August Trade Deadline Recap: Gio Gonzalez to the Brewers, Ryan Madson to the Dodgers

An acquistion on Aug. 31 can matter, so we break down the moves made on Friday. 

Aug. 31 is the last day for teams to add players that they hope to use in the postseason. On this date in 2017, the Astros acquired Justin Verlander from the Tigers one month before they’d begin their playoff journey. By the end of the season, he became one of the most important players on a World Series-winning team. An Aug. 31 acquisition can matter, so let’s break down the moves made on Friday.

Brewers acquire LHP Gio Gonzalez from Nationals

It’s a move that’s long overdue, but at least the Brewers acquired another starting pitcher. Now that Milwaukee has dipped five games behind the Cubs in the playoff race as of Friday and is clinging to the second Wild Card spot, GM David Stearns opted to bolster his starting rotation with the veteran lefty. Gonzalez had a great start to the season (a 2.10 ERA and 8.33 K/9 over 11 starts), but has been pretty dreadful since then (6.53 ERA, .304 batting average against in 16 starts). Despite his struggles, the Brewers need the help. While lefty Wade Miley has been a pleasant surprise (2.18 ERA in 11 starts), Milwaukee’s starters don’t strike many hitters out (their leader is Junior Guerra at 8.5) and none between Guerra, Jhoulys Chacin and Chase Anderson have an ERA under 3.60.

What Gonzalez can offer the Brewers is a rubber arm. One of the league’s most reliable innings eaters, Gonzalez has made at least 31 starts in seven of the last eight seasons. Having already relied heavily on the bullpen all season (we’ll talk about that more below), manager Craig Counsell can use a starting pitcher who can give top relievers Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress a rest.

Dodgers acquire RHP Ryan Madson from Nationals 

Madson is a worthy boost for a tired Dodgers bullpen, but it remains unclear how healthy the 38-year-old righthander is. A year after producing a 1.86 ERA and 10.2 K/9 for the A’s and Nationals, Madson has battled injuries and ineffectiveness throughout 2018. He currently sits with a 5.28 ERA and a paltry 2.73 K/BB rate (compared to 7.44 last year) and is coming off of the disabled list due to shoulder irritation.

Despite the red flags, the Dodgers are willing to take the risk. Since he was activated from the disabled list on Aug. 20, closer Kenley Jansen has a 15.75 ERA with four home runs allowed over four appearances. Jansen allowed just four home runs in his 45 prior appearances, and a combined nine home runs over 136 regular-season games in 2016 and 2017. Even if Jansen corrects his issues, manager Dave Roberts isn’t sure how to get to him. One option is starter Kenta Maeda, an ace reliever in last year’s playoffs who has been working out of the bullpen since Aug. 14. Maeda closed out a recent 3–1 win over the Rangers, but surrendered the winning run in a 2–1 loss to the Giants in his first relief outing of the season. Another option will be Ross Stripling, who earned All-Star plaudits as a starter this season, but was moved to the bullpen after Hyun-jin Ryu returned from the disabled list. Stripling has been on the disabled list since late July with a toe injury, but is expected to return soon.

After that, few, if any of the relievers inspire confidence in high-leverage situations. Pedro Baez is loathed by most of the fan base, but he’s been the team’s best reliever in August (0.34 ERA, 11.57 K/9 over his last nine appearances). Scott Alexander was briefly offered the closer’s job in Jansen’s absence and quickly proved himself better as a situational lefty than a closer or a setup man. Righty Dylan Floro shows flashes of a shutdown righty, but has surrendered the winning run in two of his three high-leverage ninth-inning appearances. Daniel Hudson and J.T. Chargois, key components for most of the season, are currently on the 10-day DL.

The point of it all? Madson may not inspire great confidence right now, but Roberts needs all the help he can get for an inconsistent unit.

Brewers acquire Xavier Cedeño from White Sox

It’s a small move, but more proof that the Brewers plan on using an arsenal of relievers to win games late in the season. Cedeño is a journeyman lefty (167 IP over eight seasons) who is compiling a strong year in Chicago (2.84 ERA, 9.9 K/9 in 33 appearances). He’ll probably be no more than a situational lefty, but adds another layer to a bullpen that is reeling a bit since the demotion of former closer Corey Knebel. Expect Cedeño to be a seventh-inning option before the likes of Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader.

Athletics acquire Cory Gearrin from Rangers

Gearrin will play for his third team in 2018 and will add bullpen depth to an A’s team that may have to consider the Rays’ “bullpenning” strategy. In the last two weeks, Oakland has lost starting pitchers Sean Manaea and Brett Anderson to the disabled list. General manager David Forst conceded that the A’s are considering the “bullpenning” strategy with a dearth of available starters, so Gearrin exists as a bullpen reinforcement just in case manager Bob Melvin adopts that strategy.

How to Watch Stanford vs. San Diego State: Live Stream, TV Channel

How to watch Stanford vs. San Diego State on Friday, Aug. 31.

After the Aztecs’ shocking upset over the Cardinal last year, No. 13 Stanford and San Diego State will square off again Friday night.

Stanford running back Bryce Love returns, bringing plenty of early talk about his candidacy for the Heisman Trophy.

In 2107, Love rushed for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns, finishing second in voting for the prestigious award. Fans were shocked when Love announced his decision to stay at Stanford and not enter the 2018 NFL draft.

Quarterback K.J. Costello is also expected to turn heads this season, as he takes control of Stanford’s offense. Costello, who passed for 1,573 yards and 14 touchdowns, started in the final six games last season.

San Diego State will be without last year’s star running back, Rashaad Penny, who was drafted as the No. 27 overall pick by the Seahawks. But junior Juwan Washington is expected to fill Penny’s shoes. Playing backup, Washington rushed for 759 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017.

The Aztecs pulled off a stunning 20-17 victory last year over the Cardinal in San Diego.

This year’s matchup will be held at Stanford Stadium. Here’s how to watch the game:

Time: 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 31

TV Channel: FS1

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go and Fox Sports Go app

How to Watch Wisconsin vs. Western Kentucky Online: Live Stream, TV Channel, Broadcast Info

Here’s how to watch Wisconsin vs. Western Kentucky on Friday, Aug. 31. 

Wisconsin begins its 2018 campaign on Friday night by hosting Western Kentucky at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. Kickoff is slated for 9 p.m. ET.

The Badgers enter Friday’s game ranked No. 4 in the nation and look to begin their run to the College Football Playoff. Wisconsin finished 2017 with a 13–1 record and dropped its lone contest in the Big 10 title game against Ohio State. The Badgers missed out on the Playoff with the loss and settled for a victory over Miami in the Orange Bowl. 

Head coach Paul Chryst returns a crew of key offensive contributors from 2017, including starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook and Heisman candidate running back Jonathan Taylor. The sophomore rusher tallied 1977 yards and 13 touchdowns in his first season with the Badgers last year. 

Western Kentucky faces an uphill climb on Friday without 2017 starting quarterback Mike White, who was a fifth-round selection by the Cowboys in the 2017 NFL draft.

Here’s how to watch Friday night’s matchup. 

Game time: Friday, Aug. 31, 9 p.m. ET

TV channel: ESPN

Live stream: WatchESPN

Next Three Games:

Wisconsin: vs. New Mexico (9/8), vs. BYU (9/15), at Iowa (9/22)

Western Kentucky: vs. Maine (9/8), at Louisville (9/15), at Ball State (9/22)

Players on the Trade Block as NFL Roster Cuts Loom

There’s a reason why the Buccaneers made Ryan Jensen the highest-paid center ever this offseason. And the Jaguars made Andrew Norwell the highest-paid guard ever. And the Giants made Nate Solder the highest-paid tackle ever.

It’s not because those are bound for Canton. It’s about the scarcity of good linemen in football. 

A left tackle being drafted high in the draft used to be a sure thing. More recently, the landscape is littered with Luke Joeckels and Greg Robinsons of the world, which signals a larger problem across the board—the lower levels of football aren’t producing dancing bears the way it used to.

Just as the NFL was scrambling through the Tiffany market of March, the league is now rummaging through the metaphoric flea market of late summer looking for help. You saw the beating Josh Allen took last Sunday in Buffalo? How about the difficulty with which the Cardinals had operating with their second-team line protecting Josh Rosen? Those are just two examples of the wide-spread issue.

With that established, here’s our list of names to watch in trades over the next 24 hours, as coaches and GMs work their rosters down from 90 to 53 …

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah: The 25-year-old has been productive when healthy, but may get lost in the shuffle with LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson aboard in Detroit. Abdullah’s also going into a contract year.

Vikings CB Mackensie Alexander/Marcus Sherels: Alexander is a former second-round pick who’s struggled to gain traction with Minnesota, while Sherels brings a lot of special teams value. The Vikings could use depth on both sides of the line of scrimmage, so either could be fodder for that.

Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo: A big, physical kid who was drafted in the third round in 2016, and has 10 career catches. If he’s not dealt, he’s no sure thing to make the team.

Packers WR Trevor Davis: A former fifth-round pick, Davis has flashed potential but never broken through on offense. He brings special teams value to the table, though, and has physical ability to work with.

Steelers QB Josh Dobbs: A fourth-round pick just 18 months ago, Dobbs has been displaced by Mason Rudolph as Pittsburgh’s developmental quarterback, and so if you make the Steelers an offer …

Raiders DL Mario Edwards: Sometimes a coaching change and a scheme change can make it hard on a promising players, which appears to be the case here. Edwards, a 2015 second-rounder, started 14 games last year.

Bears C Hroniss Grasu: Another highly-drafted player who has disappointed throughout his career and is heading into a contract year—there are several players in similar situations on the trade block. Grasu’s started a dozen games in three years, and maybe there’s a team out there that liked him coming out, before the Bears took him in the third round.

Colts OT Austin Howard: A little surprising to see him here, sure, considering the Colts issues. But rookies Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith look ready, which has given Indianapolis flexibility at the position with a valuable vet. An right tackle by trade, Howard’s started 88 games over an eight-year career.

Lions WR T.J. Jones: Jones showed promise last year with 30 catches for 399 yards and a touchdown after fighting his way off the practice squad and into a job on the active roster over the last few years.

Broncos OT Cyrus Kouandjio: Given his rocky career, I’m not sure Denver would be able to get much for him. But he’s a lineman, and his name came up, so he’s here.

Cardinals RB T.J. Logan: He’s only in year 2, and a big game Sunday night against Dallas (86 yards and a touchdown on six carries), and has some value as a return man. And Arizona, like seemingly everyone, needs offensive line help.

Packers CB Quinten Rollins: Another former second-round pick, Rollins has 15 career starts under his belt, but looks like a victim of the numbers as Green Bay stocked new coordinator Mike Pettine’s supply at corner (drafting Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson, and bringing back Tramon Williams and Davon House) this offseason.

Raiders OT Jylan Ware: Another Reggie McKenzie draft pick that Jon Gruden might be showing to the exit. He’s got potential heading into his second year, but that’s about it at this point.

Eagles G Chance Warmack: Philadelphia’s rich-get-richer roster is bursting with talent, and its depth on the offensive line could be a real asset now. Warmack’s done a nice job since washing out of Tennessee as a high-first-round draft bust.

Raiders RB DeAndre Washington: The old staff thought highly of his versatility, but with Marshawn Lynch back and Doug Martin with spring in his step, Jalen Richard and Washington are fighting for snaps.

Cardinals CB Brandon Williams: Arizona once had high hopes for the converted receiver—in fact, many thought he might finally end the team’s search for a bookend for Patrick Peterson. It didn’t happen, so here we are.

Parma vs Juventus Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battles, Team News & More

Parma play Juventus on Saturday in a game which represents a remarkable turnaround in Parma’s recent fortunes. 

Parma’s financial troubles in 2015 saw the club sink to the depths of Serie D after a court-ruled instant demotion. The club were forced to start from scratch but three years saw three straight promotions for the hardy Parma. 

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A return to Serie A brings its own challenges for Parma, one of which will be facing a Juventus side with Cristiano Ronaldo raring to score his first goal for his new club. 


Classic Encounter

Juventus 4-0 Parma (Serie A, 1995)

Parma were a powerful force in Italian football during the 1990s, especially in European competitions. Coming to the end of the 1994/95 Serie A season they were battling both Juventus and Lazio for the league title. When Parma traveled to Juventus’ old stadium, the Stadio delle Alpi, Juve were seven points clear of Parma with three games left to play. Win and Juve would be league champions for the first time in nine years.  

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Gianfranco Zola and Faustino Asprilla played up front for Parma against a Juventus team which featured Didier Deschamps, Roberto Baggio, and Gianluca Vialli. 

Juventus controlled the game early on and after a poor corner by Zola, a Juve counter-attack led to the opening goal. Baggio played it forward to Fabrizio Ravanelli who headed the ball forward before bringing it under his control and scoring from just outside the box. 

Parma worked hard to get back in the game but they were up against a Juventus team desperate to end its Scudetto dry spell. A determined Deschamps won the ball back in Parma’s half, and then ended the attack by running onto a Baggio back-heel pass and scoring Juve’s second of the game. 

Vialli scored goal number three for Juve in the second half before Ravanelli grabbed his second and Juventus’ fourth and final goal of the game. Juventus won the game 4-0 and were subsequently crowned champions of Serie A. 


Key Battle  

Luigi Sepe vs Cristiano Ronaldo

Sooner or later Cristiano Ronaldo will score for Juventus, and let’s face it, it will be sooner rather than later. On his day, there is arguably no defence in the world that can stop Ronaldo from scoring. 

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So Parma’s last line of defence, goalkeeper Luigi Sepe, may need to jump, dive, and stretch his way to stopping Ronaldo from scoring on Saturday. 


Team News

Max Allegri’s Juventus side face no new injury concerns ahead of the game against Parma. Their star man Ronaldo is set to make his third consecutive start in Serie A. 

It will be interesting to see if Paulo Dybala returns to the starting eleven after being left out against Lazio, with Allegri preferring to play Mario Mandzukic. But Mandzukic’s goal against Lazio could mean Dybala is again kept on the bench. 

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Parma are now facing an injury crisis. Jonathan Biabiany, Alessandro Bastoni, Jacopo Dezi, Gianni Munari, Matteo Scozzarella, Mattia Sprocati, and Amato Ciciretti are all set to miss the match. Furthermore, Alberto Grassi, who was injured in their previous game, is fighting to be back fit for Saturday. 

The good news for Parma is that Ivorian winger Gervinho, who joined them on a free transfer in the summer, could start the game. 


Predicted Lineups

Parma: Sepe; Iacoponi, Alves, Gagliolo, Gobbi; Barilla, Stulac, Grassi; da Cruz, Inglese, Gervinho. 

Juventus: Szczesny; Cancelo, Chiellini, Bonucci, Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Ronaldo, Mandzukic, Costa. 


Prediction

Parma have yet to win a game this season, and Juventus have started the season scoring five goals in two games. 

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Juventus are coming off the back of a convincing win against top four rivals Lazio and Ronaldo will be raring to score his first ever goal for his new club. Parma will probably need a miracle to make it out the match with any points and a Juventus win just seems inevitable. 

Predicted Scoreline: Parma 0-3 Juventus

Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Classic Encounter, Team News, Prediction & More

Atletico Madrid travel to the north-west for a clash with Celta Vigo at the Balaídos on the third weekend of the La Liga season, looking to make up for lost points on the opening weekend. Both sides sit on four points and will be hoping to continue their undefeated starts to the campaign. 

Celta got the better of Levante last time out, whilst Atleti returned to the Wanda Metropolitano with a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano. 


Classic Encounter

Atletico Madrid 3-2 Celta Vigo (2016/17)

A five-goal thriller at the Vicente Calderón broke Celta hearts late in the day as Diego Simone’s side rallied to come from 2-1 down to claim all three points with two goals in the last five minutes.

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The game’s high points were contained to the opening and closing 15 minutes of the ninety. Gustavo Cáceres gave the visitors the lead before Fernando Torres levelled only six minutes later. 

John Guidetti had looked to have given Celta Vigo an unlikely winner 12 minutes from time. However, it wasn’t to be as two quickfire goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann swung the game in Madrid’s favour. 


Team News

Celta Vigo: Antonio Mohamed is still waiting on a late fitness test for summer signing David Junca, who is still suffering from a muscle strain. 

Atletico Madrid: First choice right-back Juanfran will miss the game through a thigh injury, expected to be replaced by Santiago Arias in Atleti’s starting eleven. 

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Key Battles

Both of Celta Vigo’s central defenders Néstor Araujo and Gustavo Cáceres will face an uphill battle to keep the fearsome strike partnership of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa quiet. 

Costa has already proven how dangerous he is still is with the eye-catching performance in the Super Cup win over Real Madrid, whilst Griezmann’s talent is hard to combat. If Celta Vigo are to keep their recent home record intact, stopping the visitors two talismans is vital.  

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For goals, Celta Vigo will look to Maxi Gomez, Iago Aspas and Pione Sisto in their front three. Gomez and Sisto scored in their 2-1 win over Levante and will look to continue at home against one of the most resolute backlines in world football. 

Atleti only conceded 14 goals in 19 league games away from home last term, and Simone’s high defensive standards will look to provide the backbone to another successful campaign. 


Probable Lineups

Celta Vigo (3-4-3): Álvarez; Roncaglia, Cáceres, Araujo, Mallo, Lobotka, Beltran, Alonso, Aspas, Gomez, Sisto

Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Arias, Savic, Godin, Hernandez, Correa, Hernandez, Saul, Lemar, Griezmann, Diego Costa


Prediction

Celta Vigo are unbeaten in their last 12 La Liga home games; drawing seven and winning the other five. A stalemate on Saturday wouldn’t be a surprise as both clubs have experienced identical starts to their league campaigns. 

However, with Atleti desperate not to lose ground on rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid, Diego Simone’s side can’t afford to drop many points in the early weeks as both of the Spanish giants already boast unblemished starts to their seasons. 

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The Europa League winners will look to rely on their firepower up top to edge out a combative opponent in what will likely be a close run affair.

Prediction: Celta Vigo 0-1 Atletico Madrid 

Watch: Christian Coleman Runs Fastest 100 Meters Since 2015 With 9.79 Diamond League Win

Christian Coleman could be the favorite for the 2020 Olympic gold medal in the 100 meters.

U.S. Olympian Christian Coleman clocked the fastest 100 meter time in the world this year with his 9.79 second victory in the Brussels Diamond League final on Friday.

Coleman’s finish is the fastest time run since Justin Gatlin’s 9.74 in May 2015.

American compatriot Ronnie Baker took second place in 9.93 seconds. His season’s best of 9.87 had been the world leading time heading into Friday.

LetsRun.com adjusted Coleman’s time for wind and altitude, which would convert it to a 9.77. The conversion would be faster than Tyson Gay’s American record of 9.69, which was run into a 2.0 m/s wind reading and converts to a 9.78.

Watch the race below:

Coleman made the 2016 U.S. Olympic team in 4×100 meters. He earned a silver medal in the 100 meters at last year’s world championships behind Gatlin and ahead of Usain Bolt.

In February, Coleman set the indoor 60 meter world record of 6.34 seconds at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships. Coleman was hampered with hamstring issues for the early part of this outdoor season but appeared to return to form in July and August.

Bolt has made a few appearances as a spectator at track meets since his retirement. On Friday, he made his debut for the Central Coast Mariners of the Australian professional league.

Denmark Keeper Kasper Schmeichel Pens New Long-Term Deal With Leicester City

Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has signed a new five-year deal with Leicester City.

The stopper, who was linked with a move to FA Cup holders Chelsea this summer, was a key figure in the Foxes side that won the Premier League title under Claudio Ranieri in 2016; and he has pledged his future to the King Power side for the next half-decade.

“Leicester City Football Club can confirm that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has signed a new contract, keeping him at King Power Stadium until June 2023,” Leicester announced via their official website on Friday.

“The 31-year-old Dane has been a significant figure in Leicester City’s success since joining from Leeds in 2011, having represented the Football Club 298 times in all competitions and establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers.”

Schmeichel joined Leicester from Leeds United in 2011 and has since blossomed into one of the best glovemen in Europe. And having put pen to paper on fresh terms, the player has vowed to continue striving for success at Leicester, a club he refers to as ‘home’.

“I’m very happy to be here for many more years. I’ve spent the majority of my career at Leicester now and had some amazing times here, so hopefully we’ll have some more,” the 31-year-old declared.

“I’ve felt at home at this club from day one, so I’d like to thank the fans for the support they’ve given me and also the owners who’ve played a huge part in my career. I want to bring more success to this club as I’ve loved every minute and hopefully we can keep going in the right direction.”

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel Signs New Long-Term Deal With Leicester City

Schmeichel’s new deal will keep him at King Power Stadium through 2023.

Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has signed a new five-year deal with Leicester City.

The stopper, who was linked with a move to FA Cup holders Chelsea this summer, was a key figure in the Foxes side that won the Premier League title under Claudio Ranieri in 2016; and he has pledged his future to the King Power side for the next half-decade.

“Leicester City Football Club can confirm that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has signed a new contract, keeping him at King Power Stadium until June 2023,” Leicester announced via their official website on Friday.

“The 31-year-old Dane has been a significant figure in Leicester City’s success since joining from Leeds in 2011, having represented the Football Club 298 times in all competitions and establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers.”

Schmeichel joined Leicester from Leeds United in 2011 and has since blossomed into one of the best glovemen in Europe. And having put pen to paper on fresh terms, the player has vowed to continue striving for success at Leicester, a club he refers to as ‘home’.

“I’m very happy to be here for many more years. I’ve spent the majority of my career at Leicester now and had some amazing times here, so hopefully we’ll have some more,” the 31-year-old declared.

“I’ve felt at home at this club from day one, so I’d like to thank the fans for the support they’ve given me and also the owners who’ve played a huge part in my career. I want to bring more success to this club as I’ve loved every minute and hopefully we can keep going in the right direction.”

Manchester City vs Newcastle Preview: Classic Encounter, Team News, Predictions & More

Six points separate Newcastle and Manchester City, as the Magpies travel to the Etihad to face the Premier League champions on Saturday.

This fixture has always provided goals in the past, with the last goalless draw between the sides coming way back in 2006. Pep Guardiola will be looking to continue his positive start to his title defence, while Magpies boss Rafa Benitez looks to add to the one point the north-east side have gained so far.

Its been a tough start to the season for Benitez’s side, with antics off the field causing more controversy than performances on the field – but they will need to start picking up points soon if they’re to avoid a relegation battle. 

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City have had a positive start to their title defence, only dropping points to a strong Wolves side in a game they still dominated after starting the season with wins over Huddersfield and Arsenal. 

With easier fixtures coming up for City after the international break, they will want to take maximum points to keep up with title rivals Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool – none of whom have dropped points thus far. 

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It’s been tough start to the season for the Magpies, with Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and Spurs both visiting St James’ Park and taking all three points. 

A saved penalty late on at Cardiff saw Newcastle narrowly miss out on their first victory, which may take more time to come as they visit the Premier League champions this weekend. 


Team News

Manchester City will once against be without chief creator Kevin de Bruyne, who is still recovering from his serious knee injury.

It’s still uncertain whether Magpies captain Jamaal Lascelles will return to the side this weekend, with ongoing rumours that himself, teammate Matt Richie and Benitez have had a training ground bust up. Benitez has played down those rumours, insisting that Lascelles has only been out of the side due to an injury. 

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Richie, who also sat out Newcastle’s 3-1 Carabao Cup loss to Nottingham Forest, is expected to be fit for the clash but experienced midfielder Jonjo Shelvey won’t be involved.

Potential Manchester City Starting Lineup: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Mendy; Gundogen, Fernandinho, D. Silva; Sane, Aguero, Sterling

Potential Newcastle Starting Lineup: Dúbravka; Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett; Ritchie, Ki, Diane, Murphy; Joselu 


Classic Encounter: Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle (October 03, 2015)

This classic encounter between City and Newcastle came at the Etihad when Manuel Pellegrini managed the blue side of Manchester.

A stunning performance from Aguero saw the Argentine score five goals in 20 minutes, which destroyed a Newcastle side who had held onto the lead for nearly 15 minutes when Aguero netted his opener.

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An Aleksandar Mitrović goal gave the Magpies an unexpected lead after 18 minutes, but he and his teammates could do nothing to stop Newcastle suffering their worst start to the season since 1898, failing to win any of their first eight Premier League games.  


Prediction

City will be expecting another routine victory when the Magpies come to town on Saturday, with the visitors hoping that they can avoid the kind of hammering dealt out to Huddersfield earlier this season.

A gutsy defensive performance can be expected from the Magpies, as Benitez looks to maintain their unbeaten start away from home.

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The power of Manchester City will surely pull through, with many Newcastle players perhaps tired after their trip to Nottingham Forest in midweek.

Prediction: Manchester City 4-1 Newcastle