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Tactical Battles That Will Shape Newcastle United's Clash with Manchester City
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Given that Arsenal don't play at Aston Villa until Monday night, Manchester City could go back to the top of the Premier League table when they face Newcastle United at St. James's Park on Sunday afternoon.

City's focus has been on the cup competitions in the past week, but the resumption of their title charge will be compelling viewing as they travel to face a side who have surprised many onlookers this season.

Alan Pardew's men must have feared the worst when they were thumped 4-0 at City in their opening match of the season, but since then they've recovered and impressed many in earning victories at the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United, as well as beating Chelsea at home.

Manuel Pellegrini will know that this is a tough assignment then, and here are five key battlegrounds which could determine the fate of the contest.

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