By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United entertain champions Manchester City in their Barclays Premier League opener on Sunday at St. James' Park (4pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of a promising pre-season campaign, which ended with a 1-0 victory over Spanish side Real Sociedad last weekend.
In contrast, City suffered a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal in the FA Community Shield last time out.
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Sunday's fixture is the 170th match between the clubs and the 157th in the league. City are unbeaten in 15 league games against United, winning 13, including the last nine.
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12th January, 2014 - Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2 (Dzeko 8, Negredo 90)
Manchester City (4-4-2): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov; Samir Nasri (James Milner 79), Fernandinho, Yaya Toure (Javi Garcia 61), David Silva; Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko (Jesus Navas 52)
FULL RECORD v MANCHESTER CITY
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(Last six games - all competitions, including friendlies)
Newcastle - WDWLWW
Manchester City - LLLWWW
Newcastle (v Real Sociedad, pre-season friendly): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat (Adam Armstrong 84), Mike Williamson (Steven Taylor 67), Fabricio Coloccini (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 67), Massadio Haidara (Paul Dummett 59); Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Mehdi Abeid 67), Jack Colback (Gabriel Obertan 59), Yoan Gouffran (Rolando Aarons 46); Remy Cabella (Facundo Ferreyra 74); Emmanuel Riviere (Ayoze Perez 67)
Manchester City (v Arsenal, FA Community Shield): Willy Caballero; Gael Clichy, Dedryck Boyata, Matija Nastasic, Aleksandar Kolarov (Micah Richards 76); Jesus Navas (Scott Sinclair 85), Fernando, Yaya Toure (Bruno Zuculini 59), Samir Nasri (David Silva 46); Stevan Jovetic; Edin Dzeko (James Milner 59)
Newcastle - Summer signings Remy Cabella, Daryl Janmaat, Emmanuel Riviere, Jack Colback, Facundo Ferreyra and Ayoze Perez are all in contention to make their United debuts on Sunday. However, the Magpies will have to do without the injured quartet of Siem de Jong, Cheick Tiote, Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse.
Manchester City - New arrival Eliaquim Mangala is expected to miss out, having only signed for City on Monday, while there is some doubt over the fitness of Argentine striker Sergio Aguero. However, summer signings Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Frank Lampard, Fernando and Bruno Zuculini could all be involved. Striker Alvaro Negredo (foot) is definitely sidelined.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "We go into this game in good spirits with a fit, strong team and will hopefully give Manchester City a better game than we did on the first game of last season. I hope the first part of Sunday is very respectful to two fantastic supporters we lost. Then, I hope we can bring a platform to the game which encourages our supporters. Hopefully we can give them a real lift."
Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager: "The first game is always the most difficult because it is the next one but it is also difficult for Newcastle. I expect my team to play well. It is a tough game and it is not easy to play in St. James' Park but we will do our best and we hope to win the three points. I can't tell you what Newcastle will try to do but I hope they will try to win the three points at home."
Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire): 2013/14 record - 44 games, 137 yellow cards, three 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?
The first matches between the Newcastle and City were in United's first season in the Football League, 1893/94. The Magpies won both game, 2-1 at home and 3- 2 away.