Alan Pardew has made 5 changes from the side that lost 2-1 at Sunderland on Sunday and in comes 20 year-old French U21 International Massadio Haidara for his first game of the season, and Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse also start up front in a 4-4-2 formation.
As expected Vurnon Anita is recalled in a middle four that consists also of captain Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran.
Yanga-Mbiwa gets another chance in central defense alongside Mike Williamson, and Tim Krul is again in goal.
If Newcastle are going to get through this game then we’ll have to start with a lot more passion and energy than we started the last game at Sunderland, otherwise this contest could be over rather early.
The Newcastle bench is quite strong – Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa and Loic Remy.
For Manchester City 6’8″ Romanian Costel Pantilimon is in goal, replacing England goalkeeper Joe Hart, but he also played in the last round of the Capital One Cup.
There’s some debate as to whether Joe Hart will be dropped for the next game, after his terrible blunder that gifted all 3 points to Chelsea on Sunday.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Loic Remy
Manchester City – Pantilimon, Richards, Boyata, Lescott, Kolarov, Rodwell, Garcia, Navas, Milner, Jovetic, Dzeko
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)