Newcastle United vs Manchester City preview: De Bruyne could start at St James Park

By Ric Turner, Fri 12 January 2024 16:25

Newcastle United vs Manchester City preview: De Bruyne could start at St James ParkBelgian international returned to action as a substitute against Huddersfield

Newcastle United vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 13th January 2024

Venue: St James Park, Newcastle

Referee: Chris Kavanagh Assistants: S Bennett, N Davies Fourth Official: T Robinson VAR: P Banks

Odds: Newcastle 4/1, Draw 10/3, City 4/7

Tickets: Sold out

TV: TNT Sports

Newcastle United

Manager: Eddie Howe

Squad (from): Dubravka, Karius, Gillespie, Trippier, Dummett, Botman, Schar, Lascelles, Krafth, Hall, Livramento, Burn, Ritchie, Murphy, Almiron, Longstaff, Guimaraes, Miley, Gordon, Isak

Injured: Pope, Joelinton, Willock, Anderson, Barnes, Targett, Wilson, Manquillo

Doubtful: Murphy

Suspended: Tonali

Form guide: WLLLD

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Gvardiol, Akanji, Lewis, Phillips, Kovacic, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Gomez, Nunes, Foden, Bobb, Doku, Alvarez

Injured: Stones, Haaland

Doubtful: Akanji, Grealish

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

John Stones and Erling Haaland have been ruled out of City's trip to St James Park, but Pep Guardiola hinted that Kevin De Bruyne could start after his substitute appearance in the FA Cup on Sunday.

"I saw him yesterday and he feels good and dynamic," he said at Friday's press conference.

"He played good, better than the sessions before Huddersfield.

"It was five months, he was high and low in training as he recovered which was normal but he's getting better.

"He had a few days off then trained, then we have warm weather training in Abu Dhabi which helps him prepare."

Newcastle have struggled in the league recently, but enjoyed a morale boosting vistory against local rivals Sunderland last weekend and Guardiola is expecting a difficult game.

"Always has been [tough opponents] especially since Eddie Howe took over," he said.

"The opponent is there.

"We’ve faced him many times with Bournemouth and Newcastle. We have a good history together."

City lost their last game at St James Park 1-0, with Aleksandar Isak scoring he winner for the hosts. Overall City have won 76 of the 190 games played against the Magpies, with 41 draws and 73 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Gvardiol, Rodri, Kovacic, Bernardo, Foden, Doku, Alvarez

Score prediction: Newcastle 2 City 2