Manchester City will look to bounce back from the frustrating defeat against Southampton when they welcome Newcastle to the Etihad on Wednesday.
City dominated against Southampton, creating 26 shots on goal, but were beaten 1-0 at St Mary’s on a day when they could have done little more to get at least a point from the game. Up next is Newcastle, who were soundly beaten by City just ten days ago at St James’ Park in the FA Cup.
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- Kevin De Bruyne was benched in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Sunday but will return to the starting XI here.
- Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden will also hope for recalls here.
- Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden are expected to miss between two and three weeks with a hamstring injury.
- Danny Rose should return at left-back against Manchester City, with Javier Manquillo shifting back over to right-back as a result.
- With neither Hayden nor Sean Longstaff available for the away side, Nabil Bentaleb or Matthew Longstaff will start in midfield here.
- Matt Ritchie will also push to return to the starting XI here, but Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron may both miss out, which would be a huge blow for Steve Bruce’s side.
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is good, but he’s not as good as Sergio Aguero.
Of the two, Jesus is probably better player outside the box but the Argentina striker might have made the difference for City in Sunday’s defeat by Southampton because he is so deadly in front of goal.
City desperately need Aguero to be back fit if they are to go all the way in the Champions League this season, because there is just no comparison between him and Jesus when it comes to guile and finishing.
I don’t think it will matter too much against Newcastle, mind. City will create a lot of chances, like they did against Saints and I don’t see Steve Bruce’s side keeping them out.