Manchester City travel to Newcastle to face Eddie Howe’s side in the first fixture of their quest to once again become Carabao Cup champions, having not won the competition since 2021.
At the weekend, two goals in seven minutes from Phil Foden and Erling Haaland was enough to overcome Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest side to take three points and maintain their lead at the top of the table.
Foden continued his impressive start to the season with a delightful finish, on the half-volley, following a delicate lay-off by Kyle Walker.
All the while, Haaland headed in his eighth goal of the Premier League season from close range after a precise cross from summer signing Matheus Nunes.
Now, Manchester City turn their attention to a tough test in the third round of the Carabao Cup against a Newcastle side that emphatically dispatched Sheffield United in an 8-0 away thrashing – Howe’s team boasted eight different goalscorers in a record-breaking victory.
Despite being on a three-match unbeaten run in all competitions, the Magpies have suffered a tricky start to the season due to a difficult run of fixtures, having already faced the likes of Aston Villa, Manchester City, Liverpool, Brighton and Brentford.
Whilst their fixtures have been tough, they find themselves eighth in the Premier League, with nine points from six games, and in a position to kick-on and replicate the impressive campaign they had last term.
These two sides have already squared off once this season in a fixture which ended with a 1-0 victory for Manchester City, owing to a Julian Alvarez finish to his far-left corner.
Manchester City will take on Newcastle United on Wednesday 27th September at St James’ Park, with kick-off scheduled for 20:00 BST.
John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva remain sidelined due to injury.
Rodri will also miss the cup clash as part of the three-match ban he received due to the red card against Nottingham Forest.
Guardiola confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Kalvin Phillips will be handed his first start of the season in the Spaniard’s absence.
Furthermore, the City manager offered some positive injury news, with Jack Grealish and Matteo Kovacic being in a “much better” position and both individuals in contention to feature on Tyneside in midweek.
Last campaign, City had to fight back from 3-1 down to secure a 3-3 draw at St James’ Park after Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson and Kieran Tripper all scored following an early Ilkay Gundogan opener.
It was a different story in the reverse fixture, however, as goals from Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva saw City take three points at the Etihad Stadium in what was a comfortable performance.
How To Watch
For viewers in the United Kingdom, the match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.
For viewers in the United States, you can watch the match on ESPN+, with kick-off scheduled for 15:00 EST.
For fans living elsewhere, you can find the complete TV listings here!
City Xtra will also have live coverage of the tie via a live Watchalong show on our official Youtube channel!
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