Manchester City vs. Newcastle: Lineups

The first weekend of the Premier League season concludes today with Manchester City hosting Newcastle in a battle of the league favorites and a team hoping to avoid the relegation scrap they found themselves in a year ago.

Today also marks the debut of Manuel Pellegrini as the City manager, and he's picked a rather straight forward team in his first outing. New signings Fernandinho and Jesus Navas both start in the midfield for the Citizens, while old hands Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero get the nod up front.

For Newcastle, Yohan Cabaye is noticeably absent, not just from the starting lineup, but from the bench as well. He has been the subject of transfer rumors of late, especially lately with Arsenal being linked to the Frenchman, and his absence from the team today will only intensify the speculation that he is set to leave Newcastle.

Manchester City: Joe Hart; Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta; David Silva, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Jesús Navas; Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero.

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mathieu Debuchy; Cheik Tiote, Jonås Gutierrez; Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa; Papiss Cisse.

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