Matchday 4: Manchester City v Newcastle Match Preview

    Defending champions Manchester City host Newcastle at Etihad Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League. The match is slated to kick off at 5.30 pm (BST).Pep Guardiola’s highly talented squad unusually slipped last week when they drew 1-1 with minnows Wolverhampton. Newcastle’s highly defensive tactics cost them as Chelsea eventually sealed a 2-1 win.The intimidating atmosphere at the Etihad and sheer intensity of City’s play is likely to favour the hosts. Newcastle are prepared again to switch to defensive mode and capitalise on the fast breaks.The two sides have faced each other 177 times in all competitions. City has won 67 occasions with Newcastle emerging victorious on 71 occasions. 39 of those encounters have ended in draws.
    Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is out injured. Source: Sky Sports
    Injuries For City, Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be out for another three months due to a collateral ligament (LCL) lesion injury. Also absent are goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (ACL) and right back Danilo (foot).History does not favour the Magpies as City have won 19 out of the last 23 meetings with Newcastle. The hosts will be favourites to dominate possession and win the match. Their last home match ended in a whopping 6-1 win over Huddersfield.


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