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Man City hope to keep their foot on the gas as they visit Newcastle on Sunday

Two teams who had contrasting midweek results meet at St James’ Park this Sunday afternoon, as Newcastle United prepare to host league leaders Manchester City.

The game couldn’t come at a much worse time for Eddie Howe, who watched his side give up a 1-0 lead at Anfield on Thursday night, eventually losing 3-1. That’s because Sunday’s opposition is coming off the back of a 7-0 hammering of Leeds United, when at one point it looked like reaching double figures.

It’s safe to say City are in top form right now, but could be without manager Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard returned an inconclusive COVID test late in the week, and will await results of a PCR before making the journey with his squad or not.

That situation highlights the struggle the league is facing right now, with five Premier League games postponed this weekend because of outbreaks across the country. At the time of writing, neither City or Newcastle have too many positive tests to contend with, so we should see some football.

One person we won’t see for the home side is Jamal Lewis though. The Northern Ireland international pulled up early in the game against Liverpool with a hamstring injury and was subbed off, and early reports suggest it’s a bad one. Matt Ritchie replaced him for the rest of that game and should continue in the back four, a sign of the investment Newcastle need to make this January.

Allan Saint-Maximin was also troubled by injury later on at Anfield and is doubtful, but Callum Wilson and Joe Willock could come back into the side after being rested. Paul Dummett and Federico Fernandez are the only other absentees, with both due back in the new year.

As for Man City, Bernardo Silva should be OK after experiencing muscular problems in the win over Leeds, and Joao Cancelo is back after suspension. Kyle Walker could come back in if he is judged to be fit enough after missing the midweek game, but Liam Delap and Ferran Torres are definitely out.

Over time, this fixture has usually gone the way of Manchester City, with Newcastle only beating the Citizens twice in the league in the last 16 years. If City continue their dominance on Sunday, they will stay top of the table ahead of Liverpool playing Spurs later on Sunday, providing COVID allows. A win for Newcastle would put them level on points with 17th-placed Watford, whose fixture against Crystal Palace has been postponed.

Newcastle United take on Manchester City at St James’ Park on Sunday, December 19th. Kick-off is at 2.15pm.

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