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Manchester City vs Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Andy Madley
8th July 2020 6:00 PM (BST)
  • 5 Manchester City

    • ‘10' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘21' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘58' Federico Fernández (OG)
    • ‘65' David Silva
    • ‘90'+1' Raheem Sterling
  • 0 Newcastle United


Commentary By John Edwards


Signing off

That's all from me this evening!

A classy, clinical display got us back to winning ways in fine style and it's another welcome confidence boost ahead the FA Cup and Champions League games.

There were brilliant performances all over the pitch, but the wonderful David Silva stood out. He really is one of the finest players we've seen in England.

You can check out all the post-match reaction and stats (there's some good ones) below. 

And we'll be back on Saturday for our trip to Brighton.

Hope you can join us! 👍


More reaction from Pep

Here's what the boss had to say in his post-match press conference:

On David Silva...

"What he has done is incredible, fantastic. Not just for the game today, for the last 10 years. What we want is for the people to come back to the Etihad for a game for him as one of the legends of the club. In the small spaces, he is maybe the best I have seen. Moving between the lines I have never seen someone like him. He came back from lockdown in incredible rhythm."

On Kevin De Bruyne receiving a heavy tackle..

 "I was trembling. That was scary. But after the third goal he made two big runs and I thought OK he is fit. I haven’t spoken to him because of social distance. We have two or three locker rooms. The doctor hasn’t said anything."

On the coming weeks...

"We have four incredible weeks ahead of us that will never come back. It will come back, but in a different way. This chance we have to get to the FA Cup final and Madrid in the second leg, it depends on us.

"The game we played against Saints we created more chances. I don't have doubts about these guys. This game is about winning, that’s all. We did it in the recent past. We are in a good position in the Premier League, scoring a lot of goals. That’s the way we want to play, for our people. Respecting the game of football."


One of the greatest, EVER. 🔥


Saluting Silva 👏

Pep: "The level he is having is the best of the season. He is playing really well. The fans aren’t here, but he will come back to play in front of the fans because he is a legend. He is incredible in the small spaces. I’ve never seen a player like him."


A happy manager 👍

Pep: "A good one [performance]. Three more points. I liked everything, the commitment, we played well. The same level as the last performance. Today we scored the goals we missed in the last game."


Super stats!

🔹 We completed 93.7% of our passes tonight (787/840), the highest recorded figure in a Premier League game since full passing data is available (2003-04).

🔹 David Silva has now reached 10 assists in all competitions in all 10 of his seasons at City. His second tonight was his 121st in total for the Club.

🔹 Silva is the first player aged 34 or older to both score and assist in a Premier League game since Zlatan Ibrahimovic (35) did so for Manchester United against Sunderland in April 2017.

🔹 Silva loves playing Newcastle. He has been directly involved in 12 goals in 16 games against them in the Premier League (five goals & seven assists). That’s his best return against any opponent. 

🔹 Kevin De Bruyne is now on 18 Premier League assists this season. It’s the most in the division since he reached 18 back in 2016-17. The Belgian needs one more to set a new personal best and two to equal Thierry Henry’s record for a single season.


Riyad reacts

"It’s not easy, but we made it easy by scoring early in the game. After, we had more control and could try to score more goals. I think we’ve played good. We had chances in Southampton. Today we scored. That’s the difference. Everyone can score. Everyone has that quality."


A stat to savour!

City equalled the Premier League record of five players reaching double figures in a season. Riyad Mahrez scored his tenth goal tonight to join Sergio Aguero (16), Raheem Sterling (13), Kevin De Bruyne (11) and Gabriel Jesus (10).

The record we equalled was set by Chelsea in 2010/11. Florent Malouda (13), Didier Drogba (11), Frank Lampard (10), Salomon Kalou (10) and Fernando Torres (10).


Matchday show 📺

Joleon Lescott, Cel Spellman and Kyle Walker are reacting to a fantastic display.

GO, GO, GO ☝️ Video a the top of the page.



Raheem Sterling makes it five!

David Silva intercepts a pass in midfield and he makes the right choice this time, sliding it through to Sterling, who guides his effort into the bottom right corner.




An uncharacteristic lack of composure from David Silva, who blazes over the bar after a jinking run inside.

He had options too, with Doyle and Sterling both lining up in the box.

I think we can forgive him for that one, though...


Seeing it out

It's training ground stuff for City as we enter the final five minutes.

Knocking the ball around patiently and conserving our energy.


No letting up

We love scoring goals don't we.

Bernardo had a chance to counter then and Kyle Walker surged forward in support from right-back. A lung-busting run, when really, there's no need to. 

🔝 attitude.


Nearly another!

City pass Newcastle to death and it finishes, again, with De Bruyne in a promising position on the left of the box.

Again, he rolls a simple ball back for Silva, who hits it superbly from 10-yards, but Dubravka gets a good hand on it and pushes away.


Roving Rob Pollard at the Etihad

"This has been a very good display. Newcastle have given us plenty of room, but the intensity of our play has been clear. 

"David Silva has been brilliant – he still controls matches with ease – and he’s just scored a quite brilliant free-kick from 25 yards. We will miss that man when he leaves. 

"Steve Bruce and the rest of the Newcastle technical staff have been very vocal trying to get more from their players but City have been too good."



It's a fantastic fourth from David Silva!

He curls a sumptuous free-kick into the back of the net from 20-yards, whilst Dubravka stands and watches in the Newcastle goal.



City subs

Pep makes two more changes.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva come on for Gabriel Jesus and Foden.

Bernardo's 150th appearance for the Club! 👏



City are cruising. 

It will go down as a Federico Fernandez own goal, but there was nothing he could do as Matt Ritchie's attempted clearance deflects off him and into the net.

Brilliant run from Gabriel Jesus caused the chaos in the penalty area!



Newcastle have no opportunities to attack.

As soon as we lose the ball the players are chasing to win it back and if they can't, they force the visitors to go long, which our defence gather comfortably.



Another chance goes begging for Foden!

He meets De Bruyne's cross at the far post, but stabs the ball wide of the opposite corner. 

It was awkward and bouncing as he met it, but he'll have liked to have done better.


Second half

Back under way at the Etihad, where Pep has made a couple of changes at half-time.

Ikay Gundogan and Kyle Walker come on, with Joao Cancelo and Rodrigo going off.

The Spaniard dominated the midfield in the opening 45 - it's a well earned rest!


Jesus and Silva 👌

Txiki Begiristain on Gabriel Jesus:

"His work rate, he’s unbelievable. He helps a lot by creating space for the midfielders. He’s the number nine and he likes to score. We are always happy with the work rate."

On David Silva:

"He has been unbelievable in football. He's spent 10 wonderful years and won trophies. Nobody will forget what they have done (Silva and Aguero). David is going to always be remembered because of that."


Txiki's view 💬

The first half performance gets a thumbs up from our Director of Football:

"Good first half, good intensity, moving well the ball from both sides. Both goals were similar. I would say maybe we deserve to score one more."


Txiki's view

Rob Pollard will be chatting to Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, at the Etihad during half-time.

Stay tuned for his thoughts on the opening 45 minutes...


Live matchday show

Joleon Lescott, Cel Spellman and Kyle Walker are talking through that first half right now.

Head to to the top of the page to watch! 👆



Jesus swings a cross in from the left for Otamendi, but his header's tame and Dubravka gathers easily.

He's been busy, the Newcastle keeper.


Ahhhhh 😫

Phil Foden buries his head in the turf after firing wide from 12-yards. 

You would have expected him to at least hit the target.

He was unmarked after another neat one-two with Jesus got him in a shooting position.

Fantastic work from Silva to start the move - stealing the ball from Shelvey in midfield.


Front foot

Normal service resumes as City mount another attack. 

Foden picks out Jesus with a cross and his miscued header ends up at Mahrez's feet at the far post. 

The Algerian tries to square for De Bruyne, but a defender is there to head the ball clear... far as Cancelo, who forces Dubravka into a scrambling save with low 25-yard drive. 


Like buses

You wait all half for an opportunity and then two come along at once.

It's another set-piece opportunity for Newcastle, but Ritchie's righ-wing corner is comfortably cleared by City. 

Solid at both ends tonight!


A rare save

Ederson is called into action for the first time, as Newcastle win a free-kick on the left-hand side of the box.

Ritchie fires it over to the back post for Schar, who meets it well, but sends his header straight at Ederson.

Slim pickings in attack for the visitors so far. 



If you've ever wondered how much De Bruyne's team-mates trust him to find them with a pass, you only had to look at Jesus then.

The Brazilian ran in behind the defence as soon ase De Bruyne picked the ball up in midfield.

He found him, too (obviously), but Jesus went too early and assistant's flag goes up.


Drinks break .

No doubt Newcastle will welcome this short repreive.

What a start it's been from our boys. 

That was Mahrez 10th Premier League goal of the season and De Bruyne's 18th assist.

He needs just two more to equal Thierry Henry's record for assists in a single campaign. 


Rob Pollard at the Etihad

So much one-touch football being played by City.  Another goal made to look very, very easy. 

David Silva won the ball high and played the ball to Foden and from there no one took more than a touch. Foden to De Bruyne to Mahrez…GOAL. 

Great start from City; we’re in total control.



2-0 - Mahrez slots from close range!

Vintage City, that. Lazaro is hounded out of possession in his own half. Foden feeds De Bruyne down the left and much like Silva for the first, he expertly picks out the unmarked Mahrez, who side foots it home first time. 



Lovely, Phil!

Another chance for City as Foden drags one wide.

He gets the ball after some neat interplay with Jesus and glides into the area.

Fernandez does enough to shepherd him wide, though, and his right footed effort flies past the left post. 

One way traffic!


Rob Pollard at the Etihad

I said eyes would be on Jesus and he’s already shown what he can do. That was a smart finish. 

Lovely little ball down the line from Foden into Silva. He crossed it first time (inch-perfect as ever) and Jesus tucked it home from close range. 

Made it look easy and we’re up and running. 

Great to see Foden again operating in a higher position. Obviously, he’s great as part of a central three, but he’s showing his versatility by operating in the forward line again this evening. Gives Pep more options, which is always good for a manager.


Up and running

We've hit our stride here!

Riyad Mahrez breaks free and tries his luck from the edge of the area, but he can't beat Dubravka. 



Gabriel Jesus puts City ahead!

It's a lovely, composed one touch finish from the Brazilian, who side foots into the far corner from six-yards after David Silva picks him out with a low centre.



Drawing a blank

Another attacking opportunity for City, as De Bruyne swings a left wing corner in.

It's easy for Dubravka in the Newcastle goal, however, who makes claims the ball unchallenged.



The first chance of the game goes City's way as Mahrez draws a save from Dubravka, with a low 20-yard drive.

A typical move from the Algerian. Rose tries to stand him up, but he glides inside effortlessly before pulling the trigger. Comfortable for the keeper, that strike, though. 


On the charge

A big effort from the visitors in the opening exchanges.

Lazaro surges through midfield and passes Otamendi, but De Bruyne is tracking back to bring an end to the wingers' effort.



Both sets of players and staff take the pre-match knee, before David Silva gets us under way.

City attacking the South Stand in the first half!



Nearly time

Newcastle out first at the Etihad, in accordance with COVID-19 protocol. City making their way onto the pitch as I type.

Here's a reminder of tonight's starting lineups:

CITY:  Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, D. Silva (C), De Bruyne, Foden, Mahrez, Jesus. 

NEWCASTLE: Dubravka, Yedlin, Krafth, Fernandez, Rose, Schar, Shelvey(c), Bentaleb, Lazaro, Ritchie, Joelinton. 

A chance to get back to winning ways tonight! 🙌


Rob Pollard at the Etihad

Big night for John Stones. 20 appearances in all competitions in a season held back by injury, he will want to impress in his first Premier League for six months.

Great to see Phil Foden start – he’s arguably been our best player since the restart (De Bruyne aside, of course). 

I’m fairly sure we’ll dominate the ball tonight, just as we did at Southampton. We need to be more ruthless, though, and there’ll be plenty of focus on Gabriel Jesus this evening. 

Looking forward to it.


All the stats 📈

🔹 We have won our last 10 home league meetings against Newcastle and a win tonight would mean we have won 11 successive home top-flight games against a single side for the first time. 

🔹 We could keep five consecutive clean sheets in Premier League home games for the first time since September 2011. 

🔹 Kevin de Bruyne has either scored or assisted a goal 15 times in his last 14 Premier League starts. 


Pre-match from Pep 💬

"The plan is to win every game we play. For sure we are going to play until 7 August against Madrid and after we will see.

"I don’t know the way they [Newcastle] are going to play. We are focused on what we have to do and hopefully we can maintain the level of the last games and hopefully we can win again." 


Stones ready 💪

Fantastic to have John Stones back in the starting lineup, in what is his first game since February!

Here's what he's had to say at the Etihad tonight:

"All fit and well. Ready to go. I feel fit enough to be able to play a game, which is good. I’ve been building up. I was on the bench against Newcastle just over a week ago but it was just too soon. I’ve built up from there. I feel really good in myself and excited."


Lescott excited by Stones return

"I have no doubt that the application will be there. It will be right and the mindset will be right. I am glad to see John Stones back in the starting lineup. I know he’s been injured, but in regard to what he can produce, I am excited to see if he can make this place his own. I know he’s not playing with Laporte, but hopefully he can continues to grow and hopefully they can deliver a partnership."

Hear more from Joleon on We're Not Really Here at the top of this page! ☝️


Newcastle lineup 📋

XI | Dubravka, Yedlin, Krafth, Fernandez, Rose, Schar, Shelvey(c), Bentaleb, Lazaro, Ritchie, Joelinton.

SUBS | Subs: Darlow, Gayle, Muto, Manquillo, Almirón, Atsu, Longstaff, Allan, Young.

Steve Bruce makes six changes to the side that started in the 2-2 draw at West Ham United.

Captain Jamaal Lascelles misses out through injury, whilst Miguel Almiron, who the Magpies had fitness concerns about, is amongst the substitutes. 



XI | Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, D. Silva (C), De Bruyne, Foden, Mahrez, Jesus.

SUBS | Bravo, Walker, Sterling, Gundogan, Laporte, Bernardo, Fernandinho, Garcia, Doyle.

John Stones starts for the first time since the restart, as promised by Pep, who has made five changes to the team that faced Southampton.

Nicolas Otamendi, Rodrigo, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden come into the side along with Stones, with Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling dropping to the bench.


Get ready 📺

Right, it is nearly time for matchday to begin in earnest!

In six minutes time at 17:00 (UK) on the dot we will be able to tell you how City are lining up this evening.

And, coinciding with that, our live matchday show - We're Not Really Here - will also begin.

Head to the top of the page 👆 to watch Joleon Lescott, Cel Spellman and Kyle Walker in action! 


Ref watch 👀

Andy Madley of West Yorkshire is the man in the middle this evening. 

He’s taking charge of his 14th Premier League game and has issued 37 yellow cards, one red and two penalties in his previous 13 matches.

His one and only City game before tonight was our 3-1 win at Oxford United in last season’s Carabao Cup quarter-final.


The Buzz Word

Club Ambassador Mike Summerbee is up for the cup(s)!

Here's what he had to say in today's match programme:

"They [Newcastle] are a difficult team to fathom as they are quite unpredictable, but they have some quality players and it should be a good game.

"If I’m honest, I’m looking forward to the end of the Premier League games so we can focus on the FA Cup and the Champions League which is what it’s all about now.

"We’ll keep trying to win games and play our way, I’m certain of that – the attitude for these matches has to be spot-on, and I think we’ve been superb in every match since the restart."


Pep talk 💬

It ended 2-2 when we faced Newcastle in the league back in November.

A frustrating game, in which Pep thinks we should have taken all three points. He says will have to be at our best this evening!

“It (the last league game) was tight. It was tight and difficult, like it always is in the Premier League. At the end we dropped two more points,” he reflected at his pre-match press conference.

“We didn’t make an incredible performance, but once Kevin (De Bruyne) scored, we should have finished the game but were unable to do it.

“Always they (Newcastle) have weapons. It’s a team with good physicality and hopefully we can do a good game like we did in the FA Cup."


Early team news 📋

Team news is due at 17:00 (UK) and you will be the first to know when we have it.

Pep Guardiola said he has no fresh injury concerns at his pre-match press conference, when he confirmed John Stones will make his first appearance since the Premier League restarted.

Injury ruled the defender out of our first three games after lockdown, whilst he was an unused substitute against Southampton, Liverpool and Newcastle in the FA Cup.

Be great to see him back out there again! 💪


Get involved 📱

As always, I want to hear your thoughts before, during and after tonight’s game.

Send us your comments using #WNRH on Twitter and some will feature both here in the Matchday Centre and during our We’re Not Really Here Programme. 


Live matchday show 📺

Good at multitasking? 

In addition to the updates I’ll be providing, we also have our matchday show, We’re Not Really Here, which is coming to you live from the Etihad this evening.

Joleon Lescott is a back as a guest, with Cel Spellman and Kyle Walker (not that one) on presenting duties.

Our coverage begins earlier than most at 17:00 (UK) and is a must watch for anyone who likes their pre-match build-up to be solely focused on City. 

Head to the top of this page at 17:00 to watch the show!


Good evening

Hello and welcome to the Matchday Centre for tonight’s game against Newcastle United.

We get under way at 18:00 (UK) at the Etihad Stadium, where Pep Guardiola’s men will be hoping to get back to winning ways against a side we beat 2-0 in the FA Cup just 10 days ago.

I, like you, am in position in my living room, and will be bringing you all the pre-match discussion, in-game updates and post-match reaction, whilst Rob Pollard will be providing an extra layer of insight from the Etihad.

I hope you'll be sticking around to enjoy this one with us!


Other games that day

  • West Ham United0
  • Sheffield United1
    Wolverhampton Wanderers0
  • Brighton and Hove Albion1
  • Aston Villa0
    Manchester United0
  • Everton0
  • Bournemouth0
    Tottenham Hotspur0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 34 +49 92
3 Chelsea 34 +17 60
4 Leicester City 34 +32 59
5 Manchester United 33 +23 55
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 +8 52
7 Sheffield United 34 +2 51
8 Arsenal 34 +8 50
9 Burnley 34 -8 49
10 Tottenham Hotspur 33 +8 48
11 Everton 33 -8 44
12 Southampton 33 -13 43
13 Newcastle United 34 -15 43
14 Crystal Palace 34 -13 42
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 -11 36
16 West Ham United 34 -19 31
17 Watford 34 -22 31
18 Aston Villa 33 -26 27
19 Bournemouth 33 -27 27
20 Norwich City 34 -37 21
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