Manchester City will be looking to continue their climb back up the Premier League table when they welcome Newcastle United on Saturday evening (8pm kick-off).
Manchester City XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Ake; Gundogan, Rodri; Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling; Torres.
Newcastle XI: Darlow; Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie; Murphy, Hayden, M Longstaff, Almiron; Joelinton.
Where to watch Man City vs Newcastle on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: NBCSN
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Scoreline prediction: Man City 2-0 Newcastle
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Man City vs Newcastle build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
The inconsistency of Pep Guardiola’s men has left them eight points behind leaders Liverpool going into Matchday 15, but they’ve played one game fewer. As for the Magpies, it’s been a horrible last couple of matches which culminated in a humiliating exit from the Carabao Cup at the hands of Championship club Brentford.
A recent stretch of picking up just two wins in six games has left Manchester City on the back foot in their quest to regain the Premier League crown. A narrow 1-0 win at Southampton last time out ended a two-match winless streak but it still leaves them eight points behind leaders, and defending champions, Liverpool, though Guardiola’s side do have a game in hand. City have blown hot and cold at home this season, a big 5-0 win over a lacklustre Burnley side feels to be an exception as they’ve netted a total of seven goals in their other five combined games at the Etihad.
Although they are struggling of late, failing to win in their previous two league outings, Newcastle will be quietly hopeful of getting a result. However, they must still be mindful as City could be as devastating as the Leeds team which inflicted a 5-2 defeat on them just over a week ago. Steve Bruce’s men are not the best travellers; they visit the Etihad Stadium with just one away win in five, albeit this present run saw them leave Tottenham with a 1-1 draw though, on reflection, it was a fortunate result as the penalty for Callum Wilson’s 90th-minute equaliser was contentious. It’s that kind of luck they may need to call upon if the Magpies are to frustrate the former champions.
- Man City (vs Arsenal): Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Rodri; Mahrez, Silva, Foden; Jesus*.
- Newcastle (vs Brentford): Darlow; Yedlin, Hayden, Clark, Lewis; Longstaff, Shelvey; Murphy, Almirón, Fraser; Wilson.
Eric García has been joined on the sidelines by Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker, both of whom have taken ill over the past few days. Sergio Aguero could be fit to return.
No fewer than four Newcastle stars will sit out their visit to Manchester this weekend. Allan Saint-Maximin, Jamaal Lascelles, Javier Manquillo and Fabian Schär are recovering from illness while Martin Dubravka (ankle) is also ruled out. There are doubts over the involvement of Federico Fernandez (muscle).
Players to watch:
- Man City: One thing Fantasy Football users have come to expect from Guardiola is his unpredictability when it comes to selecting a starting line-up on a weekly basis. There are very few guaranteed to be named in City’s first XI but one such player is Kevin De Bruyne. Guardiola recently spoke of his utter importance and resting him isn’t an option. Since the beginning of last season, he’s been on another level; it’s a widely recognised sentiment to describe him as Europe’s premier midfielder and the numbers don’t lie. He’s created 40 chances in the Premier League this season, which puts him behind only Jack Grealish (43) and Bruno Fernandes (41), though he’s played fewer minutes than both. Given the hosts’ panache for dominating possession and Newcastle likely to play a reactive game, expect De Bruyne to be the puppet master, pulling the strings as City lay siege to the Magpies goal.
- Newcastle: A humbling exit from this season’s Carabao Cup at the hands of Brentford was not the suitable appetiser before facing a blood-lusting City team, who can now call upon their record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, someone that has registered 15 goals against Newcastle across 11 league games. To prevent another humbling outing, we need to see some form of resiliency from the visitors. A lot of the onus will be on goalkeeper Karl Darlow who has made 55 saves to date, third-most in the Premier League, with 62% of those coming inside the box. However, across 13 matches, he’s kept just two clean sheets and it’s hard to see him increasing that at the Etihad this weekend.
Premier League 2020/21 recent form:
- Man City: WDDWW
- Newcastle: DLWWL
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