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Newcastle take on Manchester City at St.James' Park on Sunday as the Magpies look to return to winning ways after losing three on the trot in all competitions.

Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 2.05pm GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.

Newcastle have been sporadically great this season and a win here would keep them in the mix for a top four spot amid the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. The Magpies will be wary of City's improving form away from home, and a win would give them some much needed confidence ahead of a tough fixture list.

Their last game ended in a 2-1 defeat to Cardiff in the FA Cup where Alan Pardew put in a weakened squad. The Barcodes were thwarted by a last-minute goal from Frazier Campbell that took Cardiff into the fourth round. Newcastle came into the game on the back of Premier League defeats to Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion.

Meanwhile, a win here for Manchester City would take them top of the table, with Arsenal not playing until late on Monday. Manuel Pellegrini's side have been invincible over Christmas, and come into the game on the back of a 6-0 thrashing of West Ham United in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. However, their away form is still a potential Achilles' heel.

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Manchester City celebrate yet another goal. Reuters

What the Managers Say
Alan Pardew:
"I don't dread playing City. We haven't really come close in the league against them. In the League Cup I thought we had a good chance but we couldn't quite get the goal. It would be nice to run them tight and get a result. We need a Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran or Moussa Sissoko to have an extra-special day."

Manuel Pellegrini: "Of course it will be a real fight. Newcastle in the last two games have lost, but when they lost against Arsenal one or two weeks ago they were playing very well and they were fighting for the first position in the table. In the FA Cup they lost at home against Cardiff but I am sure that playing at home they will be a very difficult team."

Form Guide


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L L W W
  • Last Result: Newcastle 1-2 Cardiff

Manchester City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D W W W
  • Last Result: Manchester City 6-0 West Ham

Team news

Newcastle United

  • Injured: Davide Santon (unspecified), Ryan Taylor (knee), Fabricio Collocini (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Mathieu Debuchy

Probable Line-Up: Krul; Yanga-Mbiwa, S Taylor, Williamson, Haïdara; Sissoko, Tioté, Cabaye; Gouffran, Sh Ameobi, Rémy.

Manchester City

  • Injured: Sergio Agüero (calf), Stevan Jovetic (hamstring), Jack Rodwell (hamstring),
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Hart; Richards, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Fernandinho, Touré; Nasri, Negredo, Silva; Dzeko.