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Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Newcastle

11:25 EAT 20/01/2018
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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening

Manchester City will be in the rare position of needing to bounce back from a Premier League defeat when they host Newcastle United on Saturday.

Fortunately for Pep Guardiola, he should have a well-rested group of players to choose from, after giving his squad two and a half days off following the defeat at Liverpool last weekend.


MAN CITY INJURIES


The City players reported to the club's training ground for a post-match debrief on Monday morning but did not have to return until Thursday.

Fabian Delph limped out of Sunday's game and Guardiola says he will be out "for a while".

David Silva has been in and out of the side of late due to personal reasons and his situation will be assessed in the run up to kick-off, though he is expected to feature. He was curiously left on the bench at Anfield, though that was because of a stomach problem.

Vincent Kompany is going through one of his lengthy injury lay-offs, with no return date set.

Benjamin Mendy is a long-term absentee, while Gabriel Jesus will also missing out.


MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS


Neither club have any suspensions.


MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Danilo is most likely to replace Delph at left-back, while David Silva may well come in for Ilkay Gundogan in midfield.

Other than that Delph's injury, Guardiola should be able to go with the strong line-up that has delivered so many victories this season.


NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS


Jesus Gamez, Florian Lejeune and Aleksandar Mitrovic are all doubtful for the game, although Dwight Gayle could feature, despite being withdrawn from the Magpies' game against Swansea City last weekend.


OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Manchester City are unbeaten in 20 Premier League matches against Newcastle United (W17 D3) – it is their longest unbeaten run against a side in their league history.
  • Newcastle have lost each of their last eight away top-flight matches at Man City – they have only lost more consecutively against an opponent on one occasion, losing nine in a row away at Spurs between 1928 and 1956.
  • City have scored at least four goals in each of their last four home top-flight matches against Newcastle (19 scored in total) – the last team to achieve this in five in a row were Spurs against Blackburn in January 1966 (four or more in six consecutive games).
  • Rafael Benitez, however, has seen his sides keep four clean sheets at the Etihad in the Premier League – only Alex Ferguson (5) has masterminded more shutouts than the Spaniard.
  • Manchester City lost for the first time in 31 Premier League games in their last match against Liverpool – however, they’re still unbeaten at home in 23 home matches in the competition (W18 D5) since a 1-3 loss to Chelsea in December 2016.
     
  • Sergio Aguero has had a hand in 13 Premier League goals against Newcastle (11 goals, 2 assists), averaging a goal or assist every 49 minutes; indeed, at the Etihad, Aguero averages a goal or assist every 31 minutes (8 goals, 1 assist in 283 minutes).
     
  • Aguero’s 11 goals against Newcastle in the Premier League can be bettered by only two players - Michael Owen (13) and Wayne Rooney (15).

TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Kick off is 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) on Saturday, and will be shown on BT Sports in the United Kingdom and NBC and Universo in the United States. It will also be shown on various channels around the world.