Roberto Mancini's side returned from an international break knowing a strong end to the season was required to guarantee UEFA Champions League qualification.
With nine matches to go, City had 59 points and sat in second place.
Newcastle, meanwhile, were in midtable after narrowly missing out on Champions League football the season before.
With kickstarting a strong run-in firmly in Mancini's mind, the Italian named a star-studded City side.
Joe Hart was in goal and protected by a defence of Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Gael Clichy.
Ahead of them were Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and David Silva in midfield looking to supply a front two of Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez.
How would City fare on the day?
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