MANCHESTER CITY VS NEWCASTLE UNITED
NAVAS, FERNANDINHO, FERNANDO, MILNER,
HAIDARA, COLOCCINI, WILLIAMSON, JANMAAT,
Manchester City remain in second place in the Barclays Premier League but seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea. But their form at the Etihad is poor compared to last season.
When City won the title they lost just once at home - against Chelsea - while winning 17 and drawing one. They also scored 63 goals and conceded just 13; already they have conceded 12 while winning only seven of their 12 home games.
City's 4-1 win at Stoke a fortnight ago was their first in five league games. They have failed to win in their last two games at home; a third failure would represent their worst run at home since November 2010.
Newcastle are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games, their best run since November. When the teams met at St James' Park in August City won 2-0 with goals from David Silva and Sergio Ag¸ero.
But when the teams met in the Capital One Cup in October, Newcastle won 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium with goals from Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko.
When the teams met in the league at the Etihad last season, City won 4-0 and Newcastle finished with 10 men after Steven Taylor was red-carded. Indeed, Newcastle have won just once in 15 Premier League visits to City, in September 2000.
They have also lost on their six visits, conceding 18 goals and scoring just four.
City test Sergio Aguero while Newcastle are without Aarons, Paul Dummett, Jonas Gutierrez, Taylor and Chieck Tiote.