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City u18s v Newcastle: Match preview

City u18s host Newcastle on Saturday looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League North Division table.

Jason Wilcox’s young side have enjoyed a sensational start to the season, winning all but one of the opening seven fixtures including a fine 4-2 victory against Liverpool last time out.

Two goals from skipper Tosin Adarabioyo, plus one from Isaac Buckley and a stunning strike from the irrepressible Bersant Celina ensured maximum points against the Reds and maintained a three point gap at the top of the table ahead of nearest challengers, Middlesbrough.

City will be aiming for a North East double when the Magpies come to town, having seen off Sunderland 2-0 in August. Newcastle have only won one of their last five games, but will come to Manchester on a high after thumping Derby 5-2 at home last weekend.

The two sides faced off home and away last season but it is the boys in blue who possess the happier memories – City put ten past Newcastle over the two fixtures and shipped just one.

Wilcox is likely to have to shuffle his pack for this clash due to international commitments.

Celina is away on a training camp with the senior Kosovo side, while keeper Kjetil Haug is currently on duty with Norway u17s, who are in the middle of a triple header with Austria, San Marino and Albania in a quest to qualify for the next stage of the European Championships.

Kick off is at 1pm at Platt Lane (M14 7UU). We’ll have live updates on twitter as well as a full match report right here on mcfc.co.uk after full time. 

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