By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United entertain Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday afternoon at St. James' Park (2.05pm kick-off).
The teams go into this fixture in contrasting fortunes, with the Magpies having lost their last three games but big-spending City on a typically-impressive run of form which sees them currently challenging for the title.
It is the third time the sides have met this season, and the Citizens already have two victories to their name. They were 4-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium on the opening weekend of the league campaign, while Newcastle took them to extra-time in the Capital One Cup in October, before slipping to a 2-0 defeat.
Sunday's meeting is the 169th match between the clubs, and the 156th in the league. City are unbeaten in 14 games against United, winning 12.
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30th October, 2013 - Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2 (Negredo 99, Dzeko 105) AET
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara (Paul Dummett 46, Hatem Ben Arfa 81); Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi (Yohan Cabaye 67), Papiss Cisse
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Costel Pantilimon; Micah Richards (Pablo Zabaleta 83), Dedryck Boyata, Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov; Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell (David Silva 64); Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic (Alvaro Negredo 10), James Milner; Edin Dzeko
FULL RECORD v MAN CITY
P168 W70 D38 L60 F248 A240
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - LLLWWD
Manchester City - WDWWWW
Newcastle (v Cardiff, FA Cup): Rob Elliot; Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita; Moussa Sissoko (Loic Remy 85), Hatem Ben Arfa, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 62); Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 85)
Not used: Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Sammy Ameobi
Manchester City (v West Ham, Capital One Cup): Costel Pantilimon; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Samir Nasri, Javi Garcia, Yaya Toure (Martin Demichelis 66), David Silva (Mesquita Lopes 73); Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo (Aleksandar Kolarov 79)
Not used: Joe Hart, Matija Nastasic, Fernandinho, James Milner
Newcastle - Loic Remy (6)
Manchester City - Segio Aguero (13)
Newcastle - Alan Pardew is without Fabricio Coloccini (knee) and the suspended Mathieu Debuchy, while he has also revealed that Davide Santon is a doubt after suffering a thigh injury. However, goalkeeper Tim Krul and key midfielder Yohan Cabaye have both trained this week and will be available to face the Blues.
Manchester City - Yaya Toure is set to shrug off an ankle problem and Jesus Navas will feature despite a knee injury but the game could come too early for Sergio Aguero. Stevan Jovetic and Jack Rodwell (both hamstring) are also missing.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "They're a great team. They've probably got, in world football, the best number nine in the business at the minute in (Alvaro) Negredo. They've got strength eveywhere and it's a game that they should win, make no mistake about it. But you could argue that about Man United and Chelsea when they came to our place. We can put in a performance that can upset the top teams and that's what we need to do."
Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager: "It will be a real fight because when they lost against Arsenal two weeks ago they were playing very well. In the FA Cup they lost against Cardiff but I'm absolutely sure, playing at home, they will be a very difficult team."
Mike Jones (Cheshire): 2013/14 record - 18 games, 56 yellow cards, 2 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?
Manchester City have conceded 17 of their 23 goals this season in away matches.