Before travelling to Selhurst Park on new year eve, Manchester City will travel St James’ Park on Wednesday 27 December to face Rafa Benítez`s Newcastle United.
With 13 points clear at the halfway point, Pep Guardiola’s boys have truly blown the competition away. Never in top-flight history has a team earned such an advantage at such a stage.
Newcastle United, meanwhile, are fully aware of the threat Manchester City will pose.
When & Where?
The game will be held at St. James Park on Wednesday, December 27 at 7:45 GMT.
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Richard West
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick
Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden face late fitness while Jesus Gamez has an ankle injury. Jonjo Shelvey returns from his second suspension of the season. Aleksandr Mitrovic – Back problem
For Manchester City, Benjamin Mendy is ruled out till April through a cruciate ligament damage. John Stones is highly unlikely to be fit in time. Phil Foden – ligament injury.
Newcastle starting XI: Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo; Ritchie, Saivet, Diame, Atsu; Gayle, Joselu
Manchester XI starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane
Last five meetings
Newcastle W1, Manchester City W3, D1
- Newcastle United picked up only three points from their last 57 available in the PL against Manchester City (W0 D3 L16)
- Manchester City currently have 17 wins in a row – longest winning sequence in the history of English football’s top four tiers.
- If Man City avoid defeat they will set a new club record of 20 unbeaten league matches against a same opponent.