Newcastle v Manchester City
Live on Sky Sports 1
Match Odds: Newcastle 6.05/1, Manchester City 1.68/13, The Draw 4.57/2.
Newcastle gave themselves a chance of survival with their comfortable 3-0 victory over Swansea at the weekend - but this home meeting with Manchester City will inevitably be a much trickier test.
The Magpies were also helped by Sunderland's victory over Norwich. It's not often you find Newcastle supporters cheering on their biggest rivals, but that result ensures it's still a three-way battle to beat the drop. Newcastle are only three points away from survival, with a game in hand over Norwich - although Sunderland also have a game in hand, and are two points closer to survival.
Rafael Benitez is faced with huge injury problems and therefore doesn't have a great deal of options ahead of this match - although he still might make a couple of changes.
The first is up front, where Papiss Cisse was again disappointing against Swansea. The Senegalese striker is capable of great quality, but too often remains on the periphery of games, and substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic contributed more in 10 minutes than Cisse offered in 80.
It would be a surprise if Mitrovic wasn't given the nod up front this time, considering he's regularly made a nuisance of himself and created chances for others in recent weeks. He would surely cause City more problems than Cisse.
The other potential option is January signing Jonjo Shelvey, who was on the bench against Swansea. He will hope for a return to the side, although realistically isn't the type of player who fits into Benitez's side, and his positional indiscipline could open up space for Manchester City to break into.
Benitez is well-known for getting his sides defensively organised, but he won't be thrilled at the prospect of having to field a back four of Vurnon Anita, Jamaal Lascelles, Chancel Mbemba and Paul Dummett against an attack as dangerous as City's. Jack Colback and Cheick Tiote, assuming they continue as Newcastle's midfield duo, will need to protect them closely.
Manchester City were hugely impressive in their 3-0 destruction of Chelsea at the weekend, and while Sergio Aguero hit a hat-trick, Kevin de Bruyne was arguably even more impressive with his counter-attacking from the top of a midfield triangle. Those two will be a huge threat once again, with their counter-attacking combination play potentially deadly.
Samir Nasri is suffering from a small muscle problem having played more minutes than he could handle following his return from long-term injury, so David Silva will probably drift inside from the left flank, with Jesus Navas providing the width from the right, engaging in a one-on-one battle against left-back Dummett.
Yaya Toure, seemingly coming to the end of his City career, has often been outstanding against Newcastle and needs to impress to guarantee his place in the semi-final against Real Madrid. He'll drive forward from a deep midfield role with Fernandinho playing just behind as cover. The Brazilian will mainly be concerned with watching the runs of Moussa Sissoko, although left-sided Georginio Wijnaldum plays very narrow and could also prove a threat.
Andros Townsend's battle against Aleksandar Kolarov could be interesting. City need the Serbian left-back to overlap, in order for Silva to drift inside - but Townsend is dangerous on the break too, and has hit two goals in two games.
Newcastle have given themselves a fighting chance of survival, but Manchester City's attack should have too much for their defence. Expect goals, and for City to get the lion's share.