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Manchester City v Newcastle United Live Commentary & Result, 26/12/2020, Premier League

Manchester City have won each of their last 11 Premier League home games against Newcastle, scoring 39 goals and conceding just seven in return. It’s the Citizens’ longest winning home run against an opponent in their top-flight history.

Newcastle are still missing Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin after they contracted Covid-19 at the start of the month. Bruce has made five changes to the side that lost at Brentford. Schar and Fernandez return to the back four. Ritchie slots in at left-back, while Longstaff makes his first start of the season. Joelinton leads the line in place of Wilson, who has a knock but remains on the bench.

City have made seven changes to their side that beat Arsenal during the week. Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker are both missing after testing positive for Covid-19. Ederson returns between the posts for the home side, while Stones and Ake come into the back four in place of Laporte and Zinchenko. Gundogan, De Bruyne and Sterling slot into the midfield. Torres leads the line in place of Jesus.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED SUBS: Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle, Callum Wilson, Jamal Lewis, Emil Krafth, Javier Manquillo, Mark Gillespie, Sean Longstaff, Elliot Anderson. 

NEWCASTLE UNITED (5-4-1): Karl Darlow; DeAndre Yedlin, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie; Jacob Murphy, Isaac Hayden, Matthew Longstaff, Miguel Almiron; Joelinton.

MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Sergio Aguero, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Zach Steffen, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer.

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MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake; Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri; Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling; Ferran Torres.

Steve Bruce is feeling the pressure after Newcastle spurned an opening to reach the last four of the EFL Cup, losing 1-0 to Brentford during the week. The Magpies have been solid enough in the Premier League in mid-table, but recent performances against Leeds, where they were hammered 5-2, and Fulham, in an underwhelming1-1 draw at home, have reinforced issues regarding their style of play. Newcastle could use a positive result to find momentum heading into the New Year.

Manchester City eased past Arsenal during the week to reach the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. Pep Guardiola’s men have not been firing on all cylinders in the Premier League of late, scoring only two goals in their last three matches. They’re eight points off the pace of Liverpool at the top of the table. Therefore, the Spaniard will be keen to see his side rediscover their clinical edge in front of goal.

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Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium.

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