Newcastle’s defence has been strained due to injuries, which makes both of their centre backs vital for the match.
A key battle between opposite numbers will be Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany taking on Fabricio Coloccini, one of the more experienced players in the Newcastle line-up.
Here’s how they compare against each other in key areas based on games this season.
|Position||Team||Outfielder Block||Won Tackle||Offside Provoked||Effective Clearance||Aerial Won||Interception Won||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Vincent Kompany||DF||Man City||11||20||12||69||23||34||17||1,516|
The Newcastle man is ahead in all key areas, but he has made five more appearances that the Belgian this season.
Coloccini is important for Newcastle in terms of reading the game, intercepting and tackling well but also doing the basics properly and clearing the ball into the stands when he has to.
Kompany does get close in terms of outfield blocks and tackles won, which suggests he’s slightly better in terms of his positional play and showing aggression against strikers because his ratio to games in these areas is better.
Whichever defender can produce the better stats in the match this weekend has a great chance of coming out on the winning team with City chasing Chelsea at the top of the table and Newcastle after a top eight place.