Newcastle put in a largely underwhelming shift last season and may have been lucky to avoid the drop.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini is not going to outsmart himself picking his XI for his first Premier League match.
As Simon Curtis of ESPN FC aptly put it, while City's preseason left them with more losses than wins, it did provide "insight into which players may be expected to start against Newcastle United."
Realistically, then, there are only two or three starting positions in question at Manchester City.
Here is what Monday's XI might look like.