Monday 19th August 2013 | Etihad Stadium | Kick-off 20:00
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Last Season: City 4-0 Newcastle
Match Officials: Referee: Andre Marriner. Assistants: S Ledger, P Bankes. Fourth Official: P Dowd.
CITY – Matija Nastasic is likely to be replaced by Joleon Lescott in defence having suffered an ankle injury. Otherwise there is a fully fit squad. Alvaro Negredo, Navas, Fernandinho and Stevan Jovetic could all be handed competitive debuts.
City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Lescott, Richards, Zabaleta, Barry, Garcia, Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Razak, Rodwell, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Guidetti, Jovetic, Negredo, Sinclair.
NEWCASTLE – Newcastle will be without new signing Loic Remy (calf), while Ryan Taylor (knee) has been ruled out for almost the entirety of the 2013-14 campaign. Jonas Gutierrez (calf) could return but an injury to Davide Santon (hip) means he is likely to miss out.
Newcastle (from): Elliot, Krul, Coloccini, Debuchy, Haidara, Tavernier, S Taylor, Dummett, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Amalfitano, Anita, Ben Arfa, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Gosling, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Obertan, Sissoko, Tiote, Vuckic, Sa Ameobi, Sh Ameobi, Cisse, Gouffran.
Newcastle have never won a Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium (D2, L7).
City have won 11 and lost none (D2) of their last 13 Premier League games against Newcastle, including a current run of seven successive victories.
Yaya Toure has netted three in his last three league games against Newcastle.
Jesus Navas created more chances from open play than any other player in La Liga in 2012/13 (71).
City were the only team to score in every home game last season.
Newcastle have scored just eight goals in their last 13 Premier League games against Man City, conceding 30.
Newcastle have only won two of their 10 previous away games on the opening day of a Premier League season (D4 L4).
Newcastle scored only one goal from a corner in the entire 2012/13 Premier League season, a league-low.
Alan Pardew’s side won nine points with goals scored in second-half injury time last term, the most in the PL.
Manuel Pellegrini expressed his confidence in the squad in his first Premier League pre-match press conference. He said:
We made a very good preseason. We had 40 days with all the players knowing each other more, and I think we’re in very good shape. We had a programme for the whole preseason, and each week made all the work we needed.
Watch the press conference in the below video:
Written and compiled by Robert Toole