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Newcastle United’s game in hand comes in the most difficult of forms, as Manchester City travel to St James’ Park in top form.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men suffered a mini breakdown in March, but have since knocked PSG out of the Champions League and seen off Chelsea at the weekend to move into third in the table.

Newcastle meanwhile need the points to move out of the bottom three on goal difference, after winning against Swansea on Saturday afternoon.

TEAM NEWS

Fabricio Coloccini still remains sidelined with a calf injury, so Moussa Sissoko or Jonjo Shelvey will captain the side, depending on whether or not Rafa Benitez decides to make any changes from the XI that beat Swansea.

Vurnon Anita should continue at right-back, with Daryl Janmaat and Kevin Mbabu both missing out through injury.

Papiss Cisse may be dropped in favour of Aleksandar Mitrovic, although Benitez may decide to stick with the same starting XI that defeated Swansea.

Man City are boosted by the return of captain Vincent Kompany, while Raheem Sterling is also expected to be in the squad.

David Silva is out with an ankle injury, while there are doubts over full backs Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy.

STATS

Sergio Aguero has 99 Premier League goals to his name, ten of which have came against Newcastle.

Man City have won the last six games against Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Demba Ba was the last player to score for Newcastle against City in the Premier League, back in 2013.

The last time Newcastle won against City at home in the league, Michael Owen scored the winner.

A win for Newcastle would be their first consecutive wins since December, when they beat Spurs and Liverpool.