19.45 GMT – Newcastle vs Manchester Metropolis
- Dominant Premier League leaders go to St James’ Park for festive contest trying to additional prolong their enormous benefit within the 2017-18 title race
- Following Manchester United’s last-gasp draw with Burnley on Boxing Day, Metropolis can transfer 15 factors away from their nearest challengers with an 18th successive top-flight victory
- Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring aspect have netted a minimum of two objectives in every of their final 12 outings and will equal the top-flight file of 11 consecutive away wins
- Newcastle’s Three-2 win over West Ham on Saturday was their first in 10 league matches
- The Magpies, 15th and one level above the relegation zone, have misplaced their final 4 residence fixtures and are and not using a league conquer tonight’s opponents since 2005 – shedding 16 of 19 conferences
7 min 19:09
Guardiola makes a trio of alterations to the staff that vanquished lowly Bournemouth with out actually getting out of first gear.
Danilo begins at left-back with Fabian Delph a shock absentee, whereas Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan are available in for David Silva and Leroy Sane.
The latter is known as on the bench alongside promoted kids Brahim Diaz and Tosin Adarabioyo.
Sergio Aguero once more will get the nod over Gabriel Jesus following his sensible show towards the Cherries that featured two objectives and an outstanding help for Raheem Sterling.
15 min 19:01
Benitez makes 5 modifications to the aspect that sealed that morale-boosting win at West Ham, with younger winger Rolando Aarons handed his first league begin of the season as Matt Ritchie drops to the bench together with Christian Atsu, Ciaran Clark and Dwight Gayle.
Shelvey additionally returns to the primary XI together with Chancel Mbemba, Jacob Murphy and Paul Dummett, the latter of whom was an unused substitute for every of the final two matches after being sidelined since opening weekend with a persistent hamstring challenge.
Henri Saivet is omitted from the matchday squad altogether regardless of atoning for his early error by scoring on Saturday, though Merino options among the many substitutes.
Mohamed Diame retains his beginning place in assist of lone striker Joselu.
33 min 18:44
Official lineups are imminent…
33 min 18:43
Tonight’s contest is prone to come too quickly for John Stones, who’s now again in coaching after a hamstring damage.
David Silva performed the total 90 minutes in Saturday’s Four-Zero demolition of Bournemouth after lacking the win over Tottenham on account of private causes, however studies right now recommend he has since returned to Spain.
Kevin De Bruyne is anticipated to be match after that includes for a lot of the weekend’s win regardless of shedding almost half a stone in weight on account of sickness, though summer season signing Benjamin Mendy (knee) and highly-rated teenager Phil Foden (ankle) are nonetheless out.
42 min 18:34
Again to Tyneside now, the place Jonjo Shelvey is on the market once more for Newcastle after lacking matches towards Arsenal and West Ham after choosing up his second crimson card of the season within the closing levels of the 1-Zero defeat to Everton on 13 December.
Midfielders Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden and centre-back Florian Lejeune all confronted late health checks, though Jesus Gamez (ankle) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (again) stay sidelined.
Mitrovic just lately confirmed that he’s on the lookout for a brand new problem in January after making simply six substitute appearances within the league to this point this season, however insists there may be at present no concrete supply on the desk.
“I persistently waited for the prospect of the previous months,” the hot-headed striker advised Serbian web site Zurnal. “I am sorry in any case, I cherished Newcastle, however it’s time for me to look extra at myself, to seek out the very best answer for my profession.
“I attempted to be trustworthy with myself and my team-mates at each coaching and match. The truth that I didn’t get an opportunity is just lower than me. Everybody is aware of that I used to be left within the background.
“I by no means felt higher, I am bodily in flawless type, I can not wait to play. A very powerful factor is to discover a membership and eventually get an opportunity within the area.”
54 min 18:23
Away from this match for a second, Liverpool have tonight confirmed an settlement with Southampton for Virgil van Dijk – a participant additionally coveted by Metropolis as Guardiola seeks to strengthen his centre-back choices – that can see the Dutch worldwide grow to be the costliest defender in world soccer.
The deal is alleged to be price a cool £75m – the joint-second priciest switch in Premier League historical past. A Reds assertion reads as follows:
Liverpool Soccer Membership can verify they’ve reached an settlement with Southampton for the switch of Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds have agreed a take care of the south coast membership, and the participant himself, that can see the 26-year-old defender transfer to Anfield when the switch window re-opens on January 1, 2018.
The Netherlands worldwide will probably be assigned squad quantity 4, upon his arrival at Liverpool.
Extra on this story at IBTimes UK quickly.
1 hr 18:07
Good night and a heat welcome to IBTimes UK’s newest festive providing of Premier League soccer.
After all of the enjoyable of the historically hectic Boxing Day schedule, tonight we have now only one recreation on the agenda as dominant leaders Manchester Metropolis pay a go to to a cold St James’ Park.
Following Manchester United’s last-gasp residence draw with Burnley, Pep Guardiola’s formidable aspect, who’ve dropped factors on only one solitary event in 2017-18 and notched 4 objectives in three successive league video games, can transfer 15 factors away from their rivals with an 18th successive victory that will equal the top-flight file of 11 consecutive away wins.
The most recent staff charged with trying to gradual the seemingly unstoppable Metropolis juggernaut is a Newcastle United staff which have misplaced 4 residence video games in a row and are winless of their final league 19 matches towards tonight’s opponents – a sequence of three factors from a potential 57 that stretches all the best way again to 2005.
Rafael Benitez’s males are nonetheless being distracted by ongoing takeover talks between Mike Ashley, Amanda Staveley and PCP Capital Companions, though did crucially finish a dangerous nine-game winless league run final weekend by beating West Ham Three-2. They at present sit 15th and only one level above the relegation zone.
Seize a type of leftover mince pies and keep tuned for all the newest staff information forward of the primary of two conferences in 5 matches between these two sides. We may also have minute-by-minute updates after kick-off at 19.45 GMT.