Alan Pardew's side may have one eye on the Europa League quarterfinals, with the champion aiming to keep the pressure on Manchester United.
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Roberto Mancini has a host of players returning from injury and is expected to make several changes from the 2-0 defeat at Everton on March 16.
Vincent Kompany is set for a return to the starting lineup after playing for Belgium during the international break. Yaya Toure should return after illness. Sergio Aguero is also likely to make his comeback.
Newcastle United, meanwhile, has a trip to Benfica next Thursday and Alan Pardew could rest some key players. Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Fabricio Coloccini (back) and Tim Krul (ankle) are out, and Yohan Cabaye (groin) is still a doubt.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- A win for Manchester City will make it its seventh consecutive Premier League victory over Alan Pardew’s men.
- City has beaten Newcastle 14 times in the Premier League; only against Aston Villa (18 times) has it won more.
- Yaya Toure (pictured right) has scored more league goals (three) against Newcastle than against any other Premier League side.
- City has dropped seven points in its last seven league games at the Etihad Stadium, having only dropped six in the previous 36.
- With 31, the Magpies have used more players in the top flight than any other side.
- Newcastle has picked up just eight points on its travels this season; only Reading (five) has registered fewer.
- Pardew’s men are the worst victims of late goals, having conceding 15 in the last 15 minutes of league matches; more than any other side.
- The Magpies’ last – and only – win in the city of Manchester came against City at Maine Road in September 2000.