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Newcastle United vs Manchester City

On Saturday, St. James Park will host the Newcastle United vs Manchester City derby.

In their first match since being crowned Premier League champions on Friday night, City will visit Newcastle on the road.

The Citizens were defeated 2-1 by Chelsea in their last away match.

However, Manchester United’s home loss to Leicester City on Tuesday evening gave the club their fifth title in ten seasons.

Meanwhile, Newcastle’s Premier League survival is now assured, with a turnaround in results, relieving pressure on manager Steve Bruce.

Newcastle United vs Manchester City Team news

Newccastle United:

Steve Bruce’s team is without Fabian Schar, and four other players are injured.

Callum Wilson has re-injured his hamstring and will miss the rest of the season. So, on Friday night, Joelinton can fill in.

Newcastle’s Joseph Willock will surely hold his place in the starting lineup here because has scored in four consecutive games.

Ciaran Clark was unable to start against Leicester on Friday, but he did make the bench.

So, after another week of preparation, he should be able to retake his starting spot from Emil Krafth.

Newcastle United possible starting lineup: Dubravka; Fernandez, Clark, Dummett; Murphy, Almiron, Shelvey, Willock, Ritchie; Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Manchester City:

Pep Guardiola rested a number of key players in Manchester City’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea last weekend.

Kevin De Bruyne was left on the bench then due to fitness issues, and Guardiola could bench yet again. He may save the captain against Newcastle with the Champions League final coming up at the end of the month.

However, Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogan, and Bernardo Silva could return to the starting line-up on Friday.

City’s John Stones is also back from suspension and should start alongside Ruben Dias at center-back.

Sergio Aguero’s missed penalty effectively cost City the game against Chelsea. So, in his place, Gabriel Jesus or Raheem Sterling are more likely to start if De Bruyne is absent.

Manchester City possible starting lineup: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Silva, Rodrigo, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden

Prediction

  • Last time out, Newcastle shocked Leicester with a 4-2 win away from home.
  • Furthermore, Steve Bruce’s team has only lost two of their last ten league games.
  • Manchester City, meanwhile, have struggled in the Premier League recently, losing to Chelsea, Leeds United, and Manchester United since March.
  • They’ve also only won one of their last four Premier League games at St. James’ Park.
  • However, they’re still huge favorites to win. Newcastle may have changed recently, but with little to compete for, they will likely go easy as the season ends.
  • In this case, City will also play the few games left lightly, because they have already clinched the title. Instead, they can now turn their attention to the Champions League final against Chelsea.

The Magpies beat Leicester last week and picked up points against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur last month

Plus, Newcastle could exploit Guardiola’s immense changes his lineup several times over the next two weeks in the run up to the Champrions League final.

So, we think both teams will get a point each on Friday night.

Our Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Manchester City

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