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Newcastle will be without Callum Wilson while John Stones is back from suspension for Man City; watch Newcastle vs Man City live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 7.30pm on Friday - kick-off 8pm

Manchester City's Ferran Torres and Newcastle United's Federico Fernandez battle for the ball

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Newcastle vs Man City in the Premier League on Friday, live on Sky Sports (kick-off 8pm).

Team news

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson will miss Friday night's Premier League clash with newly-crowned champions Manchester City through injury.

Wilson suffered a hamstring injury during last Friday's 4-2 win at Leicester, in which he scored his 11th and 12th goals of the campaign, and will sit out the final three games of the season as a result.

Loan signing Joe Willock is fit after struggling with cramp late in the game at the King Power Stadium, but defender Fabian Schar serves the second instalment of a three-match ban and goalkeeper Karl Darlow and midfielder Isaac Hayden (both knee), skipper Jamaal Lascelles (foot) and winger Ryan Fraser (groin) are still sidelined.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has thanked Jurgen Klopp for his message of congratulations and described the Liverpool manager as an 'inspiration'

Man City are likely to be without playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who is still not fully fit after missing last week's loss to Chelsea through fatigue.

Defender John Stones is available again after completing a three-match domestic suspension.

Manager Pep Guardiola, who may start to rotate his squad in preparation for the Champions League final, has no other fitness concerns.

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Newcastle vs Man City will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 7.30pm; kick-off 8pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

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Jones Knows' prediction

It seems strange to think there was a time this season where Manchester City - congratulations to them - weren't fancied to win the Premier League. After nine games - as all the talk surrounding Jose Mourinho masterclasses after Spurs' 2-0 win over City - Pep's boys were 10th in the table yet the bookmakers rarely took any chances with them - even at that stage they were only 11/4 with Sky Bet to win it. A fine price looking back if you were shrewd enough. There isn't much to get excited about in the outright match betting with City trading at 2/9 with Sky Bet - I don't need to tell you they will most likely win this match.

I'll go card hunting instead.

Fernandinho has been channelling his inner Scott McTominay in the past two games, making seven fouls - some of them very borderline - without picking up a yellow card. They don't come more wily than the Brazilian. However, faced with marking Allan Saint-Maximin in this encounter should bring the chances of him picking up a yellow card very much into play. The flying Frenchman has drawn yellow cards off Ozan Kabak, Fabinho and Granit Xhaka in his last three appearances. Fernandinho won't be able to resist a nibble. Back him at 100/30 with Sky Bet.


BETTING ANGLE: Fernandinho to be carded (100/30 with Sky Bet)

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle’s win at Leicester

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea's win against Manchester City

PL permutations

Newcastle, in 16th place, can mathematically still finish as high as 11th if they win their remaining three Premier League games while Manchester City have already been confirmed as champions. They can finish the season on 89 points if they win all three of their remaining fixtures.

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Opta stats

  • Newcastle United have won one of their last 26 Premier League matches against Manchester City (D4 L21), winning 2-1 in January 2019 despite going behind in the opening minute.
  • Manchester City have won one of their last four away Premier League games against Newcastle (D2 L1), going ahead in all three games they failed to win.
  • Newcastle have managed just 41 shots in their seven Premier League matches against Pep Guardiola's Man City (W1 D1 L5), averaging just 23 per cent possession across those games. The Magpies last managed 10+ shots in a league game against City back in August 2014 (12).
  • Manchester City have conceded the first goal in just one of their last 22 Premier League matches against Newcastle, doing so in October 2015 - they came back to win 6-1 at the Etihad. They haven't done so in any of their last 12 visits to St James' Park, since a 1-0 defeat in September 2005.
  • Manchester City have won their last 11 away Premier League matches and a win in this match would see them break the all-time record in the top four tiers of English league football, currently held by Chelsea in 2008 and Manchester City themselves in 2017.

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Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce says he hopes to be in charge of the club next season and has already started making plans for the new campaign
  • Manchester City have kept 16 clean sheets away from home in all competitions this season and are one away from equalling the all-time record by a top-flight team in a season, after Liverpool in 1975-76, Chelsea in 2003-04 and Man Utd in 2008-09, who all kept 17 on the road.
  • Newcastle have won one of their last 20 Premier League matches against teams starting the day top of the table (D5 L14), a 2-1 win over Chelsea in December 2014.
  • In all competitions, Man City are unbeaten in 22 away matches (W20 D2), the longest ever run by an English top-flight team. Should they avoid defeat here, they will break the record away unbeaten run by a team in England's top four tiers, with Notts County also going 22 without defeat on the road between February and December 2012 as a League One side.
  • Newcastle striker Callum Wilson has been involved in 17 Premier League goals in 26 appearances for the Magpies this season (12 goals, five assists), the most by an Englishman in their first top-flight season for the club since Alan Shearer scored 25 goals and assisted seven more in 1996-97.
  • Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has scored 15 goals in 14 Premier League appearances against Newcastle, averaging a goal every 61 minutes. Only three players have scored 16+ goals against an opponent in the competition - Alan Shearer against Leeds United (20), and Les Ferdinand & Alan Shearer against Everton (both 16).

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