Manchester City return to domestic competition as they welcome Newcastle United to the Etihad Stadium looking to continue their hot start to the new season.
In midweek, City travelled to Athens in Greece as they took on Sevilla in the annual UEFA Super Cup, defeating the reigning Europa League champions courtesy of a penalty shoot-out that followed a tight and tense 1-1 affair in regulation time.
The match in normal time was certainly not always in favour of the treble winners as they found themselves down in the first-half thanks to an unstoppable Youssef En-Nesyri headed effort after the Sevilla striker beat Nathan Ake and Josko Gvardiol to a cross.
Sevilla would create several further opportunities throughout the course of the contest, with several falling to the feet of En-Nesyri, only to be denied by the on-form Ederson – who has certainly impressed when called upon in European competition.
Despite their largely under par performance, Manchester City would eventually find a goal of their own, with Cole Palmer scoring a sensational header from a Rodrigo floated ball, levelling the scoreline at 1-1 and securing a penalty shoot-out that City would win 5-4.
In Manchester City’s last Premier League outing and their first showing of the new season, Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions took down recently-promoted Burnley via a 0-3 scoreline at Turf Moor, with Erling Haaland scoring a brace complimented by a solo effort from Rodri.
On the other side of Saturday’s ticket sits the ever-impressive Champions League side Newcastle United, who come into the match off the back of a 5-1 victory over Aston Villa on the opening weekend.
The recently-acquired Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes found themselves on the score sheet for Eddie How’s side, as well as further strikes from attacking forces Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson.
Manchester City will take on Newcastle United on Saturday 19 August, with kick-off at the Etihad Stadium scheduled for 20:00 BST.
John Stones will sit out of Saturday night’s match after leaving post-Super Cup training in Athens feeling “not comfortable,” according to Guardiola. The England international is yet to make an appearance this season, having struggled with fitness issues against Burnley and Sevilla.
Bernardo Silva has also been ruled out by the Catalan manager after he did not travel to Greece with his teammates due to an illness, but is expected to finalise a new contract with Manchester City in the coming days.
Ruben Dias‘ fitness will be called into doubt ahead of Saturday’s fixture, with Pep Guardiola saying, “Ruben (Dias) maybe he will be fit.” The Portuguese defender sat out of the Super Cup due to a concussion, but trained as normal around the contest.
As widely reported and confirmed by the midfielder on social media, Kevin De Bruyne will be ruled out for the foreseeable future after undergoing surgery on his hamstring after sustaining a problem on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Last season, Newcastle United proved to be a challenge for Manchester City early on in the campaign, forcing a 3-3 draw at St. James Park as Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland scored back-to-back in the second-half to salvage a point.
In the reverse meeting over at the Etihad Stadium earlier this year, City largely cruised past Eddie Howe’s side 2-0 in a hotly-contest affair, with Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva finding the back of the net.
How To Watch
For viewers in the United Kingdom, you can view the match on TNT Sports 1.
For viewers in the United States, you can view the match on Peacock, with kick-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EST.
For fans living elsewhere, you can find the complete TV Listings here!
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