The two unbeaten sides in the Premier League take each other on at the Etihad Stadium, as league leaders Manchester City take on third-placed Newcastle United.
Manchester City announced losses of nearly £200m earlier this week, but their mega-rich owners will be more concerned with keeping their side at the peak of the Premier League. City hold a five-point advantage over Manchester United in second position and have been magnificent so far this season, but earned their first worry before the international break with a narrow 3-2 win over QPR.
Newcastle have been the surprise team of the season, but have earned their position in the league on merit. They dispatched Everton 2-1 in their last game, but now face a difficult series of games against City and United which could stop their unbeaten start. Alan Pardew has worked miracles at the Sports Direct Arena and the Toon Army will not be too upset if their unbeaten period stops against City.
City’s class is evident and they are one of the best teams in Europe, not just the Premier League. Roberto Mancini’s men should defeat Newcastle in a hard-fought game at Eastlands, but the Magpies will earn a lot of credit for a gutsy performance against the leaders.