Alex Gilliead

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Dave Watson's under-18s head to Manchester City on Saturday, looking to complete a double over the Blues.

In January, the Magpies were 3-2 winners at Little Benton with Greg Olley, Adam Campbell and Jonathyn Quinn on target.

Campbell is not involved this time around but Olley and Quinn - who has been in fine form in recent weeks with a goal for the under-21s against Stoke and two goals in three games at the Torneo di Viareggion - are named in the squad.

Rolando Aarons, who bagged his first second-string goal at Crystal Palace in midweek, is another player who should be full of confidence while Jonathan Mitchell was praised by Reserve Team Manager Willie Donachie after making his first Barclays Under-21 Premier League appearance of the campaign at Selhurst Park.

Liam Smith remains sidelined through injury while Alex Kitchen and Lewis Aird are also on the treatment table.

Kick-off at Platt Lane is at 1pm and it will be only United's third under-18 game of 2013, with the return game against City and a 1-0 loss at Arsenal the others.

The squad is: Jonathan Mitchell, Tom Heardman, Lee Desmond, Freddie Woodman, Jonathyn Quinn, Greg Olley, Ryan McKinnon, Macauley Booth, James Morgan, Macaulay Gillsphey, Alex Gilliead, Rolando Aarons, Adam Armstrong, Brad Halliday, Ben Drennan, Daniel Barlaser, Kyle Cameron