not created anything yet.

Whenever Newcastle win it back they are lumping it up field and losing possession straight away to allow City to come forward again


00: Kick-off

Newcastle in the tradition home kit of the black and white strips. City in their blue and white home kit


1226: Last min tip

I like the look of Manchester City to win and BTTS at 6/4. It seems a game where Newcastle will score, especially when Man City are in their worst defensive run for a decade.

Sterling to score at 11/10 I also like

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1225: City still scoring for fun

Manchester City have found the net in each of their last 21 Premier League games against Newcastle (54 goals in total), winning 18 (D2 L1). Only against Fulham (22) have they had a longer scoring streak in the competition


1215: Team news reminder

Newcastle: Dubravka, Clark, Dummett, Shelvey, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Hayden, Willems, Fernandez, Manquillo, Almiron

Subs: Darlow, Schar, Gayle, Krafth, Atsu, Shaun Longstaff, Matthew Longstaff

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy, Gundogan, Silva (C), Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus

Subs: Bravo, Angelino, Rodrigo, Bernardo, Cancelo, Otamendi, Foden


1205: Sporting Life ACCA

The latest Sporting Life football Accumulator
The latest Sporting Life football Accumulator

We don't boast often about our successes, but I'm going to make an exception here. The Sporting Life ACCA has come in for the last two weeks, so here we go for the hat-trick

We are putting our faith in Hull, Forest, Stoke and Wigan to deliver that three in a row

Head here to back Hull, Nottingham Forest, Stoke and Wigan all to win enhanced to 33/1 with Sky Bet


1202: Jesus loves a start

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League starts, including three in four so far this term.

Thus he is 7/10 to score any time today and 13/5 to score first


1200: City's defensive problems

I know it is not new news that Man City aren't as defensively tight this season as previous campaigns, but the stats are really interesting, so I want to share them with you....

City are averaging a shot on target faced every 24 minutes in the Premier League this season, their worst ratio in the competition since 2010-11 (also one every 24 minutes).

Last season, they faced a shot on target every 41 minutes on average.

They've also have conceded the first goal in each of their last three Premier League games.


1155: Soccer Saturday Price Boost

Ahead of this afternoon’s games Sky Bet have Price Boosted:

  • Chelsea, Tottenham & Burnley all to win to 9/2
  • Chelsea & Tottenham both to win and Burnley to draw with Crystal Palace to 6/1
  • Chelsea, Tottenham & Crystal Palace all to win to 13/2

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1150: Mahrez 49 not out

Riyad Mahrez: Manchester City winger celebrates his goal against Chelsea
Riyad Mahrez: Manchester City winger celebrates his goal against Chelsea

Okay, it is not as sexy as 50 not out, but it's fact. Riyad Mahrez has scored 49 Premier League goals and will be hungry to make it 50 today.

He could become ninth African and first Algerian player to reach 50 in the competition, and 110th overall,


1145: Saint-Maximin to score?

In our Premier League preview our top-flight expert George Pitts has tipped....

ef="http://m.skybet.com/go/event/24906798/bet?sels=650817073&aff=688&dcmp=SL_ED_FOOTBALL_PLTIPS">Allan Saint-Maximin to score anytime at 15/2

Seven of Newcastle's last nine Premier League goals have come from defenders and they need someone to step up in the final third. The main candidate that looks capable of contributing is summer signing Allan Saint-Maximin.

The 22-year-old is yet to open his account since joining from Nice in a reported £16.5m deal. The winger looks lively and appears to be a starter in Bruce's side now. He has had 10 shots in his last four Premier League appearances, has great, fast feet and an impressive turn of pace.

Against a Man City defence that has failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six in all competitions, and with Newcastle improving at St James' Park by going five unbeaten, Saint-Maximin looks great value to get on the score sheet anytime at 15/2.


1130: Team news

The team news is in....

Newcastle

One enforced change for the home side with Manquillo starting at the back with DeAndre Yedlin out injured.

Dubravka, Clark, Dummett, Shelvey, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Hayden, Willems, Fernandez, Manquillo, Almiron

Subs: Darlow, Schar, Gayle, Krafth, Atsu, Shaun Longstaff, Matthew Longstaff

Manchester City

No Sergio Aguero due to injury and there are five changes for the visitors in a 4-3-3 formation

Ederson, Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy, Gundogan, Silva (C), Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus

Subs: Bravo, Angelino, Rodrigo, Bernardo, Cancelo, Otamendi, Foden


Sterling to shine?

Raheem Sterling scored Manchester City's opening goal in their victory over Aston Villa
Raheem Sterling to lead the line today

I love this stat...

When playing in the same side with Sergio Aguero Raheem Sterling averages less than one shot per game.

When Aguero is out of the side, especially when replaced by Gabriel Jesus, Sterling averages four shots per match.

Sterling to have 4+ shots in this match is 21/10 with Sky Bet; if you want to be more conservative he is 5/6 to have 3+ shots.


What Pep's said...

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City boss pictured in the dugout at Crystal Palace
Pep Guardiola is looking to avoid back to back defeats to Newcastle

City boss Pep Guardiola: "I know we cannot lose games but I'm not thinking about winning the Premier League right now.

"We have to get close to Leicester first of all and then, after that, Liverpool. The target, when you play every three days, is the next one."


What Bruce has said...

Steve Bruce: Newcastle boss looks on as his side are thrashed at Leicester
Steve Bruce feels his side have done well against the big boys this season

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce: "Very quietly, we've done okay at Liverpool, we did okay at Chelsea, we've beaten Manchester United and we've beaten Tottenham, so we are capable.

"That's the Premier League. The one thing we are going to have to be is at our best. We're going to have to play to our maximum and hope that that's good enough."


Will Almiron ever score?

There are potentially a nice few stories in this match. One of which could be Miguel Almiron scoring his first goal of the season.

The Newcastle man has had 22 shots without scoring, more than any other player in the Premier League.

On TV, underdogs, against the champions, it feels like the type of game were he could finally break his duck and the odds are good for it.

Almiron is 7/1 to score anytime, and 22/1 to score first.

Remember, City have conceded the first goal in their last three matches

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