Manchester City are unbeaten in 17 Premier League games against Newcastle going into Saturday’s latest encounter at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City will once again be without Vincent Kompany (calf) and do not expect to have Eliaquim Mangala available either, meaning Martin Demichelis and Nicolas Otamend are likely to start again in central defence.
City also have injury concerns over Yaya Toure, David Silva and Wilfried Bony, while Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph, Samir Nasri and Kelechi Iheanacho definitely miss out.
Newcastle, meanwhile, could be without Jack Colback, who has a calf injury, and will also give fitness tests to Papiss Cisse and Rolando Aarons.
Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett, Cheik Tiote and Emmanuel Riviere remain on the sidelines for the Magpies.
- Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 17 Premier League meetings with Newcastle United (W15 D2), their longest-ever unbeaten run against a team in the league.
- Only against Barnsley in between 1898-1987 have the Citizens enjoyed a longer unbeaten run in league meetings against a single opponent (19 successive meetings).
- David Silva has netted five goals in the Premier League against Newcastle (in 10 apps), more than he has managed against any other side.
- Newcastle have failed to score in any of their last five PL matches against City.
- The Citizens have netted two or more goals in each of their last 14 PL clashes with the Magpies (39 scored in total).
- Manchester City have now lost two Premier League games in a row for only the second time under Manuel Pellegrini. They last lost three consecutive PL fixtures back in November 2008.
- The Citizens have conceded more goals in their last two Premier League games (6) than they had in their previous 11 combined (4).
- Newcastle United have won just one of their last 18 Premier League games (D4 L13).
- Manchester City have gone 21 top-flight games without a draw, the longest current run in the division.
- Steve McClaren has won just two of his last 20 league games as a manager (W2 D9 L9 – seven games at Newcastle, 13 at Derby County).