After thrashing Leeds United by 7-0 in midweek, Manchester City will travel to St James’ Park to encounter Newcastle United in their next game in the Premier League.
Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Jack Grealish, John Stones and Nathan Ake all registered their names on the scoresheet and they will feel confident to come away with all three points against a struggling Newcastle side.
The Citizens are currently at the top of the league with 41 points in 17 games, one point ahead of the second-placed Liverpool. On the other hand, the Magpies are in deep trouble as they are in 19th position in the table with 10 points in 17 games.
They have only won one game in this campaign so far. Therefore, the richest club in the world is in a serious threat to go down to the Championship, unless they make a drastic change in the January transfer window.
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Newcastle United have won only one of their last 27 Premier League encounters against Manchester City. On the other hand, the Citizens have lost only one game away to St. James’ Park against the Magpies in the last 13 league games.
However, the hosts are unbeaten in their last five games against the defending top-flight Champions, winning two of those games. Therefore, it will be interesting to see if Pep Guardiola’s side can break this record or not on Sunday afternoon.
Newcastle United Premier League form: D-L-D-W-L-L
Manchester City form (all competitions): W-W-W-L-W-W
Jamal Lewis was taken off before the interval against Liverpool in the last game due to a hamstring issue. The left-back will be sidelined until January and Matt Ritchie will fill that void against the Citizens. Federico Fernández and Paul Dummett are the two other players who will be unavailable for this encounter due to injury issues.
Bernardo Silva played only the first 45 minutes and was substituted for a knock. So, the Portuguese are in doubt ahead of this encounter. Ferran Torres is out for this encounter as he continues to recover from a foot injury.
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Martin Dubravka; Matt Ritchie, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Javier Manquillo; Ryan Fraser, Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Jacob Murphy; Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Rodrigo Hernández; Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne; Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling