Date: 27th December 2017 at 7:58am
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Mark Lawrenson believes that Newcastle United will not have the ability to pull off an upset on Wednesday night and end Manchester City’s winning streak.

The former Liverpool defender has predicted that Pep Guardiola’s side will earn a 2-0 win at St James’ Park in order to move a staggering 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Newcastle go into the game off an impressive 3-2 win over West Ham last week that eased some of the pressure off manager Rafa Benitez.

However Lawrenson has claimed that he expects Benitez to made a big change to his side’s playing style against Man City in order to try and earn a shock result over the rampant league leaders.

“Newcastle put in a performance against West Ham that was very unlike their manager Rafa Benitez, and threw caution to the wind,” he said on the BBC Sport website.

“I am not sure if he only did that because of the players he had available, but it worked.

“The Magpies got a really good result to end their run of nine games without a victory and, with leaders Manchester City up next, they really needed that win.

“I think Benitez will revert to his usual approach for this game, though.

“He is very good at negating the opposition in matches like this but, even so, I do not see Newcastle stopping City’s winning run.”

Man City have been able to see off teams comprehensively this season and have already netted 60 goals in 19 Premier League fixtures.

Newcastle can slip down the standings if they lose by a big enough margin to the Citizens as they currently sit 15th, above Crystal Palace and West Ham on goal difference.

Their recent track record against Manchester City is not great either with just one win against them in their last 21 meetings in all competitions.

In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies have held multiple rounds of talks over a move for a striker in January.

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