Man City v Newcastle LIVE commentary: Champions without De Bruyne for Toon test – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

Manchester City face the first real test of their Premier League title defence when they host Newcastle this weekend.

City began their pursuit of an unprecedented fourth successive top-flight crown with a 3-0 win over newly-promoted Burnley.

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Haaland is back and he means business for Man CityCredit: Getty

Last season’s top scorer Erling Haaland got off the mark with two goals as Pep Guardiola’s side proved they will still the side to beat.

But Newcastle caught the eye most over the opening weekend and sit top of the Premier League table after battering Aston Villa 5-1.

The Magpies faced City during the first few weeks of last season as well and the two sides played out an entertaining 3-3 draw.

Man City vs Newcastle: talkSPORT coverage

This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, August 19.

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Kick-off at the Etihad will take place at 8pm.

talkSPORT will have live and EXCLUSIVE coverage of this match presented by Faye Carruthers.

Commentary will then be provided by Sam Matterface and former England winger Trevor Sinclair.

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Tonali made a glorious start to his life at Newcastle

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Tonali made a glorious start to his life at NewcastleCredit: Getty

Man City vs Newcastle: Team news

The hosts will be without Kevin De Bruyne following a re-occurrence of his hamstring injury that he originally suffered during the club’s Champions League triumph in May.

John Stones faces a late fitness test to recover from an abductor issue, but fellow defender Ruben Dias will return from concussion.

Newcastle have a choice to make over summer signing Harvey Barnes and last season’s top scorer Callum Wilson, who both scored from the bench against Villa.

Eddie Howe has no other injury concerns to contend with, but could have hand a first start to new signing Tino Livramento.

Man City are stepping up their midfielder search following the injury to De Bruyne

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Man City are stepping up their midfielder search following the injury to De BruyneCredit: Getty

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Man City vs Newcastle: What has been said?

Newcastle boss Howe is relishing the dilemma of juggling his plethora of attacking options at the club.

He said: “They’re dilemmas that are needed because we’re going to need the strongest squad possible, and the players who missed out today will play loads of games this season.

“That’s just a fact because we’re in so many different competitions, we’re going to be stretched and we’ll also be needing their quality as well.

“It’s going to be nice to be able to make those decisions. We need the strongest bench we can get this year with the amount of games we’re going to have, the amount of competitions we’re in.

“It was certainly a difficult day yesterday to name the team. They weren’t easy decisions for me to make – decisions I had to make, of course, being in my position – and then you just hope the team performs and you get the benefit of that squad.”

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