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Man City predicted lineup vs Newcastle - Premier League

Craig Vickers
Pep Guardiola has had to be tested twice for Covid-19
Pep Guardiola has had to be tested twice for Covid-19 / Boris Streubel/GettyImages
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Man City travel to face Newcastle this weekend as Pep Guardiola's side look to consolidate top spot in the Premier League.

City hit Leeds for seven in midweek in a flawless attacking performance, making it seven wins on the spin since their shock 2-0 home defeat by Crystal Palace in October.

Guardiola's side embarked on a similar winning run at this stage of last season and the City faithful will hope their side show a similarly potentially defining level of consistency over the festive period.

Here's how Guardiola could line his side up.


Man City predicted lineup vs Newcastle

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Ruben Dias
Dias in action / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Ederson (GK) - A Man City stalwart and closing in on 160 appearances for the club.

John Stones (RB) - Kyle Walker is a doubt, meaning the former Everton man may have to fill in at full back again this weekend.

Ruben Dias (CB) - Warrior-like, displaying impressive reading of the game as well as a desire to put his body on the line when required.

Aymeric Laporte (CB) - A cerebral defender, blessed with a great range of passing.

Joao Cancelo (LB) - Suspended for the win over Leeds in midweek and should go straight back into the team.

2. Midfielders

Rodri
Rodri in action / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Rodri (DM) - Enjoying a brilliant campaign, playing with immense swagger at the base of midfield.

Ilkay Gundogan (CM) - City's top goalscorer last season and, although his numbers have naturally dropped off this term, he still retains a goal threat.

Bernardo Silva (CM) - Rivalling Mohamed Salah in the Player of the Year stakes in the Premier League thus far.

3. Forwards

Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne was back to his best against Leeds / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Riyad Mahrez (RW) - Could be given the nod on the right to provide width in the absence of Walker's late runs.

Kevin De Bruyne (ST) - The Belgian looked close to his best in the thrashing of Leeds after contracting Covid-19 recently.

Phil Foden (LW) - Equally comfortable operating as a true winger or infield as an attacking midfielder.

You can read 90min's preview of Newcastle vs Man City here.

You can read Newcastle's predicted lineup here.

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