Following Wednesday night’s dramatic loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola knows any slip-up in the next four games could prove fatal in the title race and leave him empty-handed for the first time since the summer of 2017.
City do boast a fantastic record against Newcastle on home soil but Eddie Howe’s side are one of the Premier League’s form teams and will hope to lay a marker down ahead of next season, when they could be challenging further up the table.
Guardiola has insisted little has changed in a Premier League context for City, although it’s hard to imagine that really is the case. Anything other than a win here and the inquest really would start, especially with Liverpool dropping points against Tottenham at Anfield last night.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Manchester City vs Newcastle is scheduled for a 4.30pm BST kick-off time today, Sunday May 8, 2022.
The Etihad Stadium in Manchester will host the match.
Where to watch Man City vs Newcastle
TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match online through the Sky Go app.
LIVE coverage: Get minute-by-minute updates through Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog this afternoon.
Man City vs Newcastle team news
Guardiola has confirmed Kevin De Bruyne was only brought off against Madrid for tactical reasons, meaning he is fit for today’s game. Elsewhere, Kyle Walker and John Stones are both doubts.
For Newcastle, Howe revealed there is a very strong chance Callum Wilson could play for the first time since December, while Kieran Trippier has also returned to full training.
Isaac Hayden, Ryan Fraser and Jamal Lewis all remain out, with Fabian Schar a big doubt.
Man City vs Newcastle prediction
Newcastle are a solid defensive unit but, as they showed against Liverpool, tend to lack the kind of attacking danger to truly threaten the League’s leading teams.
Man City to win, 2-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Manchester City wins: 73
Newcastle wins: 72