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Etihad Stadium side travel to St James’ Park in the early kick-off on Saturday.
Newcastle United are struggling. Alan Pardew’s side have managed just one win in their last ten matches in all competitions and will not relish the visit of a Man City side keen to put pressure back on top of the table Man United.
The Magpies have to dig deep to get anything against a side who are undefeated on the road and Alan Pardew will be without crucial talents Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye whilst Roberto Mancini will have to decide which of his attacking options he turns to at St James’ Park.
Venue St James’ Park, Saturday 12.45pm
Last season Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2
Referee Andre Marriner
This season’s matches 9 Y33, R0, 3.67 cards per game
Odds Newcastle 4-1 Man City 4-6 Draw 14-5
Subs from Elliot, Harper, Williamson, Tavernier, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan, Bigirimana, Amalfitano, Abeid, Ranger, Campbell
Injured Ben Arfa (hamstring, unknown), S Taylor (hamstring, Jan), R Taylor (knee, Aug), Cabaye (groin, Feb), Gosling (knee, unknown), Vuckic (knee, Aug)
Form guide LWLLLL
Disciplinary record Y29 R2
Leading scorer Ba 10
Subs from Pantilimon, Wright, Razak, Nasri, Tchuimeni-Nimely, Dzeko,
Lescott, Milner, Kompany, Kolarov, Balotelli, Maicon
Doubtful Clichy (ankle), Nasri (headache), Milner (hamstring), Kompany (groin) Kolarov (groin)
Injured Richards (knee, Jan), Guidetti (leg, unknown), Rodwell (hamstring, unknown)
Suspended Barry (one match)
Form guide LDWDWW
Disciplinary record Y21 R1
Leading scorer Tevez 7
City have won the last five meetings between the teams.
Newcastle have not won any of the last 11 games against Man City. Their last win was in September 2005, when Michael Owen scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at St James’ Park.
The Magpies have lost five of their last six league games. They have taken just four points from the last 21 available.
Newcastle are currently 14th with 17 points, At this stage last season, they were 7th with 27 points.
One-third of Newcastle’s league goals this season have come in the 15 minutes after half-time.
Just five Newcastle players have scored in this season’s Premier League – 12 different players have scored for Man City.
Newcastle have lost 41 league matches in the month of December, more than any other team in Premier League history.
James Perch is set to make his 50th Premier League appearance.
This will be City’s fourth match in December – they’re yet to win this month.
City have not lost two Premier League matches in a row since October 2010.
After 16 games last season, Man City were top of the table and led Man Utd by two points. This season, second-placed City trail United by six points.
Roberto Mancini will celebrate three years as City manager on 19 December.
City have kept clean sheets in their last three league away matches – they have never have kept four away clean sheets in a row in their top-flight history.
They have failed to win in six of the last seven matches (all competitions) that Mario Balotelli has played in.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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