Premier League Preview: Manchester City vs. Newcastle United

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  • City is unbeaten in 17 league matches against Newcastle (W15, D2)
  • Newcastle is yet to win this season in the PL
  • Man City has not lost three straight PL matches since 2008

Manchester City will look to avoid dropping a third straight match in the league on Saturday when Newcastle United travels to the Etihad (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

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After starting the season with five consecutive wins, City dropped back-t0-back matches against West Ham and Tottenham, falling behind crosstown rivals Manchester United on the table. However, with a home game against a winless Newcastle side, City has a great opportunity to get back on track.

If City is to take all three points, they’ll have to do so without two key players, as both Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure have been ruled out with injuries. Kompany has missed City’s last two matches with a calf problem, while Toure was taken off at halftime midweek in the Champions League with a hamstring issue. However, Eliquiam Mangala is fit to return after recovering from a groin injury, and could be paired in the center of defense with Nicolas Otamendi, who scored his first goal for the club against Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday.

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Newcastle is coming off of a 2-2 draw against Chelsea, although the Magpies did lead by two goals before conceding twice late. Steve McClaren’s side has yet to win a match in the Premier League this season, and have not fared well against City in recent years. Newcastle is winless in the last 17 league matches against City, and has failed to score in any of the previous five meetings. They’ve had trouble scoring in general, as the club’s five goals is fewest in the league.

What they’re saying

City boss Manuel Pellegrini on the injury problems: “It’s not been a normal situation to have so many injuries – against Sunderland we had 11 injured, then it’s been seven or eight. I hope after this break, most of them will be fit. I never complain about the players who can’t play. I don’t think that one name can change the performance of this team. We also win a lot of games without Vincent [Kompany].”

Magpies manager Steve McClaren on facing a top side: “We need a good performance. We want to go there with a good attitude, looking organised and disciplined, playing good football and playing with no fear. We need to be like that if we want to get anything at the Etihad Stadium against a very good Manchester City side.”

Prediction

This match looks like one of the locks of the weekend, as Manchester City should come out firing after losing two straight. The tough times for Steve McClaren continue, as Newcastle will have to wait one more week to earn that first win. Manchester City 3-0 Newcastle United.