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Alan Pardew names an unchanged XI from the midweek victory over Chelsea, with the Magpies looking to break into the top four against the title chasers

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has named an unchaged side for the trip to high-flying Newcastle as they looks to move one step closer to being crowned Premier League champions.

Pablo Zabaleta is once again preferred to Micah Richards at right-back, but the rest of the back-four remains as it has been for most of the season with Vincent Kompany leading out the side.

Yaya Toure carries on in a more defensive role alongside Gareth Barry in midfield, with Samir Nasri and David Silva flanking the Argentinean striker force of Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has also not felt the need to change his side from the team that beat Chelsea 2-0 in the week.

James Perch continues to deputise for the injured Danny Simpson at right-back with Davide Santon keeping his place after impressive performances.

Cheick Tiote has made a startling recovery after his nasty looking injury in the week, and keeps his place alongside Yohann Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez in a midfield three.

Papiss Cisse will be hoping to continue his excellent goalscoring form and is once again joined by Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa to form a three pronged attack


Newcastle starting XI
: Krul; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Santon; Tiote, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Ba; Cisse.

Subs: Elliot, Ferguson, R Taylor, Gosling, Marveaux, Obertan, Ameobi.

Manchester City starting XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Clichy, Kompany (c), Lescott; Barry, Yaya; Nasri, Silva, Aguero; Tevez

Subs: Pantilimon, Johnson, Kolarov, Dzeko, Milner, Richards, De Jong

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