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With the turkey and presents out the way, Newcastle United have the unenvious job of hosting league leaders Manchester City at St James’ Park on Wednesday.

Rafa Benitez’s side current sit in the bottom half of the table, just two points above the relegation zone going into the Boxing Day games.

The 3-2 away win over West Ham United was their first win in six, losing four games before the victory.

Manchester City’s great form continues. After the 2-1 win over Manchester United, they have scored four goals in each of their last three league fixtures.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Newcastle United side it believes will start the game.

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