Newcastle host Man City for the live Super Sunday lunchtime clash

With Arsenal sitting pretty at the top of the Barclays Premier League as we enter the New Year Manchester City are starting to show their fans that with one point between them and the top spot they are one of the main contenders to win this league. Meanwhile Newcastle can be inconsistent with their results as the Magpies try to remain within reach of a European spot.

The Sunday afternoon clash will be played at Newcastle’s ground which is deal for the home team as Man City’s form at the Etihad Stadium has been a hard place to come away with a result. As Newcastle welcome the visitors to St James’ Park Alan Pardew’s Newcastle will be looking to get a result and gain some momentum, but Man City are proving to be one of the hardest sides to beat in the Premiership.

Over the last couple of months we have seen a heavily congested top five contest in the table and some surprise teams have been getting results as last year’s champions Manchester United struggle through their transitional period. The strength off the teams in the top half of the league show some elite sides now in contention making the most of Man United’s fall from grace.

A preview of the game is documented on the Sky Sports website as the Magpies prepare to take on a free-scoring City side that are the favourites to win the league, while Alan Pardew’s side look to turn around recent back-to-back defeats in this campaign.

With Arsenal playing Monday this could be the ideal opportunity for Manuel Pellegrini’s men to take the top spot and Paul Merson predicts a 1-1 draw highlighting the form of Yaya Toure being the deciding factor here. He also mentions the loss of Sergio Aguero, who along with Luis Suarez seem to be the best strikers in the Premiership.

Negredo looks on fine form of late and he could also be in contention to break down the defences of Newcastle at home. When it comes to the team line-ups Pardew has welcomed the return of Yohan Cabaye after his injury, and Tim Krul also looks set to comeback after sitting out their 2-1 FA Cup defeat nursing a shoulder complaint.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini is a doubt with a knee problem while Mathieu Debuchy is serving a three-match ban. Manchester City’s lineup could see midfield maestro and African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure sit this one out after a knock to his ankle conceded in the Capital One Cup thrashing of the Hammers, while Martin Demichelis is closing on full match fitness and Dedryck Boyata is available after serving a suspension.

Stevan Jovetic and Micah Richards have returned to full training but we are unsure whether they will both be included, while those definitely out include top scorer Aguero (calf) and Jack Rodwell with a hamstring injury.

The Premier League game will kick off from around 2pm on Sky Sports 1 HD and Sky Sports 3D, and we predict an away win for Manchester City, so will you be watching this big game Sunday lunchtime? Alternatively, what do you think the result will be?