Manchester City team news and predicted XI vs Newcastle United

Manchester City face a tough test on Saturday as they host high-flying Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium. The Cityzens sit five points off top spot in the Premier League following Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Everton in midweek, with the Gunners hosting Bournemouth at the weekend.

Beaten finalists Newcastle United have won just one of their last five games, but have drawn 11 times (the most in the Premier League) and have kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season, while they themselves are in desperate need of a result with Champions League football slipping away from the Magpies as it stands.

Read on for the latest on Pep Guardiola’s team news and how we expect Manchester City to line up for the clash.

Predicted XI

Team News

Kevin De Bruyne is set to be restored to the starting XI having missed the last two games through illness, but Aymeric Laporte may still be sidelined with the same issue.

There could be further boost as John Stones may return to the matchday squad after suffering a thigh injury during the 1-0 FA Cup win over Arsenal in January.

‘John maybe will do partial training. This is the info I had from the doctors this morning; I will know within the next hours’, Pep Guardiola revealed last week.

The Cityzens are otherwise injury free, and have a full week between the clash with the Magpies and their next fixture, against Crystal Palace. It will leave Guardiola with some selection headaches, with Phil Foden sparkling in the midweek FA Cup win over Bristol City and perhaps set to keep his place in the side as they welcome Eddie Howe’s side.

Meanwhile, with the Magpies themselves flying high in the Premier League, the Bernardo Silva at left back experiment may once again be shelved in favour of a more stable backline involving Nathan Ake and Manuel Akanji.

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