rafael benitez
Rafael Benitez won the Uefa Champions League title with Liverpool in 2005Getty

Newcastle United take on Manchester City in the weekday Premier League clash at St James Park on 19 April.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is scheduled for 7.45pm BST. Live coverage of the game is available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.

Overview

Two teams at the opposite ends of the table face off at St James Park on Tuesday. Just when it seemed like Rafael Benitez's men were destined for the drop, they came to life beating Swansea 3-0 in their last game. In fact this was only the second clean sheet that Newcastle have managed in their last eighteen outings. With 28 points from 33 games and five games to go, the Magpies will have to win all their games to avoid relegation. A win here will surely be a boon for the team, but that seems unlikely.

Newcastle will be without defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Daryl Janmaat while goalkeepers Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are ruled out.

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero has scored 99 goals in the Premier League so farGetty

In what was a disastrous February and March for Manchester City, the side looks to have come to life in April putting in some impressive performances. They beat Paris St Germain to reach the semi-final of the Uefa Champions League for the first time in history, while they registering three back-to back wins in the Premier League.

Kevin De Bruyne has been the standout player since returning from injury while Sergio Aguero has also roared back to form as seen from his hat-trick against Chelsea in the last game. Aguero has scored 99 goals in 147 games so far, and a goal here will make him the second fastest to reach three figures after Alan Shearer who reached the mark in 124 games.

Defender Vincent Kompany and winger Raheem Sterling are set to play, but they will be without inspirational mid-fielders David Silva and Samir Nasri, both of whom have suffered minor knocks.

What the manager says:

Rafael Benitez: "I think they have an eye on the Champions League and hopefully we can take advantage. In the back of your head you are thinking about a semi-final or a final and if you are going to get an injury. They are professionals and they will try to win but in the back of their mind they won't want to miss a game through injury."

Manuel Pellegrini: "The mathematical reason why we are not challenging for the title is because we lost three games in a row in the beginning of February. I hope we can continue playing the same way we did last Saturday, being an aggressive team and trying to win from the beginning. If we continue playing that way it doesn't matter who we play but we know we will have a difficult game. They need all the points to try not to be relegated."

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Newcastle United to win: 24/5
  • Draw: 16/5
  • Manchester City to win: 11/20

Team form

Newcastle United

  • Last five: W L L D L
  • Last result: Newcastle United 3-0 Swansea City

Manchester City

  • Last five: W W W D W
  • Last result: Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City

Team news

Newcastle United

Possible XI: Darlow, Colback, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Townsend, Shelvey, Tiote, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic.

Manchester City

Possible XI: Hart, Kolarov, Kompany, Otamendi, Zabaleta, Toure, Fernandinho, Sterling, De Bruyne, Navas, Aguero.