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Carson handed debut as City make five changes

Carson handed debut as City make five changes
Scott Carson has been handed his City debut as Pep Guardiola makes five changes for the game Newcastle United.

The 35 year-old keeper has been on loan from Derby County for the past two seasons and has become an influential voice in the dressing room.

His reward will be a first Premier League appearance for almost 10 years.

Eric Garcia also gets a rare run out, with Bernardo, Ilkay Gundogan and Kyle Walker all returning.

Neither Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne are fully fit for the game.

Teams

City: Carson. Walker, Cancelo, Garcia, Ake, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Bernardo, Torres, Sterling (c), Jesus

Subs: Steffen, Dias, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Foden, Palmer

Newcastle: Dubravka, Murphy, Krafth, Fernández, Dummett, Ritchie, Willock, Shelvey, Almirón, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Subs: Clark, M Longstaff, Carroll, Gayle, Lewis, Hendrick, Manquillo, Gillespie, S Longstaff

Probable formation

It looks like City will line-up 4-3-3 at St James’ Park.

The back four will be made up of Nathan Ake and Garcia in the centre, with Cancelo and Walker as full-backs.

Rodrigo will anchor the midfield, with Gundogan and Bernardo more advanced.
Sterling and Torres are likely to play wide with Jesus through the centre.

No pressure clash

By stating it should be an entertaining game with goals probably guarantees a 0-0 draw!

But both sides go into this match devoid of pressure, with the Magpies at last free of relegation worries and City crowned Premier League champions.

The team selection of City suggests Pep wants his players to go an enjoy themselves, while the hosts will look for a notable scalp – should be interesting!

But with Champions League places up for grabs, no City player will be relaxing this evening - they know if they can impress sufficiently in the games that remain, they may force their way into Pep's thinking for the final.

Stats and facts

  • Pep Guardiola has led a team to the title in nine of his 12 top-flight seasons as a manager.
  • A win on Friday would ensure City establish an English league record of 12 successive away victories. They share the current record of 11 with Chelsea.
  • If they avoid defeat, City will set a new record of 23 away games unbeaten in all competitions by a side in England's top four divisions, surpassing Notts County's 2012 run in League One.
  • They are on a club record run of 19 consecutive away victories in all competitions since drawing 0-0 at Manchester United on 12 December. The aggregate score in those 19 wins is 48-9.
  • Manchester City could lose successive Premier League matches for only the third time under Pep Guardiola, and first since December 2018.
  • Sergio Aguero is one short of equalling the Premier League record for most goals for a single club: 183 by Wayne Rooney for Manchester United.
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