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Manchester City host Newcastle on Wednesday night as they move closer to securing 2nd place in the Premier League table. The Magpies make the trip to the Etihad Stadium when they are in an unbeaten six-game sequence and Steve Bruce's teachers and students will not face a relegation battle in the coming weeks.

Kevin De Bruyne was sidelined in a 1-0 loss to Southampton on Sunday but will return to midfield this match while Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden will also hope to return from the whistle. center. Man City have won 10 of the last 11 home games against Newcastle in all competitions and have seen more than 2.5 goals in 10 of the last 11 home games against their opponents in North East. Man City have scored at least 2 goals in the last 8 home games (Premier League) and won 7 times in that series as well as kept clean sheets in all 4 recent home matches with winning in the first half and full time this series. Man City ranked second still has a gap of up to 8 points compared to Leicester City, Pep Guardiola's side have lost 3 of their last 6 Premier League matches and each defeat away from home makes the Spaniard worry. Gabriel Jesus did not take advantage of his opportunities in place of injured Sergio Aguero, with the Brazilian striker having gone nine matches without scoring.

Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden are expected to be absent for 2 to 3 weeks with hamstring injuries. Daniel Rose should be back at left-back against Manchester City, with Javier Manquillo turning to the right-back. With neither Hayden and Sean Longstaff joining the guests, Nabil Bentaleb or Matthew Longstaff will start in midfield here and Matt Ritchie will also push to return to the squad for Dwight Gayle and Joelinton to fight for. a position in attack. Newcastle are unbeaten in their last 6 matches (Premier League), the latest is a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham on Sunday when both times were ahead and only Manchester United are in good shape. more at the moment (9 unbeaten matches). Newcastle have won the last 2 away matches.