Result: Manchester City title defence off to winning start

Goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva ensure that Manchester City kick off their Premier League title defence with three points against Newcastle United.

Manchester City have kicked off their Premier League title defence with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United courtesy of goals in either half from David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on August 17, 2014© Getty Images

Edin Dzeko nearly put the visitors ahead with less than three minutes on the clock, but Tim Krul denied the Bosnian striker after he was picked out with a ball over the top.

Neither side could create any real openings, although Newcastle were beginning to force their opponents into making a few errors as the first half progressed at St James' Park.

Seven minutes before the interval City struck against the run of play, and it was Silva who made the breakthrough with a drilled finish past Krul following a flicked pass from Dzeko into his path.

There was an early scare for the Citizens in the second half as they struggled to deal with a corner whipped into the box, but the danger was soon cleared with their lead still intact.

Newcastle player Mike Williamson challenges Stevan Jovetic during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park on August 17, 2014© Getty Images

Stevan Jovetic came close to adding a second for his side on 55 minutes when he struck the ball from 25-yards out, only to see his attempt fly wide of the target.

Another chance soon followed for City, this time for Dzeko who headed over from close range, while Yaya Toure's free kick sailed inches over the bar.

The missed opportunities almost proved costly when Ayoze Perez broke free from the opposition defence before getting a shot away at goal which was deflected narrowly wide.

Substitute Aguero made sure of the points in added time, however, finishing from close range after pouncing on a rebound ahead of Fabricio Coloccini.

Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on August 17, 2014
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1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool23138254282647
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
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10Watford2475123344-1126
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12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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