Match Preview

Premier League
Premier League
Sunday 19 December 2021
Kickoff at 14:00 GMT
St. James' Park,Barrack Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4ST
UK - Sky Sports
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Everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City's Premier League clash with Newcastle United...

When and Where

The game takes place at St. James’ Park on Sunday 19 December, with kick-off scheduled for 14:00 (UK).

Those living in the UK can watch the action on Sky Sports Main Event, while our global TV Listings at the foot of this page will show how to tune in from around the world.

You can also follow all of the action as it unfolds via our Matchday Centre here on mancity.com and the official Man City app as well as the key events over on Twitter: @ManCity.

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Man City app coverage

As always, the official Man City app will offer comprehensive matchday coverage across the afternoon.

Our Matchday Centre gets under way at 12:00pm, bringing you detailed preview material, stats and analysis prior to kick-off, as well as minute-by-minute updates once the game begins.

You can also tune in to Matchday Live, our City-focused show, from 13:00, with special guests Paul Dickov and Joleon Lescott providing their expert insight before, during and after the action at St. James’ Park.

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From kick-off, live commentary with Alistair Mann and Michael Brown can also be found on the Man City app.

You can also make sure you don’t miss a beat by turning on push notifications, meaning you’ll be the first to know when the team is announced and when any goals go in.

But our extensive coverage doesn’t end there, with a comprehensive match report, reaction from Pep Guardiola and players, as well as highlights of the action all available across the afternoon.

And CITY+ subscribers who missed or simply want to relive the game in full can enjoy a full-match replay from midnight.

Matchday Live

Paul Dickov and Joleon Lescott will be special guests for this Sunday’s Matchday Live broadcast, which is available to watch on all our digital platforms.

The former City duo made over 200 appearances for the Club and will look ahead to our St. James’ Park clash from 13:00 as well as share plenty of laughs and interesting anecdotes.

The duo will reconvene for a quick half-time debrief, before a more detailed review of the action following the full-time whistle, including their reaction to Pep Guardiola and a player’s post-match thoughts.

Viewer input is always encouraged on Matchday Live, with Paul and Joleon answering questions throughout the broadcast. To have your say, send a WhatsApp to: +447537186538.

Team news

Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Joao Cancelo all return for City for this afternoon’s clash with Newcastle United.

Phil Foden, John Stones and Jack Grealish all make way, dropping to the bench.

Kyle Walker is still not fully fit.

Line-ups

City:

Ederson, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Dias (c), Laporte, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Subs: Steffen, Stones, Fernandinho, Ake, Gundogan, Grealish, Foden, Palmer, Wilson-Esbrand

Newcastle United:

Formation: 4-3-3

No major positional surprises are expected in today’s line-up.

Cancelo takes over from Stones at right-back after serving a one-match ban, while Oleks Zinchenko again gets the vote at left-back.

Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte continue their central defensive partnership.

Rodrigo anchors a midfield trio that includes the in-form Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo.

Up front, top-scorer Riyad Mahrez is joined by the recalled Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus

Pep Guardiola preview

“It is not easy to go to Newcastle and get a result so we will need the whole team and hopefully we will be strong enough to get the points.

“Newcastle is a very tough opponent. People will talk about our place in the table or their place in the table but when you go to Newcastle you know what sort of game to expect.

“Now they have a new manager in Eddie [Howe] and we know what a good manager he is.

“They have had a tough start to the season but they are a good team with good players and a top manager so we will go there and have to work hard for each other to win the game.

“Every game in the Premier League is tough. Whether you are playing against teams at the top of the table or the bottom. Everyone wants to win every match and at this level you have to be prepared for this.

“Newcastle in their stadium with their fans behind them, they will be ready and they have the quality to hurt us if we don’t play at our best.”

Last time out

Pep Guardiola’s men were at our brilliant best in our previous match, putting seven past Leeds at the Etihad Stadium.

Phil Foden opened the scoring, while further goals from Jack Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne handed City a three-goal advantage at the break.

Riyad Mahrez added a fourth soon after the restart, before De Bruyne completed his brace with a thunderous strike after being afforded too much space on the edge of the Leeds area.

Number six followed midway through the second half as John Stones smashed home on the rebound after Illan Meslier had saved his initial effort, before Nathan Ake completed the scoring just four minutes later.

Previous meeting

A Ferran Torres hat-trick helped City claim a thrilling 4-3 victory over Newcastle in May 2021.

In our first game since being confirmed as Premier League champions, Pep Guardiola’s men twice came from behind at St. James’ Park to earn all three points.

Goals from Joao Cancelo and a phenomenal Torres flick looked to have cancelled out Emil Krafth’s headed opener as the game approached half-time, but Joelinton replied with a late penalty.

The hosts had another spot kick awarded on the hour, with Joe Willock tapping home on the rebound after Scott Carson, making his City debut, had saved his initial effort.

But a further two goals in just four second half minutes once again turned the game on its head, as Ferran Torres completed his hat-trick with two instinctive finishes on the volley.

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2 Manchester City Manchester City Man City 14 10 2 2 40 14 26 32 LWWWL
3 Newcastle United FC Newcastle United Newcastle 15 8 6 1 29 11 18 30 WWWWW
Last updated: 29 November 2022

Form Guide

City come into the tie off the back of a seven-match winning run in the Premier League.

We currently sit top of the table and also boast the best defensive record in the English top flight having conceded just nine goals in 17 matches so far this campaign.

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Newcastle are 19th position with ten points from their opening 17 games thus far.

However, Eddie Howe’s men claimed their first win of the season in their previous home encounter, a 1-0 triumph over Burnley on Saturday 4 December but lost 3-1 to Liverpool in midweek.

Match officials

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Lee Betts, Darren Cann
Fourth official: Peter Bankes
VAR: Craig Pawson
Assistant VAR: Richard West.

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