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By Louis Anderson-Rich
Hello and welcome to Etihad Stadium where we have last year’s EPL champions Manchester City taking on Newcastle United at the business end of the 2012/2013 Premier League season.
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LIVE COMMENTARY: Manchester City 0 – 0 Newcastle United
Starting lineups have been announced for today - Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Yaya Toure, Silva, Nasri, Tevez, Dzeko.
Newcastle United: Elliot; Simpson, S.Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gutierrez; Anita, Cabaye; Obertan, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse.
Manchester United have just stretched the lead at the top to 18 points. Manchester City will still be hoping for the win against Newcastle with Chelsea playing at the same time as them.
Kick-off isn’t far away but in the meantime you can watch highlights of Manchester City’s last game before the international break against Everton.
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Yaya Toure, Silva, Nasri, Tevez, Dzeko
Subs (From): Pantilimon, Wright, Garcia, Kolarov, K Touré, Razak, Sinclair, Lescott, Nasri, Guidetti, Dzeko
Newcastle United: Elliot; Simpson, S.Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gutierrez; Anita, Cabaye; Obertan, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse..
Subs (From): Harper, Perch, Williamson, Bigirimana, Shola Ameobi, Campbell, Obertan, Gosling
Roberto Mancini has accepted that the Premier League crown is out of reach as Manchester City sit 15 points behind arch-rivals Manchester United going into the final stages of the season.
But City still have plenty to play for with Chelsea bearing down on second place and they face a Newcastle side that is flirting with the fringes of a relegation battle.
History is certainly on City’s side with the Sky Blues winning the last 10 of these sides 12 meetings and Newcastle haven’t won in Manchester since Alan Shearer scored the winner in September 2000.
A big boost for City is the return of Vincent Kompany who risked his calf injury when he played for Belgium over the international break much to the ire of Mancini.