Manchester City vs Newcastle United
Manchester City will be without John Stones and Bernardo Silva, while Kevin de Bruyne is ruled out for up to five months because of a hamstring injury.
Ruben Dias is a doubt because of the concussion that prevented him from playing in their opening two league and cup games.
Newcastle’s Emil Krafth, Javier Manquillo and Joe Willock remain on the sidelines. Head coach Eddie Howe has no other injury concerns amongst his squad.
Two of the Premier League’s big winners on the opening weekend square off in an intriguing Etihad encounter on Saturday night, as Manchester City host Newcastle United.
The Magpies demolished Aston Villa 5-1 at St James’ Park last weekend, while Pep Guardiola’s side recently clinched UEFA Super Cup glory against Sevilla.
Ten days on from scoring a fine opener in the Community Shield against Arsenal – albeit one that counted for nought – Cole Palmer made lightning strike twice in Piraeus, heading home the leveller against Sevilla after Youssef En-Nesyri had broken the deadlock.
The Europa League holders and renowned continental specialists carved out several openings against the Champions League winners at Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, but penalties would be required to decide the destiny of the UEFA Super Cup, where nine spot kicks rippled the net before Nemanja Gudelj rattled the crossbar.
The student reunited with his master as Clarets boss Vincent Kompany tried to mastermind an opening-day shock, but Erling Haaland’s customary brace swiftly killed such hopes, before Rodri put the cherry on the icing on the cake to ensure Man City started as they mean to go on.
Now returning to their Etihad headquarters for the first time this season, Man City are aiming to stretch their magnificent Premier League winning streak on familiar turf to 11 matches, having triumphed in all of their top-flight home meetings in 2023 since being held by Everton on New Year’s Eve.