LONDON - The champions hope the return of Yaya Toure and new boy Wilfried Bony can help them bridge the gap to the league leaders.
Manchester City will be relying on two faces - one familiar and one new - to lead a final push as they try to overhaul Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, starting this weekend.
The return of Yaya Toure from international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations is a massive boost to a City side who won just once in six games without him.
That win came last time out, though, and City hope the addition of striker Wilfried Bony will be their required X factor as they try to win the title for a second successive year.
Seven points behind Chelsea with 13 games to go is a huge task but Bony, who signed in January and who has also been on international duty alongside Toure, is raring to go as City host Newcastle this weekend.
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"We need to win as many games as we can because we need to make up seven points on Chelsea," the former Swansea striker said.
"It's not easy because I've just arrived from Africa and I will have had five days of training before we play Newcastle.
"I'm not 100 per cent just yet and as I say, I've only just arrived so we will see. (But) if I am needed, I have a good record against Newcastle and I've scored three goals in two games against them."
"They are a good side and are strong at the back but they are coming to our stadium and we need to win this game.
"Four days later we'll be playing Barcelona and we need to go into this game on the back of a strong performance."
Chelsea, meanwhile, will hope Cesc Fabregas is over a recent illness as they travel to relegation-threatened Burnley.
Fabregas played most of the midweek Champions League match with Paris St-Germain but should be fresher for the trip to Burnley.
Hull take on Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland host West Bromwich Albion in the weekend's other matches.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.