Manchester City Opposition Watch: Newcastle United

Following Manchester City’s weekend win over Nottingham Forest, up next for the treble winners is Newcastle United. The game will be played at St. James Park as part of the Carabao Cup third round.

Eddie Howe’s side will head into the game off the back of consecutive Premier League wins and a draw in the UEFA Champions League away to AC Milan. They beat Sheffield United 8-nil on the weekend at Bramall Lane. Newcastle had 8 individual goalscorers in the rout of the Blades and will have their tails up for the clash with City. Before that, they beat Brentford 1-nil at St. James Park, that win ended a sequence of three successive losses. Howe’s side lost to City, Liverpool and Brighton before their 3-match unbeaten run.

On the injury front, Newcastle will head into the clash with City without Harvey Barnes. The new signing suffered a foot injury in the rout of Sheffield United. Eddie Howe told the media: “It’s an injury to his foot, just below the toe. And I think it’s quite a substantial injury. We’ve had the scans and now we’re waiting now a specialist opinion on what’s next and whether there’s surgery involved or not.”

The Newcastle manager also hinted that he may rotate his squad for the Carabao Cup tie. With the Premier League and Champions League upcoming he may rotate his squad. He told the media pre-game: “There’s a couple of players carrying certain injuries. We do have players that are really keen to play and show what they can do. We will have to utilise the squad, especially with what we have coming up next week.”

Whatever starting eleven Newcastle United put out, City will face a tough task at St. James Park.

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