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.