Premier League is back in action this Tuesday when Manchester City head to St.James Park to face Newcastle United in the knowledge that victory will move them to within a point of Premier League leaders Liverpool. Manchester City are in daunting form having won all their games in 2019.
The Sky Blues won their last game on Saturday afternoon in FA Cup against Burnley FC smashing five goals past the visitors. With a win, City qualified to the round five of FA cup where they will be confident of their progression, however, as they visit Middlesbrough or Newport Country in the next stage.
The Magpies on the other hand have been flirting and lurking around the lowest standing in the Premier League, mainly in the bottom three of the table. They also lost their last game against Watford, which also was a FA Cup tie.
A win is eminent for both the teams, for Manchester City it is the title challenge they want to keep on to Liverpool and for Newcastle it is the path away and beyond relegation. The visitors, anyhow are the top favourites to win the tie with a goal difference of more than 3.
When and Where?
Date:January 29, 2019 Tuesday
Time: 7:45 pm BST
Venue: St. James Park
Rafa Benitez has a very little injury concern, only one. Ki Sung-Yeung is the only doubt for Magpies while other are fit to perform.
For Pep Guaridola, Vincent Kompany is unavailable sustaining an injury. The Spaniard will shuffle almost 4-5 players from his line-up that started the game other night against Burnley FC. Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Laporte and David Silva who did not start the game will be on the mat from whistle one.
Benjamin Mendy, who had recently returned from a two-month long injury against Burton has suffered a slight reaction of his comeback and may not feature in the game.
Head To Head
Newcastle still have the edge when it comes to head to head results. The Magpies have won 71 games out of 178 as compared to Manchester City’s 68.
Anyhow, the present speaks for itself. Manchester City have been unbeaten against Newcastle in the Premier League since 2005 and have only lost a game in 2014, that in League Cup.
The reverse fixture at Etihad was a tight encounter with City getting the upper edge and winning the game 2-1.
Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie; Perez, Longstaff, Hayden, Atsu; Rondon.
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Stones, Danilo; Fernandinho, Silva, Bernardo; Sterling, Sane, Jesus.