A match preview for the encounter between Manchester City and Newcastle United.
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
When: Monday, August 19, 8pm KO
Watch Live: Click here to watch live with Sky.
City will be expected to come out of the blocks quickly this season now that Roberto Mancini has made his departure and several members of the squad have already spoke of how the harmony in the dressing room.
All of the side’s new summer signings are to be expected to make their debuts, with Alvaro Negredo leading the line alongside Sergio Aguero. Fernandinho will likely take over the midfield anchor role from Gareth Barry and Jesus Navas will likely come in for Samir Nasri.
Newcastle will be missing Bassong and Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor and new boy Loic Remy, who misses out with a calf strain.
Otherwise it’s as you were for the Magpies, who have failed to make any other significant additions to the playing staff and no doubt Alan Pardew will not be happy at Joe Kinnear for missing out on a stream of transfer targets.
Pardew will also be hoping for a more cohesive harmony amongst the players this term or else he could find himself in hot water.