Pep Guardiola faces a tough task to lift his Manchester City side as they attempt to bounce back from defeat to Chelsea and conceding the Premier League title to Liverpool.

The Blues travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle on Sunday hoping to reignite hopes of a cup treble.

After already claiming the EFL Cup, there is a distinct possibility that City can rebound strongly as favourites in both the FA Cup and, once it resumes, the Champions League.

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Steve Bruce meanwhile will hope to bolster his case to lead the Magpies moving forward, given the protracted takeover, having seemingly already led the side clear of relegation.

Here is our prediction for the match.

The match will begin at 6:30pm on Saturday 28 June at St James’ Park.

The match will be shown live on BBC One with coverage beginning at 6.10pm. Fans can also catch a live stream of the game on the iPlayer.

Sergio Aguero has undergone surgery, while Gabriel Jesus came off the bench at Chelsea after nursing a knock and should be fit to start here.

John Stones, Eric Garcia and Claudio Bravo are all doubtful doubts, but Phil Foden could return after missing out midweek with a dead leg.

Nabil Bentaleb is suspended, while Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark are injured. Bruce has doubts over Matty Longstaff, Sean Longstaff, Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden.

Newcastle XI: Darlow; Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose; Almiron, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin; Carroll

Man City XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Otamendi, Garcia, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, D Silva; Bernardo, Jesus, Sane

Newcastle: 14/1

Draw: 7/1

Manchester City: 1/6

City have so much quality and depth, the only issue here is psychological and with Newcastle all but certain to settle deep and allow them to play, they should rediscover their form and bounce back from defeat to Chelsea. 

A treble would still be a remarkable achievement, so it’s tricky to see Newcastle able to pull off the upset here, though the defensive errors made against the Blues midweek should offer some encouragement. We’ll go for a 3-1 away win.

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