Manchester City will be facing an unbeaten Newcastle side at St James’ Park this weekend, and it may prove to be another major test for the Premier League champions.
Magpies boss Eddie Howe has got his team well organised and they are particularly strong at home, so this could well be a tightly contested fixture.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Kalvin Phillips (knock) and Cole Palmer (foot) are back available, while Aymeric Laporte remains sidelined as he continues his rehab after knee surgery.
Manchester City’s Predicted XI To Play Newcastle:
Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, Haaland, Foden
The Magpies are expected to have Ryan Fraser available following a back injury, while Matt Targett (dead leg) is set to have a late fitness test. Jamal Lewis and Federico Fernandez (both calf) are doubts, while Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) and Emil Krafth (back) have been ruled out of contention.
Newcastle’s Predicted XI:
Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Willock, Guimaraes, Joelinton, Almiron, Wilson, Saint-Maximin
The bookmakers have made City the heavy favourites with Ladbrokes pricing them at 4/11 for the win. A draw is 17/4 with Sky Bet while a victory for Newcastle is 8/1 at William Hill.
Predicted Score – 2-0 to City