Manchester City vs Newcastle LIVE! Premier League Match Stream, Latest Team News, Lineups, TV, Today’s Prediction

Opportunity knocks for Pep Guardiola’s side in the title race this afternoon as they look to come back from their Champions League exit soon.

City were defeated by Real Madrid in a classic semi-final, meaning they will have to wait for a first European triumph.

Their mood will have improved somewhat, however, by watching Liverpool drop points against Tottenham at Anfield last night, returning to the Premier League top on goal difference alone.

That result means that a win for City at the Etihad Stadium today would mean they would go back to the top and three points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s quadruple pursuers, with just three games left this season.

Newcastle are a reborn team under Eddie Howe and will have designs to secure a place in the top half, having previously been mired in a relegation battle.

However, the Magpies have only won one of their last 28 league games against City and are still waiting for their first-ever win at this venue.

They have also taken just one point this season from clubs occupying places in the top six.

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Pep Guardiola: Losing Real Madrid in the Champions League is not a ‘failure’

Pep Guardiola does not believe that Manchester City’s dramatic loss to Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League is a “failure”.

It looked like City would embark on an all-English affair with Liverpool later this month, before Rodrygo and Karim Benzema scored late to send Madrid to the final at their expense.

Guardiola’s inability to win the club’s biggest trophy since leaving Barcelona has often been used as a stick to beat him, especially given the money he’s gotten at the Etihad.

Whether that means his legacy at the club, and the Premier League as a whole, has been somewhat tarnished is up for debate, given how dominant City have been on the domestic front since his appointment in 2016.

City are currently on pole position to win another league title under Guardiola’s watch, a trophy that would put him above all others in the division’s history apart from Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of titles won.

You can read Guardiola’s full comments here.

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Could Paul Pogba go to Manchester City?

Manchester City have had the chance to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba in a sensational contract this summer.

The French midfielder is out of a contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season, when it is widely expected that he will leave the club for a second time without agreeing on a lucrative extension.

Pogba has been linked with a return to his native France with Paris Saint-Germain after his United contract expires, while he has also been linked to players such as Real Madrid and former club Juventus.

However, The Times reported on Saturday that the 29-year-old will join West Ham’s Declan Rice, also a top United target, on a City shortlist of box-to-box midfield goals who could potentially replace Fernandinho, the long-serving captain. who plans to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer.

While he would clearly have a substantial salary, the lack of a transfer fee for Pogba could make him a more attractive candidate than Rice, who is unwilling to sell and value West Ham for an exorbitant £150 million with three years left on his contract .

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Forecast

Newcastle are a solid defensive unit, but as they showed against Liverpool they tend to lack the sort of attacking threat to really threaten the League’s leading teams.

Manchester City win 2-0.

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Newcastle team news

For Newcastle, Howe revealed there is a very good chance Callum Wilson can play for the first time since December, while Kieran Trippier is also back in full training.

Isaac Hayden, Ryan Fraser and Jamal Lewis all stay out, with Fabian Schar a big doubt.

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Man City Team News

Guardiola has confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne was only eliminated against Madrid for tactical reasons, meaning he is fit for today’s game. Elsewhere, Kyle Walker and John Stones are both in doubt.

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How to watch?

TV channel: In the UK, today’s match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD.

live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can also watch the match online via the Sky Go app.

Live coverage: Get minute-by-minute updates this afternoon via Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.

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Welcome

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s dedicated match coverage as Manchester City host Newcastle.

After Liverpool’s draw against Tottenham, City were able to tighten their grip on the Premier League title.

Kick-off at the Etihad Stadium is at 4.30pm BST.

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