Manchester City are flying high in the Premier League and are currently holding the top spot in the Championship. Moving on, the Sky Blues are slated to face Newcastle United this Sunday and hence are now required to travel to St.James Park for their latest assignment in their ongoing league campaign.
Their opponents, the Magpies, have not been in good shape this term, having fallen down to 19th place in the table. Therefore, the defending champions will be hoping that they can scoop up all three points from this fixture away from home.
In the pre-match conference, City boss Guardiola talked about how Newcastle could hurt his side and he also stated that his team will not take things lightly at St.James Park. His words :
"It is not easy to go to Newcastle and get a result so we will need the whole team and hopefully we will be strong enough to get the points.“Newcastle is a very tough opponent. People will talk about our place at the table or their place in the table but when you go to Newcastle you know what sort of game to expect.Source : Manchester City Official"
Manchester City’s best lineup at St James Park –
Ederson is undoubtedly a favourite to keep his spot between the sticks. The Brazilian will be guarded by two central defenders in the form of Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias.
The defensive flanks will see the presence of Joao Cancelo as the right-back. The Portuguese international will be available for selection having served his suspension against Leeds United. Oleksandr Zinchenko is due to receive another start and will operate as the left-back.
In the center of the park, Rodri will feature in his usual defensive midfield role. Alongside the Spaniard, Kevin De Bruyne should return on the right side of the midfield and will be expected to deliver in the final third. Bernardo Silva should occupy the left side of this midfield and will hope to put up another strong performance in the City shirt.
Upfront, Jack Grealish will be handed game-time on the left-wing role. Riyad Mahrez should get a starting spot on the right-wing and will look to threaten the hosts with his quick feet. Phil Foden will be slotted as the no.9 and therefore will be required to create attacking chances for his side against Eddie Howe’s men.