FT: Manchester City 4 Newcastle 0

Simple win for City then and Pellegrini couldn't have wished for a better start. Silva, Aguero, Toure & Nasri helped themselves to goals but it was Aguero and Dzeko up front who created real problems for Newcastle. Alan Pardew's men looked poor at most stages, which could be a worry for Geordies everywhere.

3 minutes stoppage time at the Etihad, it's been so comfortable for City.

A corner creates all manner of havoc in the Newcastle penalty area and a great save from a header simply leaves the ball to rebound to Negredo who sweeps home. However, he's incorrectly called offside.

On comes Alvaro Negredo for his City debut, replacing David Silva.

The one blotch on City's night has possibly been the lack of goals for Dzeko. He's definitely deserved one, but another header goes just over.

A Dzeko dummy really shouldn't have found Nasri first, but it did. The Frenchman was a couple of yards behind the defender but he snares the ball in front of him and finishes well past Krul.

Stunning ball from Navas to Dzeko but unfortunately it bounces just out of the striker's stride and Debuchy recovers well.

The Belgian comes off to a rousing applause and is replaced by Javi Garcia in defence.

Worrying signs for City as Kompany tumbles over, looks like a possible groin problem.

The resulting corner finds the head of Dzeko, but he jumps a little too late and misjudges the header.

Navas is going to be trouble for a lot of defenders this season it seems. His run is marked by Silva but the cross is deflected out for another corner.

Final change for Newcastle as Sammy Ameobi will replace Hatem Ben Arfa.

A powerful low strike from Dzeko is well-saved by Krul. You've got to feel for the Dutchman out there, he's had a great game.

Absolutely comical defending from Newcastle as Fernandinho flicks an over-the-top ball into the area and four City players are onto it, with no defenders in sight. Somehow though, the strikers all endeavour to waste the opportunity.

Nasri replaces the excellent Aguero. Great shift from the striker.

The ball falls loose in Newcastle's penalty area and Gael Clichy is first onto it. The defender gears up to strike but it's defended well and out for a corner.

Navas looks dangerous down the right-hand side and his lightning turn of pace is creating huge problems for Newcastle, another cross goes just begging.

A lofted pass goes over the head of Newcastle's defence, unbeknownst to them a little Spaniard is on the end of it. Silva brings the ball down expertly but runs out of space.

And Toure takes it, curling it perfectly into the top corner. No chance for Krul and it's 3-0 City.

In the moments afterwards a free-kick was awarded to City about 20 yards out. Silva and Toure stood over it...

Aguero receives the ball on the left of Newcastle's six-yard box. The Argentinian dinks in a brilliant ball for Dzeko to head home, but Tim Krul somehow gets both hands to it for a great save.

Second half is underway then, I wonder what Alan Pardew's team talk consisted of?

Harry Joseph Smith is giving some love to an unsung City hero: "It can only get better for city and with newcastle down to 10 men i can see city adding at least 2 more goals. Hope dzeko gets one because he's deserved a goal."

Man City are now 5/1 to go on and record a 4-0 win following the dismissal of Steven Taylor. It's also 9/2 for Sergio Aguero to score the next goal following his excellent strike. Edin Dzeko to score next and City to win 3-0 is available at 22/1.

Aron's returned via e-mail, with his mood no more lightened by that Newcastle performance: "Bet you all think all I'm doing is criticising and are telling me to shut up moaning,however after a performance like that in the opening 45 mins of a Prem League game I can do nothing but moan,it's like watching a conference north side,come on Newcastle play with at least some passion."

Junaid Umar sees no way back for the visitors tonight: "I think newcastle are out of their depth today. With fernandinho on yaya toure can be pushing up. And with all his qualities he is going to cause problems for newcastle in various ways can only mean a 4-0 victory for City"

The opening 45 minutes certainly revealed plenty about either side. Are City staking their claim to be favourites to lift the Premier League? And can Newcastle be considering as potential relegation battlers already? Let me know on Twitter at MattStead91, or by e-mail at Matthew.Stead@bskyb.com.

Half-time can't come soon enough for the visitors. City cruised into the lead after only 6 minutes through David Silva, a lead doubled by Sergio Aguero's excellent finish. Steven Taylor's dismissal late on compiled Newcastle's misery, and it looks like the beginning of a long night already for Alan Pardew.

Newcastle are making their second substitution already here, as Paul Dummett makes his Toon debut (lucky boy!), coming on for Gouffran.

Steven Taylor sums up Newcastle's opening 45 minutes, receiving a red card for a blatant forearm in the back of the head to Sergio Aguero.

Huge cries for a penalty there as Aguero cuts inside and tries to curl an attempt at Tim Krul's goal. Steven Taylor's arms are down but they connect with the ball. Andre Marriner waves play on however.

Dzeko does brilliantly to turn and play in Silva, whose cross is inch-perfect back to the Bosnian but the shot is just wdie.

Anita sets about trying to pull together the Newcastle troops, and he tees off to Tiote who fires a 25-yard attempt at goal, but it's straight at Hart.

The Gutierrez praise acts as a curse as the winger picks up a knock in a challenge and is replaced by Anita with 43 minutes gone.

Marriner puts the stops to a potential City break as Dzeko wins the ball back well in midfield and the Blues looked to outnumber the visitors, but a free-kick is called.

Gutierrez has been a brief shining light for Newcastle tonight. He and Ben Arfa seem to be the only players with a desire to get forward. City just look too good.

It's a yellow for Debuchy now, the Frenchman cautioned for dissent.

City look all too comfortable here. Newcastle aren't pressing hard enough, and Pellegrini's men are happy just passing the ball around the back.

Again, could've been 3-0 for City. Zabaleta's great tackle gives Fernandinho a chance to spread his wings going forward. He does well by drawing the defender out and quickly tapping it to Dzeko, but the striker loses his footing at the most inopportune moment and Krul comes out to pick up the ball.

Excellent delivery from Navas, any touch at all and that's 3-0 for City. Dzeko gets closest to contact, but the ball flies just inches past the post.

You know what they say, you wait ages for a bus...a fourth yellow card as Silva's quick feet bamboozles Sissoko, and the Frenchman concedes a free-kick about half-way into the Newcastle half.

Another booking as Newcastle's quick break is stopped just as swiftly by Fernandinho, who picks up his first Premier League yellow card for a late tackle.

Dzeko's bit of skill seemed to anger Yanga-Mbiwa, who trades a couple of shoves with the Bosnian and they're both cautioned.

Dzeko has been excellent so far. He wins a free-kick on the edge of the Newcastle area with some simple skill. Another big chance for City.

Gutierrez flashes in a cross from the left but City's defence looks resolute this evening, nothing getting past Kompany and Lescott.

Still too easy for City and gaps are beginning to open in this Newcastle defence. Just an overhit Aguero pass lays between Silva and another goalscoring opportunity.

Kompany initiates this move, breaking excellently from defence and his pass receives the deftest of flicks from Dzeko, falling into Aguero's feet. Still so much to do for the dimunitive striker but he shows Taylor a fresh set of heels and nestles a beautiful finish into the far corner off the post. Brilliant goal.

Fernandinho does well to pick up possession in the centre of midfield, leading to Dzeko flashing a shot just wide of the post.

Perfectly timed tackle from Joleon Lescott there as Newcastle threatened to break on the counter.

The hosts seem more than content to play the ball around calmly now, stretching Newcastle and creating space. The Geordies haven't really looked a threat in the opening 20 minutes.

The free-kick doesn't even clear the first man however, and City clear to safety.

Zabaleta has to track back as Gutierrez picks up on a loose ball. The defender looked to get a lot of the ball, but the free-kick is given in a dangerous area.

Lovely work from City. Fernandinho lays the ball off to Silva, who in turn moves in onto Dzeko. Toure's run is watched by the Bosnian and the pass is perfectly weighted, but the Ivorian goes down under the weight of a challenge. Looked like a penalty, but not given by Andre Marriner. Lucky let off for Newcastle?

Silky skill from Navas on the right results in, well....nothing really, and the ball rolls out for a Newcastle throw.

Newcastle are looking to bounce back early here, and some great work from Ben Arfa very nearly gives them that chance. His mazy run allows him to slip Gouffran in and the Frenchman finishes well, but he's marginally offside.

City have got their deserved breakthrough. Dzeko's excellent work on the byline pays dividends as his deflected cross falls to the head of an unmarked Silva, who applies the finish with ease.

Newcastle have their first glimpse on goal. Debuchy's pass is deflected and falls to Ben Arfa, whose effort flies over. Brief respite at least.

Another chance for City, and another great save from Krul. Zabaleta creates yet more havoc down the right-hand side and Dzeko is on hand to sidefoot it towards goal, but the Dutchman saves well.

Early domination for City there, and it probably should be 1-0. Tim Krul makes a great save from Aguero as the Argentinian ghosted in behind the Newcastle defence. A sign of things to come?

We're off then, and City set about getting the ball up the pitch early on. Offside call and a free-kick for Newcastle.

The Etihad Stadium is engulfed in applause for former City keeper Bert Trautmann, famous for his performance in the 1956 FA Cup final with a broken neck. The City legend died only last month.

Aron Crossley is an understandably disgruntled Toon fan: "As a Newcastle fan I can only say what on earth are Arsenal playing at?few hours before K-O,We needed Cabaye tonight to stop Navas and Toure powering through the midfield,so to that end a draw will be a very very good result but it's going to be difficult,1-4 City and look to next week against West Ham, COYM."

A couple of minutes away from kick-off then and Mauricio Pellegrini will soon have his first taste of Premier League victory? Or could Alan Pardew lead his Geordie revolution to a famous win?

London Kalling on Twitter is certainly seeing the brighter side of Yohan Cabaye's non-inclusion in tonight's side: "Kebab not in the Newcastle side? Pitta that"

Chris Green from Huddersfield fancies a potential shock for Newcastle tonight: "Mancheser City's home record may be a healthy one; however, I think Newcastle may cause a huge shock here this evening if the likes of Ben Arfa, Cisse, Gouffran and Sissoko perform to their potential. My head thinks a City win is definitely on the cards, but I really hope Newcastle prove it wrong because the Magpies are a team that I admire a lot."

Ian McClenaghan is a confident Blue from Connecticut: "Most Berts would agree the new look City midfield should be able to create enough space that even a giant penguin could walk through and score. Three - Nil to City - Dzeko 2 (one a head shot) and Aguero. Nasri to come on late and miss a complete sitter."

Strong sides all around and it promises to be a great game. What do you think the score will be today? How do you think City's new signings will fare? And can Newcastle spring a surprise on the home side? Let me know on Twitter at MattStead91, or by e-mail at Matthew.Stead@bskyb.com.

For Newcastle, the notable absentee is Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye. The London club have reportedly had a £10m bid rejected by the Magpies for Cabaye today, but the French midfielder doesn't make the squad for this clash. Keeper Tim Krul makes his first competitive appearance in four months.

There's the teams then. For City it's just the two debuts handed out to Jesus Navas and Fernandinho in midfield, while Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo sits on the bench for Mauricio Pellegrini's first Premier League game.

Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Taylor, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa; Tiote, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Dummett, Anita, Marveaux, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero. Subs: Pantillimon, Milner, Negredo, Kolarov, Garcia, Nasri, Rodwell.

Good evening and welcome to tonight's live commentary of the game between Manchester City and Newcastle. Both sides will be looking to kick off their Premier League seasons in style after the opening weekend, and we have team news for both sides coming up...

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