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May 6, 2012 1:30 PM BST
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Newcastle United - Manchester City Preview: Table-topping Citizens face tough test at Champions League-chasing Toon

Both teams head into Sunday’s clash on the back of morale-boosting wins this week - Roberto Mancini’s men beat Manchester United 1-0 while Alan Pardew’s side won 2-0 at Chelsea

By Miles Chambers

EPL - Newcastle United v Manchester City, Cheik Tiote and aya Toure
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon
Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez

Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba


MANCHESTER CITY


Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy

Barry, Y Toure
Silva, Aguero, Milner

Tevez


Danny Simpson (ankle) remains a doubt for Newcastle after missing his first match all season on Wednesday. Steven Taylor (Achilles), Peter Lovenkrands (thigh) and Haris Vuckic (knee) are unlikely to return this season while Danny Guthrie (calf) could be back in action on Sunday. Cheikh Tiote (concussion) took a heavy blow to the head in midweek but Alan Pardew has said that he will be fit for the Magpies' last home match of the campaign. Sammy Ameobi (ankle) has been training again and could make an appearance from the bench.

Manchester City’s squad almost have a clean bill of health. Goalkeeper Joe Hart (foot) is Roberto Mancini’s only possible doubt, after picking up the problem late in Monday’s game against Manchester United, but will more than likely be fit to travel to Tyneside.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Newcastle United have won seven of their last eight league matches - their only loss coming last weekend at Wigan Athletic - and are the most in-form team over the last eight games.
  • Manchester City realistically only need to win their last two matches to be crowned Premier League champions because of their superior goal difference over level-on-points Manchester United. They will face QPR at home after this game.
  • Newcastle have dropped just four points in nine home matches in 2012, winning nine of those ties. City, on the other hand, have won only four of their last 12 away clashes in the Premier League.
  • In this match last season, a Nigel de Jong challenge broke Hatem Ben Arfa’s leg in a 3-1 win for City.
  • The top goalscorer for Mancini's men in the 2011-12 campaign is 29-goal Sergio Aguero, but the Argentine striker has been substituted 20 times in top-flight fixtures this campaign - equal-most with Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington.
  • Only Manchester United have a worse record than Newcastle recovering from losing positions in the league this season, as Pardew and co have picked up just four points from behind.
  • City are unbeaten against the Tyneside club since September 24 2005, when a goal from Michael Owen was all that separated the sides in a 1-0 win. Sunday's visitors have won four out of their last four meetings, too.
  • Newcastle are the only team in the top flight to have scored more goals in the first half (28) than the second (27). Pessimistically for the Magpies, Roberto Mancini’s men have conceded just six goals in first-half league games this season.


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Available Squads
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
14James PerchMidfielder
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
10Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
19Demba BaStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
16Ryan TaylorDefender
31Shane FergusonDefender
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
22Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
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