Newcastle United vs Manchester City preview: Sergio Gomez in squad for St James Park

By Ric Turner, Fri 19 August 2022 15:36

Newcastle United vs Manchester City preview: Sergio Gomez in squad for St James ParkSpanish left-back included in travelling party following transfer from RSC Anderlecht

Newcastle United vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 21st August 2022

Venue: St James Park, Newcastle

Referee: Jarred Gillett Assistants: L Betts, I Hussin Fourth Official: T Harrington VAR: P Bankes

Odds: Newcastle 8/1, Draw 4/1, Man City 4/11.

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Newcastle United

Manager: Eddie Howe

Squad (from): Dubravka, Pope, Darlow, Trippier, Dummett, Botman, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis, Targett, Krafth, Fernanez, Manquillo, Burn, Watts, Ritchie, Fraser, Murphy, Almiron, M Longstaff, Willock, Anderson, S Longstaff, Guimaraes, Joelinton, Wilson, Saint-Maximin, Wood

Injured: Shelvey

Doubtful: Fernandez, Lewis, Krafth, Targett, Fraser

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWWWD

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Mbete, Wilson-Esbrand, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Palmer, Haaland, Alvarez, Mahrez, Delap

Injured: Laporte

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWLWW

Sergio Gomez will travel with the squad to Newcastle, following his move from RSC Anderlecht earlier in the week. The Spanish left-back has settled in well according to manager Pep Guardiola.

"So far, so good. No complaints" he said at Friday's press conference.

"He is settling in, his mood is exceptional and he is starting to know us. He will travel with us."

Aymeric Laporte is still abssent following knee surgery, but Kalvin Phillips and Cole Palmer are available again after missing the victory against Bournemouth.

City comfortably beat Newcastle in both games last season, winning 4-0 and 5-0 respectively, but Guardiola is expecting a difficult challenge tomorrow.

"They had an incredible run of games and after that they were safe.

"Our level of attention and concentration was high because we had four games left and we gave everything and got as good result. But I saw in the game against them we struggled with the second balls.

"They are exceptional in terms of how direct and aggressive they are. Eddie Howe always makes competitive teams - at Bournemouth and here. Newcastle away is always an incredible environment. The stadium is one of the best I have seen here."

City won their last away at St James Park 4-0, with goals from Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling. Overall City have won 74 of the 186 games played against the Magpies, with 40 draws and 72 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Grealish, Mahrez, Haaland

Score prediction: Newcastle 1 City 2