Manchester City will clash heads with Newcastle United at the Etihad on Sunday evening, hoping to pick up a positive result and maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table. The Magpies will be coming into the match on the back of a narrow 1-0 loss to Liverpool, whereas the Citizens recorded a disappointing 3-1 loss (6-5 on aggregate) to Real Madrid in the second leg of the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
The English tactician will probably opt for the 4-3-3 formation; however, he might make a few changes for the upcoming away encounter. Jamaal Lascelles might get the nod over Fabian Schar in defence, whereas Jacob Murphy looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.
4-3-3 Newcastle United Predicted Lineup Vs Manchester City
Martin Dubravka will continue to operate in between the sticks for the hosts. The Slovak shot-stopper would hope to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Sunday.
Eddie Howe is expected to field the defensive duo of Jamaal Lascelles and Dan Burn at the heart of the Magpies’ backline. Their main objective would be to track and close down the potential openings the City front-men might create.
Emil Krafth is a guaranteed starter at the right wing-back spot, whereas Matt Targett will fill in on the other flank as the left wing-back.
Joelinton and Jonjo Shelvey are expected to start in the central midfield positions, whereas Bruno Guimaraes will slot in as the defensive midfielder. The duo would be determined to set up some clear-cut goal-scoring chances for the front men.
Joe Willock will have to settle for a place on the bench but could come on in the second half of the game if needed.
Jacob Murphy and Allan Saint-Maximin will take up the wide positions, playing down the right and left-wing, respectively.
Chris Wood will lead the line for the visitors against Manchester City this weekend. The striker would hope to get his name on the scoresheet when he faces off against the defence that has conceded seven goals in their last five matches across all competitions.