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  • November 19, 2011
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Premier League Preview: Manchester City v Newcastle United

The two sides are the only ones that are yet to lose a game this season, with their undefeated streak stretching back 14 matches each as they prepare to lock horns


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Milner, Toure, Barry, Silva
Dzeko, Aguero
NEWCASTLE UNITED
 
Krul
Simpson, Taylor, Coloccini, Taylor
Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez
Ba, Best
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini may miss the services of Owen Hargreaves, as the midfielder is recovering from a calf injury. Meanwhile, Samir Nasri has also been slated as a doubt after missing France's international friendlies. Sergio Aguero has declared himself fit after picking up a groin strain while with Argentina. Vincent Kompany returns from a one-match ban following his sending off versus Wolves.

Gabriel Obertan (toe), Alan Smith (hamstring), Sylvain Marveaux (groin) and Michael Williamson (ankle) are all sidelined with respective injuries for Newcastle United, but Cheick Tiote has reportedly made progress in his recovery from a knee injury that he picked up last month.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester City and Newcastle United are the only two teams that have not lost a single game in the Premier League this season. Stretching back to the last campaign, both sides have gone undefeated for 14 matches.
  • City also have an excellent record against the men from Tyneside in the recent past, as they are undefeated in the last nine meetings between the two sides.
  • Roberto Mancini's men have scored 39 goals in the Premier League so far. No other team has managed to hit the back of the net more times.
  • But Newcastle United have been solid in defence, conceding only eight goals in the league. Theirs is the most miserly defence in the top-flight at the moment.
  • Demba Ba (pictured right) has been prolific for the Toon this season, scoring eight goals in his last six league games, including a hat-trick against Stoke City. He is currently fifth in the goalscoring charts, with two opposition forwards - Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero - higher up, with the duo occupying the second and third places respectively.
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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
10Edin DzekoStriker
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
25Danny SimpsonDefender
16Ryan TaylorDefender
27Steven TaylorDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
35Danny GuthrieMidfielder
37Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
18Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
9Demba BaStriker
28Sammy AmeobiStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
3Davide SantonDefender
14James PerchMidfielder
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
-Peter LovenkrandsStriker
17Alan SmithStriker
23Shola AmeobiStriker
Players to Watch
Sergio Agüero
Sergio Agüero
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
4 3 1 0
The Argentine has not hit the back of the net in the last three games, and will be itching to rip through the stingiest defence in the league.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 37
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The tricky attacker fell prey to a serious injury in this clash last season, as he broke his leg in multiple places following a strong tackle from Nigel de Jong. The Frenchman may have a thing or two to say to the opposition midfielder during the game.
Prediction
Manchester City and Newcastle are both undefeated in the league so far, but the home side have a significantly better squad and should be able to take down Alan Pardew's men.
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