City won’t see it that way, however, as Pep Guardiola looks for a response from his team following defeat at Southampton.
They also want to be seen as one of the favourites to win the Champions League, which means finding consistency domestically beforehand.
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Newcastle look set for a mid-table Premier League finish, but with potential investment over the summer, players should be looking to prove their worth to remain involved.
Here’s all you need to know about the game.
When is it and what time is kick-off?
The match will begin at 6pm on Wednesday 8 July at the Etihad Stadium.
How can I watch it online and on TV?
The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Extra 1.
What is the team news?
City are without striker Sergio Aguero, but Pep Guardiola should have the rest of his squad available.
Newcastle will be missing midfield duo Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff, but Danny Rose should return.
Man City: Ederson; Cancelo, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy; Gundogan, De Bruyne, D Silva; B Silva, Sterling, Foden.
Newcastle: Dubravka; Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose; Bentaleb, Shelvey; Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Ritchie; Gayle.
What are the odds?
Man City – 1/7
Draw – 9/1
Newcastle – 25/1