MCI vs NEW Dream11: Manchester City welcome Newcastle United to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League. Man City are unbeaten in their last 9 games in all competitions since their 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. The Cityzens have lost just 2 games in the Premier League but their 5 draws including disappointing draws to West Brom, West Ham and Leeds United, have been holding them. They are currently 8th in the table but a win will take them into the top 4 of the standings. These are unchartered territories for a manager like Pep Guardiola and he will look to continue his unbeaten run to ascend the table. Newcastle United will look to respond to their disappointing 1-0 loss to Brentford in the Carabao Cup and a patchy run of form in general with losses to Leeds United (5-2) and Fulham (1-1). Facing a side like City is not ideal for Newcastle to bounce back to form but Steve Bruce will love to pull off an upset.
Manchester City vs Newcastle United, Premier League
27th December, 1:30 am (IST)
The Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Manchester City – WDDWW
Newcastle United – WWLDL
Head-to-head (last five meetings):
Manchester City – 3
Draw – 1
Newcastle United – 1
Last meeting: Man City 5-0 Newcastle United (Premier League, 8th July 2020)
Live Streaming: Star Sports Select Network, Disney + Hotstar
MCI vs NEW Prediction, Team News, Starting XI
A) Manchester City Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Manchester City only had Eric Garcia out on the sidelines for this game. Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus have tested positive for Covid-19 and will play no part in this game.
Doubtful: Pep Guardiola has a fully-fit squad apart from the above names for the MCI vs NEW Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: Ederson Moraes will return in goal after a successful outing for Zack Steffen. John Stones and Benjamin Mendy should replace Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko at centre-back and left-back respectively. Rodri may be granted a rest with Fernandinho playing in a double pivot with Ilkay Gundogan. Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva too should return to the bench with Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne starting alongside Riyad Mahrez. Gabriel Jesus tested positive for Covid-19 and should be replaced by Sergio Aguero.
Manchester City Starting XI (probable):
Ederson Moraes (GK)
Kevin De Bruyne
B) Newcastle United Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: A recent Coronavirus outbreak in the Newcastle camp has been Allan Saint-Maximin, Jamaal Lascelles, Javi Manquillo and Fabian Schar all out sidelined for this fixture.
Doubtful: Federico Fernandez was rested against Brentford in midweek and should be fit enough to start this game.
Expected changes: Steve Bruce named his first team for their loss against Brentford and is unlikely to make any changes to it. Karl Darlow should start in goal, given Martin Dubravka’s long-term injury. Should Federico Fernandez still be unable to start, Isaac Hayden can play in centre-back, alongside Ciaran Clark, Jamal Lewis and DeAndre Yedlin. Sean Longstaff maybe dropped with Miguel Almiron returning back to the right-flank and Joelinton accompanying Callum Wilson up front.
Newcastle Starting XI (probable):
Karl Darlow (GK)
MCI vs NEW Today Match Prediction:
Coral: Man City – 1.14; Newcastle – 19.00
BetWay: Man City – 1.15; Newcastle – 19.00
Manchester City is the undisputed favourites for this game. They have been known to be Newcastle's nightmares, having scored 7 goals in his last 2 games, conceding none. Their last meeting was a 5-0 win for the Cityzens and have won 81% of their games in the past. The MCI vs NEW Today Match Prediction should be a momentum building game for City but can be a huge one for the Magpies and they will know that they can hurt the home side like sides if they manage to strike early and stay solid at the back to keep players like Sterling, De Bruyne and Mahrez quiet.
MCI vs NEW Dream11, Captain & Differential Picks
Captain Options –
Kevin De Bruyne –
Chances created – 68
Successful dribbles – 22
Accurate crosses – 23
De Bruyne is one of the most creative players in the world and has been an important player in the City side for years now. He also has the second-most assists and the second most key passes, created the most chances as well in the Premier League this season.
Callum Wilson –
Goals/Assists (Starts) – 8/3 (12)
Chances created – 15
Successful dribbles – 11
Callum Wilson has become an important part of the Newcastle side since he signed for them this summer. He has become a reliable figure in the final third and has scored an impressive 8 goals and 3 assists so far and will look to torment the Manchester City defence.
Raheem Sterling –
Chances created – 25
Successful dribbles – 33
Pass accuracy – 85%
Sterling has had an illustrious career at Manchester City so far and will look to badger the Newcastle defence while playing on the left flank. The Englishman has been known to sprint down the left-hand side and cut inside which has proven lethal against multiple sides.
Differential Picks –
Riyad Mahrez –
Chances created – 32
Successful dribbles – 21
Accurate crosses – 10
The former-Leicester City man has been granted more starts this season and has been proving his worth of late. He has 5 goal contributions so far and has a pass accuracy of 85% and has had 11 shots on target in the Premier League. Like Sterling, he too is known for cutting in from the right flank and find goal scoring chances for his teammates.
Miguel Almiron –
Chances created – 10
Successful dribbles – 10
Pass Accuracy – 85%
The Paraguayan international has started only 7 games out of 12 this season but has been very good so far. He is quite flexible and can play down the flanks and centrally. Almiron has been very creative for the Magpies and will look to strike up a partnership with Callum Wilson.
Sergio Aguero –
Sergio Aguero hasn’t featured a lot this season and does not have any stats but he is a world-renowned striker who has hurt Newcastle in the past. Aguero has the potential to decide games on his own and the Newcastle backline will be very wary of his looming presence in the attacking third.