The Premier League is back in action over a festive weekend with an exciting game as Manchester City take on Newcastle United in an important clash at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City have recovered from their slow start to the season and will want to win this game.
Newcastle United are currently in 12th place in the Premier League table and have been plagued by bouts of inconsistency over the past few months. The Magpies suffered a shocking defeat to Brentford in the League Cup during the week and will need to bounce back in this game.
Manchester City, on the other hand, thrashed a struggling Arsenal outfit by a 4-1 margin in their quarter-final clash and will be confident ahead of this fixture. Pep Guardiola's side is three points away from the top four at the moment and will want to make further progress on its recovery this weekend.
Manchester City vs Newcastle United Head-to-Head
Manchester City are on a relatively even footing with Newcastle United as far as the historical head-to-head record and have won 70 matches out of a total of 182 games played between the two sides. The Magpies have a slight advantage with 72 victories and will have to be at their best in this match.
The previous meeting between the two teams earlier this year ended in a stunning 5-0 victory for Manchester City. Raheem Sterling was virtually unplayable on the day and will look to put in a similar performance in this game.
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Manchester City vs Newcastle United Team News
Eric Garcia is currently injured and will once again be unavailable for Manchester City. Aymeric Laporte returned for his side against Arsenal and is likely to be named on the bench against Southampton.
Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker have been ruled out of the game after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
Injured: Eric Garcia, Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker
Allan Saint-Maximin, Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, and Javier Manquillo have tested positive for the coronavirus and have been ruled out of this fixture. Martin Dubravka is also injured and will not be available against Manchester City.
Injured: Martin Dubravka, Allan Saint-Maximin, Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, Javier Manquillo
Manchester City vs Newcastle United Predicted XI
Manchester City Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson Moraes; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Benjamin Mendy; Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan; Ferran Torres, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling; Sergio Aguero
Newcastle United Predicted XI (4-4-2): Karl Darlow; Jamal Lewis, Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez, DeAndre Yedlin; Miguel Almiron, Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Ritchie; Joelinton, Callum Wilson
Manchester City vs Newcastle United Prediction
Manchester City have one of the strongest squads in England and their performances so far are yet to do justice to their extraordinary potential. Pep Guardiola has managed to improve the side in recent weeks and has a point to prove going into this game.
Newcastle United have talented players in their ranks but have not managed to put together a significant string of victories. Manchester City are the better team on paper and are the favourites going into this fixture.
Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle United
Published 25 Dec 2020, 00:21 IST