Picking the Right Manchester City XI to Face Newcastle in Premier League Opener

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Picking the Right Manchester City XI to Face Newcastle in Premier League Opener
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Just a couple of guys embarking on the adventure of a lifetime.

Manchester City open their 2013-14 Premier League campaign against Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium this coming Monday.

Newcastle put in a largely underwhelming shift last season and may have been lucky to avoid the drop.

Before you mark these as three easy points to City, though, recall that the Sky Blues opened last season at home to newly promoted Southampton and quite nearly made a meal of it.

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.

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