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Manchester City v Newcastle: FA Cup Quarter Final Preview, Team News and Prediction

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Pep and his men look to conquer the FA Cup once again

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The FA Cup is back! This time City face a big northern challenger away from home.

Venue: St. James Park, Newcastle, England

Time and Date: Sunday, 28th of June 2020, kick off at 6.30pm (UK), 1.30pm (EST)

Referee: Lee Mason

Assistant Referees: Scott Ledger & Adrian Holmes

Fourth Official: Andrew Madley

Reserve Assistant: Mark Dwyer

VAR: Andre Marriner

TV Info: BBC 1 (UK), ESPN+ (USA), SPORTSNET(Canada)

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Preview

Newcastle had a tough go with Aston Villa in the league on Wednesday, a win and they would be totally safe on 41 points and could have focused fully on this tie.

They have already drawn with Manchester City once at St James’ Park this season and you would be thinking they can have a real shot at them. City would be angry after losing Thursday v Chelsea. City should be motivated and roaring to go.

Team News

Nabil Bentaleb is suspended for Newcastle after accumulating two yellow cards in the FA Cup.

The Magpies will monitor Matty and Sean Longstaff, while Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden are also injury doubts.

Fernandinho is banned for Manchester City, while Sergio Aguero remains out.

City will re evaluate Phil Foden, who was not fit enough to be involved against Chelsea, while John Stones, Claudio Bravo and Eric Garcia will also be monitored.

Prediction

City are the FA Cup holders and I am sure they will take this seriously but they made eight changes on Monday night and outclassed Burnley. Whatever team they put out, it will be too strong for Newcastle. City should be back in business.

Manchester City 3-0 Newcastle