Finally, after watching nine other matches in the Premier League this weekend, Newcastle United get their turn tonight as they kick off their domestic campaign with a tough trip to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City.

The match will mark the debut of City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who replaced Roberto Mancini in the summer as the Italian was bombed out after failing to deliver a second Premier League triumph.

No such drama at Newcastle, although Joe Kinnear should be in attendance for his first match as the Geordies’ new Director of Football.

Despite being in charge of transfers at St James’ Park, Kinnear’s only summer recruitment, Loic Remy, will miss the match at the Etihad. The on loan Frenchman is set to miss up to three games with a lack of fitness after his Loftus Road departure.

Other than Remy, Alan Pardew has only one more injury concern. Davide Santon has an unspecified problem and could be replaced by youngster Paul Dummett, who has featured prominently in numerous pre-season games. Another option could be Vurnon Anita, who became accustomed to the position while playing for previous club Ajax.

The rest of the Newcastle squad is available for selection, so the starting line-up will provide a clear indication of Pardew’s intentions towards the game.

As for City, new signings Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas are all available and ready to make their debuts, but defender Matija Nastastic is missing with an ankle injury.

Striker Edin Dzeko has been in fine form in pre-season for City, scoring a memorable volley against Sunderland in the Asia Trophy that could earn him a start ahead of Pellegrini’s new recruits.

Referee for the clash is Andre Marriner, the man who took charge of the 6-0 home mauling Newcastle suffered at the hands of Liverpool last season. Let’s hope that isn’t a bad omen come 8pm this evening.