Fellow ahead Joselu is out with a sprained ankle, whereas midfielders Mohamed Diame, Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yueng are additionally sidelined.
Newcastle made seven adjustments for Saturday’s FA Cup defeat by Watford and can recall various key gamers, together with high scorer Salomon Rondon.
Manchester Metropolis will monitor left-back Benjamin Mendy. He missed Metropolis’s final sport after complaining of a swollen knee following his comeback from damage at Burton.
Vincent Kompany is once more unavailable due to a muscle downside that has dominated him out of the final six matches.
Metropolis made 4 adjustments for Saturday’s FA Cup win in opposition to Burnley, and gamers corresponding to David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte are more likely to return to the beginning line-up.
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@SteveBowercomm: Pep Guardiola takes cost of his 100th Premier League sport, having seen his Manchester Metropolis aspect rating 29 objectives in all competitions since they final conceded.
Rafael Benitez, in the meantime, nonetheless cuts a pissed off determine as he’s but to welcome a brand new face to spice up a Newcastle crew who’ve misplaced eight league video games at house already.
The reigning champions have the additional incentive of with the ability to scale back the hole to at least one level on the high of the desk earlier than Liverpool face Leicester on Wednesday, because the psychological a part of the season hots up.
The hosts must defy historical past in addition to type to safe something at St James’ Park – Newcastle have taken solely three factors from the final 66 on supply in opposition to Metropolis.
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Newcastle supervisor Rafael Benitez: “Every supervisor is managing the crew he has, relying on the traits of his gamers.
“If in case you have high gamers you assault. However we’d like stability. One level may make all of the distinction, and aim distinction is essential for us as you might have seen.”
Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola on whether or not enjoying earlier than or after Liverpool is advantageous: “Once we play later, after we play early, the one likelihood we have now is to win the video games. If we don’t it’s nearly over.
“We’ve the strain and really feel the strain however we have now to deal with it. “There are numerous factors left to win. We are able to’t assume an excessive amount of about that and assume what we have now to do.”
There’s a big hole between these sides, and it’s maybe greatest illustrated by their aim energy. Metropolis have scored 28 objectives of their previous six matches, whereas Newcastle have taken all season to hit 25 in 27 video games.
- Newcastle are winless of their final 22 Premier League video games in opposition to Manchester Metropolis (D3, L19). It’s each the Magpies’ longest winless run and Metropolis’s longest unbeaten streak in opposition to a specific top-flight opponent.
- The Magpies’ final league win in opposition to Metropolis got here on 24 September 2005, with Michael Owen scoring the one aim at St James’ Park.
- Newcastle did, nonetheless, win a League Cup sport on the Etihad Stadium in October 2014.
- The Magpies have misplaced all eight of their league video games this season in opposition to groups at the moment within the high six, although all however two of these defeats have been by a single-goal margin.
- Victory in opposition to Cardiff ended a run of 5 league matches with out a win for Newcastle, who can safe successive top-flight victories for the primary time since November.
- The Magpies have gained 4 of their final six Premier League house video games in opposition to sides beginning the day within the high two.
- They’ve misplaced all 11 league matches this season during which they’ve conceded the opening aim.
- Newcastle’s opponents haven’t obtained a pink card in any of the Magpies’ final 152 Premier League fixtures, with Newcastle themselves having 18 gamers dismissed in these video games.
- Rafael Benitez has misplaced solely one in all his 9 Premier League house matches as a supervisor in opposition to Manchester Metropolis (W4, D4), with that defeat coming final season.
- Manchester Metropolis have scored 29 objectives in league and cup since they final conceded (in a 2-1 win in opposition to Liverpool on Three January).
- Metropolis have gained their earlier eight video games in all competitions, and have scored 28 unanswered objectives of their final six matches.
- They’ve claimed 4 successive Premier League victories, successful the final two by a 3-Zero scoreline.
- Victory would guarantee Pep Guardiola breaks the document for many wins by a supervisor of their first 100 Premier League video games. He’s at the moment tied with Jose Mourinho, having gained 73 of his 99 matches thus far (D15, L11).
- Kyle Walker may make the 250th Premier League look of his profession.
- Sergio Aguero has scored 14 objectives in his 12 Premier League appearances in opposition to Newcastle – greater than any participant has scored in opposition to an opponent for a single membership within the competitors’s historical past.
Supply: BBC Information
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