Defeat to Everton on Monday cost City their chance to spend Christmas at the top of the table for the first time in 81 years but they are undefeated away from Eastlands since the end of October and will fancy their chances of completing a league double over the Magpies.
Middle man: De Jong (left) is back to boost City ranks in the centre of the pitch
Mario Balotelli has shrugged off a minor knee ailment and is expected to be part of Roberto Mancini's squad, while Pablo Zabaleta (ankle) is also set to report fit.
Team (from): Hart, Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Boateng, K Toure, Kompany, Boyata, Kolarov, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Johnson, De Jong, Vieira, Milner, Y Toure, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Adebayor, Balotelli, Jo.
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