Manchester City vs Newcastle
Manchester City and Newcastle United will face each other in a Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The two teams have had different results in recent cup competitions, with the Magpies hoping to recover from their defeat in the EFL Cup final last weekend, while the Citizens aim to continue their good form after a comfortable win in the FA Cup fifth-round match during midweek.
On Tuesday, Manchester City extended their unbeaten run of five successive away games by securing a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bristol City in the FA Cup fifth round. Phil Foden scored twice, and Kevin De Bruyne added a late goal to seal the win. The Citizens have now booked a spot in the quarter-finals, where they will face Burnley, led by former City captain Vincent Kompany.
In their previous match, Pep Guardiola's men cruised to a 4-1 triumph against Bournemouth in the Premier League, keeping them within striking distance of table-toppers Arsenal in the title race. However, with 13 games remaining, City still trail the Gunners by five points, and they also face pressure from their in-form local rivals, Manchester United, who are six points behind in third place but have a game in hand.
Chelsea vs Leeds
Chelsea will be aiming to relieve the mounting pressure on Graham Potter, whose job has come under intense scrutiny, as they seek to end their winless streak of six matches. They are set to host Leeds United, who are eager to distance themselves from the relegation battle as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, Potter will have to deal with the setback of defender Thiago Silva's absence due to a knee ligament injury, adding to the growing list of challenges faced by the English coach.
James is uncertain to play due to tightness in his hamstring, while Cesar Azpilicueta is still out as he undergoes concussion protocols.
On a positive note, N’Golo Kante has returned to full training for the first time in more than six months since injuring and undergoing surgery on his hamstring. However, he may not be fully fit to feature against Leeds.
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