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Man City v Newcastle: Gouffran Starts

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At the Etihad Stadium


Yoan Gouffran makes his first Barclays Premier League appearance of the season as Newcastle United travel to Manchester City (3pm kick-off).

The Frenchman has only featured once so far this term - in a Capital One Cup victory over Northampton Town - but has been recalled to the Magpies' starting line-up at the Etihad Stadium, and is expected to be handed a central-midfield role.

Gouffran's inclusion is an enforced change, following a hamstring injury to Jack Colback, and that is the only alteration to United's ranks from last weekend's excellent 2-2 draw with champions Chelsea.

Newcastle are likely to start in a 4-4-2 formation, with goalkeeper Tim Krul behind a back four of Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, captain Fabricio Coloccini and Swiss rookie Kevin Mbabu.

Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum will take up roles on either flank, with Gouffran joining Dutch international Vurnon Anita in the middle of the park.

And in the final third, Ayoze Perez - fresh from his first goal of the season against the Blues last time out - once again partners Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

On the substitutes' bench there are places for Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse, who have recovered from respective knee and back injuries, and they are joined by Florian Thauvin, Siem de Jong, Mike Williamson, Jamaal Lascelles and goalkeeper Rob Elliot.


Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart (c); Pablo Zabaleta, Eliaquim Mangala, Nicolas Otamendi, Aleksandar Kolarov; Fernandinho, Fernando; Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, David Silva; Sergio Aguero

Substitutes: Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Martin Demichelis, Manu Garcia, Jesus Navas, Wilfried Bony, Kelechi Iheanacho


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Kevin Mbabu; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran, Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Florian Thauvin, Papiss Cisse


Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

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