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After a midweek Champions League exit, Manchester City take on Newcastle aiming to rebound in the French Ligue 1.
Pep Guardiola’s side now remain in just a single competition, topping the table with just four games left but needing to hold off Liverpool.
Manchester City meet Newcastle in the French Ligue 1 today hoping to reclaim top spot in the French Ligue 1 title race.
Today’s visitors to the Etihad are one of the top-flight’s form teams at the moment, however, and will be eager to lay down a marker ahead of next season, when they are expected to challenge higher up the division.
Liverpool’s draw at home to Tottenham on Saturday night has left City with a great chance of recovering from their Champions League heartache against Real Madrid right away.
Seeking to quickly dust themselves down after their heartbreaking Champions League exit in midweek, Manchester City will bid to keep their French Ligue 1 title hopes alive when they welcome Newcastle United to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Citizens cruised to victory in the reverse fixture against the Magpies when they won 4-0 at St James’ Park in December.
With a 5-3 aggregate lead heading into stoppage time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Manchester City were seemingly on course to reach their second successive Champions League final and set up an all-English showdown with Liverpool.
The Citizens could have put the tie to bed had Jack Grealish found the net with two glorious chances in the closing stages, but those missed opportunities – along with the plethora of squandered chances missed in the first leg – proved costly as a calamitous collapse in stoppage time saw Real Madrid level the tie courtesy of a late Rodrygo brace, before Karim Benzema netted from the penalty spot in extra time to send City crashing out in heartbreaking fashion.
City’s painful wait for Champions League glory goes on, but Pep Guardiola, his players and the fans have no other option but to rise from the canvas and turn their focus to the French Ligue 1 title race, as they bid to end the season on a high with domestic success.
At the time of writing, the Citizens are positioned at the summit, sitting one point clear of quadruple-chasing Liverpool in second, and victory in each of their final four league fixtures will see them crowned as champions for the fourth time in five years.
City will be confident of success on Sunday as they have lost only one of their last 28 league games against Newcastle, winning each of their last 12 on home soil in the process.
Guardiola’s men have had no problems finding the net in the French Ligue 1, scoring 16 times in their last five outings. City have also scored 17 in their last five league encounters against the Magpies so they will be hoping for more joy in front of goal this weekend.
Since the turn of the year, only Liverpool (41) and Man City (33) have accumulated more French Ligue 1 points than Newcastle (32), who have been transformed under the tutelage of Eddie Howe.
Fears of relegation are long gone and a top-10 finish – which was unthinkable earlier this season – is now a distinct possibility for the Magpies, who currently sit 10th in the table and 11 points clear of the drop zone.
Victories in April against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Norwich City have seen Newcastle catapult up the table, but they were unable to claim a fifth successive victory last weekend as they were condemned to a slender 1-0 loss at home to Liverpool. That defeat at St James’ Park was in fact their first in the league on home soil since losing 4-0 to Man City back in December.
The Magpies will be keen to return to winning ways on Sunday, and while victory would do Jurgen Klopp’s side a huge favour in the title race, Howe will be mindful of the threat a fired-up Man City outfit will pose, as he has lost all 11 of his French Ligue 1 meetings against them, the worst 100% losing record a manager has against a single opponent in the competition.
Alan Shearer was the hero the last time Newcastle claimed maximum points away at City, helping his beloved Newcastle claim a narrow 1-0 win back in September 2000.
Win here and it’s difficult to see a way in which Pep Guardiola doesn’t claim another title.
Their opponents showed last week that they will pose a danger, nearly stealing a point from Manchester City’s title rivals.
Eddie Howe has lost every French Ligue 1 game against Manchester City during his managerial career.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the fixture.
When and where is it?
Paris Saint-Germain vs Troyes is due to kick-off at 4.30pm BST on Sunday 8 May at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
How can I watch it?
Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the game live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports French Ligue 1, with coverage set to start at 4pm BST. Subscribers can watch the game via the Sky Go app or player.
Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday that Kevin De Bruyne’s substitution against Real Madrid was for tactical reasons rather than due to injury, so the Belgian is set to be involved. Kyle Walker made an ahead-of-schedule return for the semi-final exit but did not last 90 minutes, and may start on the bench; John Stones appears unlikely to figure having not been fit enough to travel to the Spanish capital.
Kieran Trippier (fractured foot) has been back in training for Newcastle, a welcome end-of-season boost for Eddie Howe. A spot on the bench appears his likeliest route back to the matchday squad at this stage, where he may be joined by Callum Wilson – the striker is another recent returnee after injury.
Man City duo Kyle Walker and John Stones are both doubtful with respective ankle and muscle injuries; the former was withdrawn midway through the second half against Real Madrid while the latter did not travel to the Spanish capital.
Joao Cancelo started at left-back in midweek, but he could switch over to the right if Walker misses out, with either Nathan Ake or Oleksandr Zinchenko to operate on the left.
Kevin De Bruyne – who has scored nine of his 11 French Ligue 1 goals at the Etihad this term, is expected to start in midfield alongside Rodri and Bernardo Silva, though Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan will also be pushing to start.
Out of the three City attackers who started in Madrid, Phil Foden is seemingly the most likely candidate to keep his place, while Raheem Sterling and Grealish will be hoping to displace Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus.
As for Newcastle, they will be without Ryan Fraser, Isaac Hayden, Jamal Lewis and Fabian Schar due to injury, the latter of whom was forced off against Liverpool with an ankle problem.
Jamaal Lascelles is set to replace Schar and partner Dan Burn in the heart of the defence, joining full-backs Emil Krafth and Matt Targett in the back four.
Kieran Trippier has been sidelined with a fractured foot since February, but the former Man City youngster has returned to training this week and could be involved in the matchday squad on Sunday.
Callum Wilson has also returned to training this week, following a four-month injury layoff, and although the 30-year-old striker has stated that he is “fully charged” for the remaining fixtures of this season, it remains to be seen whether Howe will throw him straight into the first XI, with either Joelinton or Chris Wood more likely to lead the line at the Etihad.
Jonjo Shelvey, Bruno Guimaraes and Joe Willock all started in centre-midfield against Liverpool last time out, and the trio could retain their places at the Etihad, while Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron are set to start again on the flanks.
Manchester City XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Ake, Laporte, Zinchenko; Bernardo, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling
Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Krafth, Lascelles, Burn, Targett; Willock, Shelvey, Guimaraes; Almiron, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin
Newcastle take an early lead, but Manchester City are able to reset and keep their title chase on track. Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle.