Man City XI vs Newcastle: Starting lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest for Premier League game today
Manchester City have an almost entirely clean bill of health for today’s key Premier League meeting with Newcastle.
A brace in the FA Cup win over Bristol City marked Phil Foden’s continued return to form following a goal last weekend, against Bournemouth in the top-flight.
Pep Guardiola had a decision to make with Foden, Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez all competing for the two winger spots in the starting lineup, either side of Erling Haaland. Foden and Grealish get the nod.
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Haaland replaces Julian Alvarez in the XI for the lunchtime kick-off while Ikay Gundogan, Kyle Walker, Rodri and Ederson also resume their roles.
Stefan Ortega takes his usual spot on the bench despite the hand injury that forced him off at Ashton Gate. In defence, City have John Stones and Aymeric Laporte back in training and on the bench after injury and illness respectively.
A key decision for Guardiola was whether to go with his flexible three-man defence, featuring either Bernardo Silva or Rico Lewis at full-back, or a more straightforward 4-3-3 formation. He seems to have gone with the latter with both Lewis and Bernardo named as substitutes.
Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake, Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Foden, Grealish, Haaland
Subs: Ortega, Phillips, Stones, Laporte, Alvarez, Bernardo, Mahrez, Palmer, Lewis