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Predicted Manchester City line-up for the away fixture at St James’ Park

Premier League champions Manchester City travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United on Friday evening.

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions for the fifth time after Manchester United dropped points against Leicester City to end the title race.

Pep Guardiola has now guided the Sky Blues to three league titles since taking over in 2016 and could potentially deliver Manchester City their first-ever UEFA Champions League title when they take on Chelsea in the final at the end of this month.

The 2020/21 Premier League winners now travel to St James’ Park where they face Steve Bruce‘s Newcastle United. The Magpies have struggled this season and are currently placed 16th on the table with three games remaining.

It is safe to say that Manchester City are clear favourites for the clash on Friday evening. Pep Guardiola will be aiming for three points and is expected to play his best starting eleven despite securing the title a few days ago.

Ederson will start in goal at St James’ Park, the Brazilian has managed to keep 18 clean sheets so far this season and will look to get his hands on the Golden Glove.

In defence, Guardiola will bestow his faith in the partnership of Ruben Dias and John Stones once again. Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake started in the previous fixture against Chelsea in the league that ended as a 1-2 defeat for the Sky Blues. With that being said, Dias will join Stones in the heart of the defence and will look to eliminate Newcastle United’s attacking threat.

Benjamin Mendy and Joao Cancelo started on the flanks against Chelsea and it is expected that Guardiola would rotate the two full-backs for the fixture against Newcastle. Oleksandr Zinchenko will slot into Benjamin Mendy’s position and Kyle Walker will replace Joao Cancelo on the right flank to complete the back-four.

In midfield, Pep Guardiola will be missing the services of Kevin De Bruyne who is currently suffering from a muscle injury, as per official reports from the club. Ilkay Gundogan and Rodri are expected to play as the two central midfielders while Bernardo Silva will play as an attacking midfielder to cover in for De Bruyne.

The final third would see Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez on the wings with Gabriel Jesus as the sole striker. Mahrez will certainly poise to be a threat for Newcastle United’s backline as the Algerian has been in fine goal-scoring form lately. Sergio Aguero could also be introduced later on in the game as he runs his last few laps as a Manchester City player.

What is your opinion on this potential Manchester City eleven? Will they get past Steve Bruce’s side on Friday evening and pick up three points?