Premier League Preview: Manchester City v Newcastle United

Pep Guardiola’s side have quietly been rediscovering their best form in the last month and the Spanish boss finally looks to have hit on winning formula this season.

However, despite being in the middle of their best run of the campaign, the demands of a packed schedule means he will be forced to rotate against the Magpies.

Pep’s defence should stay the same over the festive period but the returning Fernandinho, Phil Foden and Sergio Aguero could be drafted in.

As for Newcastle, Steve Bruce will continue to wing in terms of his line up with a Covid-19 outbreak at the club still forcing his selection.

Key pair Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamal Lascelles remain sidelined due to the virus.

But Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis should shake off knocks in time to start.

And Kick Off is a late one on Boxing Day with an 8pm start at the Etihad Stadium.

Premier League: Newcastle United vs Manchester United

The two sides are coming off the back of differing domestic results, with the Magpies trying to build on a 3-1 win over Burnley at St James’ Park last time out, while Man United try and bounce back from a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

The same fixture last season was one of Newcastle’s highest points of their campaign, when Matty Longstaff sealed the points with a debut goal in front of the St James’ Park crowd. Fast forward ten months and there will be no crowd to take in the action and possibly no Longstaff either, as he continues to struggle with injury.

Newcastle received a boost during the international break through Allan Saint-Maximin, with the French winger signing an improved deal to keep him at the club until 2026. After Man United’s performance against Spurs last week, he’ll be salivating at the thought of facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this weekend.

Steve Bruce will have to patch up his side once more though, with Jamal Lewis, Matt Ritchie, Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle and Martin Dubravka all sidelined with injuries.

Miguel Almiron played for Paraguay in the week and should be available, while Fabian Schar came through Switzerland’s Nations League games without issue and could come into the starting XI.

As for the visitors, they’ll be without Anthony Martial after his red card against Spurs, while new signing Edinson Cavani is still self-isolating due to COVID-19 precautions. Alex Telles could make his debut after joining from FC Porto.

Axel Tuanzebe could be involved after an ankle injury, and Eric Bailly is also expected to make it, despite suffering a hamstring injury while playing for Ivory Coast.

Harry Maguire’s inclusion will be the main talking point, with the defender’s form being called into question after his performance against Spurs, before another mistake led to a red card during England’s Nations League defeat to Denmark.

Rumours of a bust-up with Bruno Fernandes have been played down by all involved, but all is clearly not right at Old Trafford.

Newcastle United take on Manchester United at St James’ Park on Saturday, October 17th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Newcastle sign Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis

Lewis, 22, has agreed a five-year contract with Newcastle after the two clubs agreed a fee, reported to be around £15million, which could rise to £20m with add-ons.

Newcastle said on their official website: “Highly-rated full-back Jamal Lewis has become Newcastle United’s fifth signing of the summer after joining the Magpies from Norwich City.

“The Northern Ireland international has signed a five-year contract at St. James’ Park after earning rave reviews for his performances last season despite the Canaries’ relegation from the Premier League.”

Lewis, who started out at hometown club Luton before joining Norwich’s academy in 2014, was a regular starter for Norwich in the Premier League last season.

He made a total of 34 appearances in all competitions as Daniel Farke’s side were relegated after one season in the top flight.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce added: “Jamal is a very exciting prospect. I watched him flourish in the Championship two years ago and he made a real fist of it in the Premier League last season.”

Newcastle signed England striker Callum Wilson and Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, both from Bournemouth, on Monday.

Palace linked to Chelsea striker

Lots of transfer rumours flying around about potential new signings at Selhurst Park. 22 Year old Midfielder Conor Gallagher is having contract talks with Chelsea after the Eagles declared an interest in the player following a great season on loan at Swansea.

Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis, also 22, was the subject of a transfer bid back in January, but he will not be cheap. The Canaries are holding out for a fee of around £20million if they are to let the Northern Ireland International go.

And finally could Chelsea’s Forgotten man striker Michy Batshuayi be joining his countryman Cristian Benteke up front next season?

The Belgian has not made an appearance for Chelsea since February and has just one year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge, and the Blues are considering selling him this summer for a fee of around £25 million.

The Blues may also consider a loan deal, but Palace will face competition from Leeds United for his signature.

Crystal Palace set sights on Jamal Lewis

Having turned down advances from Liverpool, Norwich are now receiving interest from Crystal Palace who have set their sights on signing 22 year old defender Jamal Lewis.

The Canaries are prepared to let him go but as yet no one has met their demand of £20 million.

The 22-year-old is in high demand among English sides this summer but the Canaries are holding out for a fee of around £20million if they are to let him go.

The Eagles, who made a move for the left-back during the January transfer window, would have to double that offer to get their hands on the Northern Ireland international.

Lewis is a real testament to the youth development at Carrow Road, having come through the youth ranks and played 100 times for the first team.

Should the sale happen it’s likely to aid Norwich in their attempt to sign West Ham striker Jordan Hugill.

Liverpool close in on first transfer of summer

The left-back, who featured against Wolves in the Europa League last week, is set to be signed as much-needed cover for Andy Robertson.

Liverpool moved for the Greece international having walked away from their pursuit of Norwich’s Jamal Lewis after the Canaries set their asking price at double the initial £10million offer the Reds made to the relegated Premier League club.

It is understood Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards met with Olympiacos general director Lina Souloukou at Molineux on Thursday to finalise a deal for the 24-year-old.

Tsimikas’ medical is set to take place over the next couple of days and while personal terms have yet to be agreed, the club are confident that will not be a sticking point ahead of him signing what is expected to be a five-year contract.

He will be Liverpool’s first signing of the summer, having seen centre-back Dejan Lovren leave in a £10.9million deal to Zenit St Petersburg and midfielder Adam Lallana join Brighton following the expiration of his contract.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not anticipate having a busy or big-spending transfer window but is looking to strengthen central defensive options and potentially his forward line.

Former Portsmouth. Middlesbrough and Bolton midfielder Gary O’Neil has been appointed as assistant coach of Liverpool’s U23s, joining the backroom team of Barry Lewtas who has stepped up from the under-18s this summer.