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Manchester City vs Newcastle United, Premier League: live score and latest updates from the Etihad

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8:08PM

5 mins: Man City 0 Newcastle 0  

First moment of danger, though, comes from City. De Bruyne with an outswinging corner from the right. Newcastle just about manage to get that clear.

8:06PM

3 mins: Man City 0 Newcastle 0 

Newcastle come again, a ball to Almiron, a cross aimed at Joelinton. 

Crunching foul from Torres on Longstaff, M.

8:02PM

1 mins: Man City 0 Newcastle 0

Newcastle on the front foot early on, passing it around and pushing City back.

8:01PM

Our referee tonight

Is the Rhyme Of The Andre Marriner. He blows the whistle, the players take a knee, and we are underway.

Elsewhere, a good story here about Mesut Ozil.

8:00PM

A minute’s silence

For figures connected with both clubs who passed away this year. Peter Bonetti among them.

7:59PM

Steve McManaman

“If it’s anything like last time they were here it is going to be a long evening for Newcastle.”

7:58PM

Four changes for City

Schar, Murphy, Hayden and Matty Longstaff are back into the starting XI; four changes.

7:57PM

False nine

for City, that will be Torres. Cancelo the right back, Cancello LB.

7:57PM

Those City

walk on top are lovely, aren’t they? White with the blue sleeves. Their goalkeeper’s pink atrocity spoiling the effect.

7:55PM

Tipping it down in Manchestoh

Rightly so. Rightly so.

7:52PM

Admirable campaign 

from BT Sport about reducing loneliness/reaching out to a person you might have lost touch with is charmingly illustrated by an advert with Rio Ferdinand having a Zoom call with a woman who was one of the dinner ladies at Man United!

7:49PM

Steve Bruce

“We have had a bad week [with the Brentford result]. But the histrionics that have gone around it are ridiculous, but you get that in a job like ours.”

7:36PM

Geordies approach

this fixture without skipper Lascelles, and they field Big Joe Linton up front rather than Callum Wilson. You’d imagine he’ll be rather lonely up there. Toon appear to be going for a defensive formation, to say the least.

7:03PM

Teams

Man City: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Ake, Gundogan, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Torres. Subs: Aguero, Zinchenko, Steffen, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Foden, Palmer.

Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie, Murphy, Hayden, Matthew Longstaff, Almiron, Joelinton. Subs: Carroll, Gayle, Wilson, Lewis, Krafth, Manquillo, Gillespie, Sean Longstaff, Anderson.

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

7:02PM

City team

Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Torres, Sterling. SUBS | Steffen, Aguero, Zinchenko, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Foden, Palmer.

7:00PM

This match is on BT Sport 1

over on Sky, the amusing spectacle of Arsenal battering Chelsea.

6:16PM

City incoming

Good evening, Tyers here, hope you are having a restful Boxing Day. The live Premier League football feast continues as Newcastle United travel to Manchester City this St Stephen’s night; the match kicks off at 8pm and we will have the team news for Manchester City versus Newcastle United at about 7pm I should think. Also kicking off at 8pm are Sheffield United and Everton, and I dare say we might have an update or two on that as we go along.

With Leicester and Man United having drawn, and Chelsea having dropped points against Arsenal, this represents a decent opportunity for Pep and his guys. They begin the match on 23 points, and a win would put them five points behind Liverpool on the same number of games played. Jurgen Klopp’s side play Sunday and while it is fair to say that City have a long way to go , there are signs that things are falling into place for Pep.

Since getting beaten 2-0 at Spurs they are unbeaten in nine in all comps, winning six and drawing three. Talismanic Premier League great Sergio Aguero is coming back to fitness, timely indeed given that Jesus has got the ‘rona, as does Kyle Walker. They both played in the 4-1 pumping of Arsenal in the League Cup the other day, so who knows how that is developing. It doesn’t look like they’ll be getting Messi by the way.

Newcastle of course have had Covid problems of their own, and serious ones by the sound of it: Allan Saint-Maximin could be out for three more weeks as he struggles with effects of Covid-19. One for the “it’s only a flu except for old people” idiots. Poor guy, hope he recovers alright. And there are other worries in the North East: a desperate League Cup exit against Brentford in the week, for one. Two wins, two defeats and a draw in their Premier League last five sees the Mags on 18 points, absolutely textbook mid-table mediocrity. Be a massive surprise if they went down. Be an even bigger surprise if they achieve anything of note this season. It does rather make you wonder what it’s all for…

Anyway, enough of that. Team news coming up on the hour.

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