Manchester City and Newcastle United will both seek to continue their winning starts to the Premier League campaign when they lock horns at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday night (20.00).
The Magpies ran out 5-1 winners against Aston Villa last week, while Man City recently clinched UEFA Super Cup glory against Sevilla.
The headline injury news for Manchester City is Kevin De Bruyne, who appeared to aggrevate the injury he suffered in the Champions League final, against Burnley last week, and as a result looks set to be sidelined for three to four months.
John Stones and Ruben Dias were back in the matchday squad against Sevilla, where Josko Gvardiol made his first start in sky blue, so Pep Guardiola certainly has options to choose from at centre back.
As for the visitors, Harvey Barnes could be rewarded with a start at the Etihad after his impact from the bench against Villa, while Joe Willock (hamstring) and Javier Manquillo (groin) remain on the sidelines.
Man City and both teams to score @ 11/5
City averaged over three goals-per-game at home in the Premier League last season and have scored in all three of their fixtures this term.
However, the hosts have conceded in two of those games and face a quick turnaround after Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup triumph over Sevilla and they may struggle to keep Newcastle’s attack quiet after they hit five against Aston Villa in their opener.
Pep Guardiola’s men have won their last 16 competitive home games, so I think they will have enough quality to see the game through.
For all Newcastle’s potential, they will still have to get over the mental hurdle of beating Europe’s best team, who have defeated them seven times in their last eight meetings – with the odd one out being a draw.
Erling Haaland to score first @ 9/4
It’s well-documented how prolific the Norwegian is, and he started his season where he left off against Burnley, bagging himself a brace.
He scored against Newcastle last season, and if City’s opener is anything to go by, it’s going to take a lot to slow him down this term.
City will get chances against the Magpies no doubt, and all Haaland needs is a sniff at goal.