By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle entertain the Premier League champions on Saturday lunchtime as Manchester City come to Tyneside (12.45pm kick-off).
Roberto Mancini's side have only tasted victory in one of their last six games in all competitions, and went down to a last-gasp 3-2 defeat against local rivals Manchester United just less than a week ago.
The Magpies are on a similar run of form and will be looking to bounce back from defeat at Fulham on Monday night.
When the teams met last season, the Blues took all the spoils with a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium and a 2-0 triumph in the North-East.
Saturday's match is the 166th match between the clubs, and the 153rd in the league. Manchester City are unbeaten in 11 games against United, winning nine. Newcastle's overall record against City, however, is a good one, with the Magpies having chalked up 13 more wins over the Blues in matches between the two teams.
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6th May, 2012 - Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2 (Toure 70,89)
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; James Perch (Shane Ferguson 74), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 74), Cheick Tiote (Ryan Taylor 82), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry; Samir Nasri (Nigel de Jong 62), Carlos Tevez (Edin Dzeko 70), David Silva (Micah Richards 85); Sergio Aguero
FULL RECORD v MANCHESTER CITY
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(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - LLWLLD
Manchester City - LLDWDD
Newcastle (v Fulham, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita (Sylvain Marveaux 86), Cheick Tiote (Gael Bigirimana 86), Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 70)
Not used: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, James Perch
Manchester City (v Manchester United, Premier League): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (Kolo Toure 21), Matija Nastasic, Gael Clichy; Yaya Toure (Edin Dzeko 84), Gareth Barry; Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, David Silva; Mario Balotelli (Carlos Tevez 52)
Not used: Costel Pantilimon, Maicon, Joleon Lescott, Javi Garcia
Newcastle - Hatem Ben Arfa could miss Saturday's match with a hamstring complaint, joining Yohan Cabaye (groin), Steven Taylor (hamstring), Ryan Taylor (knee), Dan Gosling (ankle), Haris Vuckic (knee) and Gabriel Obertan (toe) on the treatment table.
Manchester City - Captain Vincent Kompany is a major doubt with a hamstring injury that forced him off during last weekend's Manchester derby, while Aleksandar Kolarov (groin), James Milner (hamstring), Micah Richards (knee) and Jack Rodwell (hamstring) should all be sidelined.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "St. James' Park has always been a tough place to come. It's not been the fortress that is was last year but we have still put in some strong performances at home and we are going to need to do that against Manchester City. We got nothing off them last year and I don't think they are as strong as they were last year coming into this game, so we've got to try and get a result."
Roberto Mancini, Manchester City manager: "It is clear that we are not in a good moment because we have only taken one point from the last two games, and we have some important players injured. But we need to be stronger at this moment and continue to play like we did against Manchester United."
Andre Marriner (West Midlands) - 2012/13 record: 13 games, 46 yellow cards, two red cards.
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Joey Barton, Peter Beardsley, Craig Bellamy, John Beresford, Ivor Broadis, John Burridge, Mike Channon, Laurent Charvet, Andy Cole, Tony Cunningham, Ian Davies, Wyn Davies, Sylvain Distin, Shay Given, Dietmar Hamann, George Heslop, Steve Howey, Darren Huckerby, Stephen Ireland, Gary Megson, James Milner, Stuart Pearce, Ray Ranson, Bobby Shinton, Antoine Sibierski, Imre Varadi, Tommy Wright
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DID YOU KNOW?
When losing at half-time, Manchester City have only won once in the Premier League this season.