Manchester City (1st, 62pts) v Newcastle (15th, 23pts)
Competition/Round: 2017/18 Premier League, Matchday 24
Man City injuries: Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany, Fabian Delph, Phil Foden, Benjamin Mendy
Newcastle injuries: Florian Lejeune
Date/Time: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 17:30 GMT (UK), 18:30 WAT (Nigeria), 12:30 EST, 09:30 PST (USA), 23:00 IST (India)
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
How to watch on TV: BT Sport 1 (UK), NBC (USA), TSN5 (Canada), SuperSport 3 (Nigeria), Star Sports Select 1 (India), others
SBN Blog: Coming Home Newcastle
So we lost a game! It’s been so long since that happened this has been the weirdest week I’ve had as a Manchester City fan. Should we be worried at all about this being the start of a terrible run that might put our title win in danger? Or was last Sunday just an outlier on what could be one of the greatest seasons by a champion in Premier League history?
I’ve honestly been back and forth on this, but thankfully we’ll get the answers we need on Saturday against Newcastle. The Magpies made things very tough at St. James’ Park last month and nearly got a draw in the end, and it’ll be very interesting to see if Rafa Benítez goes to the Etihad looking to frustrate literally every person watching this game with the most negative approach we’ve ever seen, or if he’ll copy Liverpool and go after the Blues looking to force a mistake and get a goal.
It’s also very interesting to see how City will react to losing their first game. Having a full week to rest and prepare for this match is obviously a plus, but we’ve also been on a losing streak for over a week (as stupid as that sounds). Will Pep Guardiola and his boys get back on track right away? We shall find out.
Man City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Danilo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D.Silva; Sterling, Agüero, Sané
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Diamé, Merino; Ritchie, Ayoze, Atsu; Joselu
This will be as tough as it was at St. James’ Park, but I trust us to bounce back and score some late goals to get a big win: 3-0 to the Blues.