FT: Man City 4 Newcastle 0

Manchester City 4 - 0 Newcastle

Mancini and Pardew exchange post-match pleasantries, although the former will likely be the happier as his side peg Manchester United's mammoth lead at the top of the table back to 15 points.

Interesting choice of man-of-the-match as the stadium announcer declares Nasri the best player on the pitch for the day, although the Frenchman was involved in much of City's attacking play.

Sissoko fires a hopeful shot on goal that Hart can comfortably watch drift wide of his left upright.

Travelling Newcastle fans look to have seen enough as they make their way for the exits.

Dzeko and Tevez dropping deeper into midfield to fetch the ball and forge ahead on attack with Aguero waiting up front for a possible through ball.

City keeping play inside their opponents' half of the pitch as they wind the clock down to what will be an emphatic home victory.

Away goes Toure who one-twos with Aguero and then rushes into the box for the return pass, but he is clattered over in what looks to be a clear penalty. But the linesman's flag is up for offsides and Taylor will fell rather fortunate he got away with no punishment and no spot-kick against his team.

City taking it down a notch as the match enters the final five minutes of regulation time.

Elliot prevents Sinclair from making an immediate impact, the Toon 'stopper diving full-length to his left to tip the replacement's goal-bound shot out of bounds.

A short burst of action for Scott Sinclair who comes on to replace Silva for City.

Not great play from Anita down the touchline as he ventures a yard or two offsides wit hNewcastle pushing up.

No luck form the set-piece for the Magpies and it back to building their play from the halfway line yet again.

Simpson ventures forward and his attempt at getting the Toon on the scoreboard earns a corner-kick.

Gosling's shot from range is on target, but Hart is up to the task and gathers the ball low with ease.

City maybe taking a little a bit of breather at the moment and maybe trying to lull Newcastle into a false sense of security.

Play bogged down in the middle of the park with possession changing over at random.

Corner-kick for City from the left is cleared by the Toon defence, but one feels there is still another goal in this match from the hosts.

Changes from both managers has create a little reworking in the formations and the teams look a little disjointed as they try to settle.

Gael Bigirimana becomes Newcastle's third substitution, coming on for their most attacking player on the day Cabaye.

No surprise with the scoreline as it is as Kompany is withdrawn and Javi Garcia comes on for his skipper.

City look to have taken their foot off the pedal a bit as they keep numbers back on defence.

A demoralised Toon Army look all at sea and devoid of ideas on attack.

To make matters worse Newcastle, Nasri comes off a good day at the office, only to be replaced by the as dangerous Sergio Aguero.

GOAL! Pure athleticism from Toure, the big man bursting through full steam ahead at the near post and drilling the ball past a hapless Elliot who can only help the ball into the back of the net.

Toure venturing down the right flank to fetch a long ball forward, but the defence manages to scramble back in time before the Ivorian can cut inside.

Cabaye looks to feed the ball in from the right, but City's defence is solid and manages to clear the ball.

Another slowdown to proceedings as the Magpies look undecided going forward.

After a break in play for Nasri to be attended to, Newcastle are in possession and trying create something from the back.

Gutierrez puts in a strong tackle on Nasri that results in the City attacker to require bit of treatment from the medical team.

Second substitution of the match for the Toon as Yoan Gouffran comes off for Dan Gosling.

City swarm all over Newcastle's goalmouth with Tevez almost turning and shooting for his second of the match.

Dzeko now popping up on the left and trying to drift in from the flank as the defence rushes back.

Lull in play as both sides gather their troops and work over their game-plans.

The Citizens working the ball around with confidence as they push up from deep.

Decent effort from Dzeko at the near post just goes wide of goal.

City's third goal looks to have taken the wind out of Newcastle's sails.

GOAL! Right-footed shot from Barry sees Kompany kick back and deflect the ball into the back of the net.

The Citizens working the wide channels as they try to get around the defence.

City earn their fifth corner-kick of the match and they throw big numbers forward into the box, only for the Toon defence to hold their lines and clear the danger.

Nasri toying with 1Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa out on the right, but the Magpies man keep close watch on the Frenchman and he his invariably shepherded back.

The danger with the Toon pushing forward as they have been is that they've left themselves wide open to a swift counter from the reigning Premier League champions.

City defender having to dig deep into their concentration as the visitors continue to press in earnest.

Significant improvement in Newcastle's attacking play since the interval.

Great run from Cisse to Anita's ball into his path, but the former's shot off target wouldn't have counted had it been in on goal as the flag for offsides was up.

Flat ball in from Simpson out on the right forces Kompany to clear the danger. Good attacking play from the Magpies sees Cabaye's shot just sailing by the far post.

City pushing up strongly from the restart with Dzeko and Tevez rushing the Toon defence.

Half-time change from Alan Pardew with Gabriel Obertan replaced by James Perch.

The second half is underway!

Greetings from Spain,only won winner here today & thats my beloved blues. City to run out 3-1 winners,with the magpies thorn in their side Yaya on the scoresheet. Ian Ashman

Manchester City 2 - 0 Newcastle

GOAL! Patience pays off for City as Silva smashes in at the near post with his left foot after more good work from Nasri to evade a few defenders and provide the pass for his team-mate.

Excellent finger-tip save from Elliot denies Dzeko what would've been a clear-cut goal from out in front.

Touch official's board signals two minutes of added time.

City's four shots on target to Newcastle's none pretty much sums up the play for the first half.

Dzeko goes down a little too easily for the referee as Tevez takes a crack at goal and comes reasonably close.

Newcastle forced to change their attacking play and push up more for the equaliser.

GOAL! Tevez finishes off smartly from Clichy's ball from the left after Silva and Yaya Toure did well initially to carry the ball strongly up the park.

City now guilty of a bit of time-wasting at the back with Hart toying on the ball.

Tevez tees up Silva for the shot and he duly beats Elliot, but the linesman's flag is up for offsides and the goal is disallowed.

Shawbrick has a word with Elliot after the Toon shot-stopper takes yet another ponderous moment over his latest goal-kick.

Real danger coming from City's right side, particularly from Nasri, who delivers a good ball to Clichy insdie the box. Clichy takes aim at goal, but Elliot makes the point-blank save.

The hosts camped inside the visitors' final third, but just create the telling passage of play that sparks this match.

City working the ball around in and around Newcastle's box, but failing to find an opening are forced back and have regroup.

Dzeko finds some space inside the box to rise for a header, but he can only direct his effort wide of goal.

Barry smashes the ball from range towards goal, but directly into Steven Taylor's chest

The Citizens trying to inject some life into this dour encounter with some movement into the Magpies' half of the pitch.

Gael Clichy looks bewildered as he is flagged offsides down on the left touchline.

Silva tries to curl the ball around the wall and into the top-left corner at the near post, but Elliot always had it covered as he watches the ball fly into touch.

Another free-kick for City, and another yellow card for the Magpies, after knee-high tackle on Tevez from Cabaye.

City consolidating possession at the back and building their attacking play once more.

Tevez's attempt on goal from the resulting free-kick just keeps rising and away from Elliot and the Toon goal.

Anita is the first player to go into the referee's book for a cynical trip on Silva, moments after an even worse challenge from Sissoko went unpunished.

What a miss from Gareth Barry from close-range on the rebound from Elliot's save after Nasri initially did all the hard work shaking off the defence and delivering the ball into the danger area.

Great ball from Vurnon Anita towards the far post allows Sissoko to force a save from Hart with his legs.

Tevez left frustrated as his effort to link-up with Zabaleta going forward comes to nought.

Referee Neil Shawbrick urges both sets of players to keep things calm as a few loose tackles come in from either side.

Nasri goes toe-to-toe with Jonas Gutierrez but loses out to the Toon defender.

Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta look to combine out on the right, but the former's return ball is too strong and straight into touch.

Newcastle doing well to force City back inside their own half as the pace of the match screeches to a halt.

Sissoko hits it long for Papiss Cisse to chase, but Joe Hart comes off his line and easily clears the ball up field.

Nothing comes of the set-piece for the home side so it's back to working the ball around from the halfway line.

Sissoko gives away a free-kick in a decent area for City after a loose challenge on Lescott.

Tevez tries to slide a pass through for Silva coming into the box, but the Toon defence manages to clear the danger.

David Silva spots some movement up front from Tevez, but the Spaniard's delivery is too strong for the Argentine striker to get to before Elliot.

Yohan Cabaye's ball over the top for Sissoko is easily dealt with by Joleon Lescott.

Elliot does well to pluck the ball out of the air from City's first corner-kick of the match.

Vincent Kompany puts in a good challenge to dispossess Moussa Sissoko making a move on goal.

Good passage of play from Roberto Mancini's men as they string a few attacking passes together to carry the ball forward.

Edin Dzeko delivers a teasing ball towards the near post for Carlos Tevez, but Rob Elliot gets down low to smother it.

Newcastle again quick off the mark in the middle of the park to intercept a loose pass from City.

Nasri with a good ball across the face of goal from the left, but there is no one at the far post to pounce.

The hosts doing well to contain play inside the Toon's half of the pitch.

The visitors do well to poach the ball off City's midfield as they try to get some forward momentum going.

The Magpies work the right flank through Danny Simpson, only for his ball to be knocked out into touch over the halfway line.

Slow start to proceedings as both teams feel each other out gingerly.

Samir Nasri looks to make an early break, but he is flagged offsides.

The match is underway!

my name is mustafa ben arfa and i am cousens of hatem, he is sad because he want to play today but he hope newcastle win. he think man city are having bad time and man utd win the title already. also because man city try to buy him in january and then he did medical but man city say they are not happy with injuries. he lost respect for this club

I'm a mag, and i think this match will be decided on how the teams turn up and if they turn up. If we turn up well and really attack city, put them under pressure, then i think city's winning streak at their home against us, 3-2 to the toon! But now that city are resigned to losing the title, they will probably play with more freedom which will maybe make them more dangerous, but perhaps they might be sloppy at the back. 2-2 or 3-2 i think. James Wallbridge

"I hope Newcastle can beat our noisy neighbours today. I think they will win 2-1." Chris Green from huddersfield P.s. I'm a Man Utd fan

Feel free to e-mail your thoughts or predictions to devin.hermanus@teamtalkmedia.com and we'll publish as many of them before - and during - the game as possible.

For the visitors, Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Fabricio Coloccini (back) and Tim Krul (ankle) are all sidelined, but Yohan Cabaye will take part despite a niggling groin injury.

City captain Vincent Kompany (calf), along with Yaya Toure (illness) make their comebacks, but Sergio Aguero (knee) misses out on a starting berth.

Newcastle are rated at 9/1 to beat Man City today according to our friends at Sky Bet, while it is 9/2 for the match to end in a draw. Sergio Aguero is 3/1 to score first for City and 4/1 to secure a brace. Also, Carlos Tevez is 14/1 to score a hat-trick, while Papiss Cisse is 10/1 to score the last goal of the match.

The Toon are, however, in danger of being sucked into a relegation scrap, with Alan Pardew's side currently in 13th, six points above the drop zone with eight matches remaining.

The Citizens currently sit 15 points off the pace of leaders Manchester United, but could kick-off their home clash clash a further three adrift, with the Red Devils contesting the day's early match at Sunderland. City could, however, be aided by the Magpies' involvement in the Europa League, with the Tynesiders maybe keeping one eye on their quarter-final clash against Benfica next Thursday.

Good afternoon, I'm Devin Hermanus and I'll be taking you through all the action as Manchester City host Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 1500 BST.

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