Premier League 2019/20: Newcastle United vs. Manchester City preview, predicted XI, team news and more
Newcastle United will welcome the reigning Premier League champions to St. James’ Park this weekend, as Pep Guardiola’s men will look to gain some ground on current league leaders Liverpool with a victory. City’s last league game saw them defeat currently fourth-placed side Chelsea in what was a key victory for them coming off their loss to Liverpool, while Newcastle disappointed greatly in their loss away to 15th placed Aston Villa.
Another loss for Steve Bruce’s Magpies would be worrying as – if results go the wrong way for them – it could see them slip as low as 17th in the table by the end of the weekend.
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City Head-to-Head
Newcastle and Manchester City’s head-to-head record is largely even; 72 wins for the Magpies, 68 wins for City and 39 draws. Recent years have seen dominance for City, who did the double over Newcastle in 2017/18 – but their most recent meeting resulted in the Magpies handing them one of just four defeats in 2018/19.
Newcastle United form guide: L-D-W-W-L
Manchester City form guide: W-W-W-L-W
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City Team News
Newcastle will be without their captain as Jamaal Lascelles is out until January at the earliest with a fractured tibia. Winger Matt Ritchie will also be sidelined with an ankle injury, but Sean Longstaff will be back following his three-match suspension.
Injuries: Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie
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Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte remain long-term injury concerns for Pep Guardiola’s side, while Oleksandr Zinchenko will have to wait another week or two to return from minor knee surgery. Striker Sergio Aguero has also been ruled out for a handful of games following a thigh injury.
Injuries: Leroy Sane, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Sergio Aguero
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City Predicted XI
Newcastle United Predicted XI (5-4-1): Martin Dubravka, Jetro Willems, Ciaran Clark, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez, Deandre Yedlin, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jonjo Shelvey, Sean Longstaff, Miguel Almiron, Joelinton
Manchester City Predicted XI (4-3-3): Ederson, Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodrigo, David Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City Prediction
It’s hard to see anything but a win for Manchester City here; Newcastle will likely set up deep and attempt to catch Pep Guardiola’s men on the break, but judging by their recent game against Aston Villa their finishing is likely to be too profligate to do too much damage to City, while their defence likely won’t be able to cope with City’s phenomenal attack. Even without Sergio Aguero, the likes of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne are too dangerous to keep quiet.
Verdict: Newcastle United 0-3 Manchester CityModified 21 Dec 2019, 01:11 IST