Moussa Sissoko
By Mark Hannen


Newcastle United travel to Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Magpies go into the fixture still looking for their first three-point haul of the season, following last weekend's 2-2 draw at home against champions Chelsea.

City, meanwhile, have lost their last two league games against West Ham (2-1) and Tottenham (4-1) but found their form to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The teams met three times last season, with City triumphing on both occasions in the league. However, United were 2-0 victors in the Capital One Cup at the Etihad Stadium, with Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko on target.

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Saturday's fixture is the 174th match between the clubs and the 159th in the League. City are unbeaten in 17 league games against United, winning 15, including the last 11.

Tickets for United's away allocation are no longer on sale.

21st February, 2015 - Manchester City 5 (Aguero 2 pen, Nasri 12, Dzeko 21, Silva 51, 53) Newcastle United 0

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala, Aleksandar Kolarov; Fernandinho, Yaya Toure; David Silva (Jesus Navas 59), Sergio Aguero (Wilfried Bony 60), Samir Nasri (Frank Lampard 70); Edin Dzeko

Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat (Ryan.Taylor 70), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Mehdi Abeid 46), Jack Colback; Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 86)

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(Last six games - all competitions

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Newcastle - DLLLLW

Manchester City (v Borussia Monchengladbach, Champions League):
Joe Hart; Bacary Sagna, Martin Demichelis, Nicolas Otamendi, Aleksandar Kolarov; Yaya Toure (Fernando 46), Fernandinho; Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva (Jesus Navas 65), Raheem Sterling (Pablo Zabaleta 90); Sergio Aguero
Subs not used: Willy Caballero, George Evans, Pablo Maffeo Becerra, Brandon Barker

Newcastle (v Chelsea, Premier League): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini, Kevin Mbabu; Moussa Sissoko (Siem de Jong 90), Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback (Gabriel Obertan 54), Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic (Ivan Toney 85)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson, Florian Thauvin

Manchester City -
Sergio Aguero/Kevin De Bruyne (3)
Newcastle - Daryl Janmaat/Georginio Wijnaldum (2)


Manchester City - The Citizens have five key players missing for this game, with Vincent Kompany (calf), Gael Clichy (ankle), Fabian Delph (hamstring), Samir Nasri (knock) and Yaya Toure (hamstring). However, they will be boosted by the return of Wilfried Bony, Kelechi Iheanacho and Eliaquim Mangala.

Newcastle - Jack Colback is a doubt with a hamstring complaint, and a late decision will be made on the midfielder's fitness. However, Gabriel Obertan is out with a hamstring injury and joins Rolando Aarons (calf), Massadio Haidara (knee), Paul Dummett (hamstring), Emmanuel Riviere (knee), Karl Darlow (ankle), Cheick Tiote (knee), Papiss Cisse (back) and Steven Taylor (hamstring) on the sidelines.

Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager: "We always expect to win at home but away also. We want to win everywhere. We have to play in the same way, in the same style. Tomorrow we have a tough game against Newcastle. They played very well against Chelsea and here in Manchester against United. We are not thinking of the top of the table at this moment - just to have a strong performance. It's important to be at the top in May."

Steve McClaren, Newcastle head coach: "We need a good performance. We want to go there with a good attitude, looking organised and disciplined, playing good football and playing with no fear. We need to be like that if we want to get anything at the Etihad Stadium against a very good Manchester City side. Like we said last week, we need to have a go. Results will always follow performances, and performances are the key thing. There is always pressure to perform, especially in the big games."

Kevin Friend (Leicestershire): 2015/16 record - 5 games, 20 yellow cards, 3 red cards

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Manchester City have not drawn a game since 7th February, when they played out a 1-1 draw with Hull City at the Etihad Stadium.