Vurnon Anita

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Newcastle United kick off their 2013/14 campaign with a trip to Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on Monday night (8pm kick-off).

The Magpies go into the fixture having lost just one of their pre-season warm-up games, while City have faced a summer of change with a new boss - Manuel Pellegrini - coming in along with a host of fresh faces in the playing ranks.

When the sides met last season, City came out on top both times, with a 3-1 victory on Tyneside followed by a 4-0 triumph at the Etihad Stadium.


Monday's match is the 168th match between the clubs, and the 155th in the league. Man City are unbeaten in 13 games against United, winning 11, with Michael Owen being the last player to net a winner for the Magpies back in September 2005.

30th March, 2013 - Manchester City 4 (Tevez 41, Silva 45, Kompany 56, Toure 70) Newcastle 0

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (Javi Garcia 74), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure; David Silva (Scott Sinclair 83), Samir Nasri (Sergio Aguero 71), Carlos Tevez; Edin Dzeko

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez; Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye (Gael Bigirimana 74); Yoan Gouffran (Dan Gosling 63), Moussa Sissoko, Gabriel Obertan (James Perch 46); Papiss Cisse

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(Last six games - including friendlies)
Manchester City - LLWWWL
Newcastle - DDWWDL

Manchester City (v Arsenal, friendly):
Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta (Micah Richards 46), Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott (Dedrick Boyata 85), Gael Clichy; James Milner (Samir Nasri 46), Fernandinho (Jack Rodwell 78), Yaya Toure (Javi Garcia 67), David Silva (Stevan Jovetic 67); Edin Dzeko (Jesus Navas 46), Alvaro Negredo
Subs not used: Costel Pantilimon, Richard Wright, Aleksander Kolarov

Newcastle (v Braga, friendly): Rob Elliot (Tim Krul 46); Mathieu Debuchy (Steven Taylor 76), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon (Paul Dummett 46); Hatem Ben Arfa (Gabriel Obertan 87), Cheick Tiote (Yohan Cabaye 46), Moussa Sissoko (Vurnon Anita 76), Jonas Gutierrez (Sammy Ameobi 52); Shola Ameobi (Yoan Gouffran 64), Papiss Cisse (Sylvain Marveaux 76)
Sub not used: Dan Gosling

Manchester City -
Centre-back Matija Nastasic is ruled out with an ankle injury picked up during pre-season but, that aside, new manager Manuel Pellegrini has a clean bill of health in his squad.

Newcastle - Summer signing Loic Remy is unavailable due to a calf complaint. United have doubts over Davide Santon (hip), Steven Taylor (toe) and Jonas Gutierrez (hamstring).

Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager:
"I'm very pleased. I think we have the squad we need for the year, not only for the Premier League but also the Champions League. We're absolutely ready. We had a very good pre-season, working for about 40 days with all the players, knowing each other more and I think we're in very good shape. We played seven friendly matches with different starting line-ups so most of them had a very similar average of minutes. We have a full squad to choose from for Newcastle."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "I think we're in good shape and for us, with the game being on a Monday, it's a psychological game for us in terms of putting ourselves in the mind of everybody with a really strong performance - and hopefully get some points out of what is obviously a tough game. The ideal scenario is to get a result of any kind and I think we've got the players to do it. We carry some fabulous players, so we've got an opportunity and hopefully we can take it."

Andre Marriner (West Midlands) - 2012/13 record: 41 games, 128 yellow cards, ten red cards.

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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This is the first time that Newcastle have met Manchester City on the opening day of the season.