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Premier League Preview: Newcastle - Manchester City


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Alan Pardew could be without influential midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), after he suffered a reaction after coming back from his injury in the defeat at Fulham.

Steven Taylor (hamstring) and Yohan Cabaye remain sidelined for the Magpies but winger Gabriel Obertan (toe) could return following a month out.

Vincent Kompany (groin) has missed training after limping out of last week's Manchester derby and is likely to miss the trip to St James' Park, while James Milner may return from a hamstring injury.

Gareth Barry will definitely be missing though, the England midfielder will serve a one-match ban for abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official during the Manchester derby.

Jack Rodwell (hamstring) is regaining fitness but Micah Richards (ankle) admitted this week he does not expect to return until February.

  • Newcastle has 10 points fewer than it did at this point last season.
  • Demba Ba (pictured) has scored five goals in his last six Premier League appearances at St James' Park.

  • Dan Gosling has scored in both of his Premier League appearances against Manchester City.

  • Manchester City has scored six goals in its last five Premier League away matches and four of those have been netted by substitutes.

  • City is unbeaten in its last 10 Premier League away games and has kept five clean sheets in that run
  • Manchester City has won nine, lost none and drawn two of its last 11 Premier League games against Newcastle.
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