CONFIRMED: Newcastle and Manchester City line-ups

Here is how Newcastle United and Manchester City will line up for this afternoon’s Premier League match.

Newcastle United starting XI: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Cabella, Gouffran, Riviere

Subs: Elliot, Haidara, S Taylor, Abeid, Obertan, Perez, Aarons

Manchester City starting XI: Hart, Clichy, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Jovetic, Dzeko

Subs: Caballero, Boyata, Zabaleta, Milner, Fernandinho, Navas, Aguero

Newcastle United have impressed with their summer spending, but now it is time to see if Alan Pardew’s new players can mould themselves into an effective team.

Manchester City have also bought well, adding quality and depth exactly where it was needed and their biggest challenge could be maintaining last season’s form amid increased expectation.

Manuel Pellegrini will want to ensure last weekend’s Community Shield defeat was a blip rather than a sign of things to come against more attack-minded teams. But they can expect a very tough match at St James’ Park, where the Magpies will want to start as they mean to go on.

Newcastle are without the injured Siem de Jong, Cheick Tiote, Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse, while City’s Alvaro Negredo is a long-term injury absentee and Eliaquim Mangala is not yet match-fit.

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