Manchester City will be hosting Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening in their 34th Premier league fixture.
With the Premier league already being won by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, Manchester City – who are currently occupying the second position have nothing much to play for in their remaining league matches except for pride.
Manchester City recently gave the eventual Premier league Champion Liverpool a guard of honour before their encounter, which the City won in a convincing fashion that almost seems like a mission to disgrace the latest Premier league Champion.
On Sunday against Southampton, Manchester City couldn’t reciprocate their tremendous performance, which resulted to a surprising 1 – 0 loss away in Hampshire, thanks to an outstanding goalkeeping by the Saints’ keeper.
Nevertheless, Manchester City are still a team to be weary about regardless of their recent result, which has no reflection on their standard, talk-less of their quality. Though Pep Guardiola’s team looks to have solidified their league second position already, as Leicester seems to be struggling for form since the Premier league restarted.
City surely have their eyes on their Champions league encounter against La Liga giant Real Madrid and their FA Cup game against Arsenal, with the hope of ending their campaign with both trophies. But for City’s pride, they wouldn’t want to let their guard down just yet, hereby, making a resounding statements with convincing results in preparation for next season’s task.
While Steve Bruce’s side been a rejuvenated team, considering their impressive performances and their unbeaten run which has been extended to six matches, with their 2 – 2 draw against David Moyes’ side West Ham on Sunday.
The Magpies looks to be enjoying their latest displays with three wins and three draws to show for it. Their match against the Blue side of Manchester will by no means be an easy ride for them, rather, Steve Bruce will need to come up with the right tactics to stop the wounded Citizens.
Though considering the Citizens’ loss against Southampton, the Magpies will also be booming in confidence and believe, going into the encounter with the mentality of getting something out of the game. Newcastle are currently in 12th position on the league table, with 43 points alongside Southampton in 13th position.
Though Newcastle looks faraway from relegation zone, notwithstanding, the Magpies wouldn’t want to complicate things for themselves. Europa league competition still looks very achievable for Steve Bruce’s side if they can maintain their impressive performances and get good returns from their remaining fixtures, with the hope that those ahead of them will drop some points at this last moment of the season.
Pep Guardiola’s team have a clean injury record except for Argentine forward Sergio Aguero who’s recuperating from knee injury but could make a return for their Champions league game in August.
Steve Bruce has made it clear that Saint-Maximin needs to be rested because of fatigue, which makes his availability for the match against the Citizens very unlikely.
Sean Longstaff couldn’t make a return against West Ham, which means he’s still under assessment, while Steve Bruce fears that Isaac Hayden has suffered an injury against the Hammers which might rule out his participation against the Citizens.
Manchester City: 4-3-3
Ederson; Zinchenko, Laporte, Garcia, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Foden, Rodri; Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.
Newcastle United: 4-2-3-1
Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Rose; Shelvey, Bentaleb; Joelinton, Almiron, Ritchie; Gayle.
Manchester City 4 – 1 Newcastle United