Kevin De Bruyne, Eliaquim Mangala and Claudio Bravo remain long term absentees
Manchester City vs Newcastle United
Competition: F.A. Premier League
Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 1st September 2018
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: Kevin Friend Assistants: S Bennett, D Eaton Fourth Official: C Pawson
Odds: City 1/9, Draw 9/1, Newcastle 25/1
Tickets: Sold out
TV: BT Sport
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus
Injured: Bravo, De Bruyne, Danilo, Mangala
Form guide: WWWD
Manager: Rafa Benitez
Squad (from): Elliot, Dubravka, Darlow, Clark, Dummett, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Lejeune, Yedlin, Sterry, Sung-yueng, Murphy, Diame, Kenedy, Atsu, Rondon, Muto, Perez, Joselu
Injured: Shelvey, Ritchie, Lejeune, Manquillo
Form guide: LDLL
City have no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United site. Kevin De Bruyne, Eliaquim Mangala and Claudio Bravo are long term absentees. Newcastle faced some criticism for their defensive approach at home against Chelsea last weekend, but Guardiola refused to criticise Benitez's tactics and said he was relishing the challnge:
“Some teams play more defensively but that is not a problem,” Guardiola said. “Everybody can do what they believe.
“In the end, we are here to get points.
“If they decide to play in that way, we will do what we have to do.
"That is not a problem. They believe in their styles. It’s in our hands to solve that. That is the trick."
City's last home game against the Magpies at The Etihad ended in a 3-1 victory, with Sergio Aguero netting a hattrick for the Blues. Overall City have won 67 of the 177 games played against Newcastle, with 39 draws and 71 defeats.
Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero
Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Newcastle United 0