We bring you the latest form and team news from the Etihad Stadium and St. James’ Park:
Manchester City Form and Team News
After getting into the driving seat via a Riyad Mahrez strike in the 73rd minute, Manchester City conceded quickfire goals and a penalty in extra time to crash out of this year’s Champions League. They do not have enough time to lick their wounds as they return to action this weekend in a must-win fixture at home to Newcastle. Interestingly, they have only lost once in the last 28 league meetings with Newcastle, winning 23 and drawing four.
However, their last five matches at home to Newcastle have seen them concede seven goals, more than they conceded in the previous thirteen. After shipping six goals across two legs against Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola will be concerned about his team’s defensive ability going into this match. Benjamin Mendy remains suspended, and John Stones is doubtful to feature this weekend.
Newcastle Form and Team News
Things are finally looking up for the Magpies, and their new ownership is beginning to turn into improved performances on the field of play. Since Eddie Howe was appointed their manager, Newcastle have amassed the third-most points of all teams in the league (32), with only Liverpool and Manchester City above them.
They recorded four wins on the bounce before losing to Liverpool last time out. Still, a return to winning ways looks unlikely as they have never won at the Etihad Stadium (two draws and twelve losses), and manager Eddie Howe has lost to Manchester City in all 11 times his teams have played against them.
Newcastle will be without Ryan Fraser, Isaac Hayden, and Jamal Lewis, who are injured. Also, Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson are doubtful to feature against Manchester City.