Pep Guardiola’s side moved above Leicester City into second spot within the table last weekend, but they’re still 14 points off leaders Liverpool, while Palace occupy ninth following a solid campaign so far .
Pep Guardiola is now talking of securing Champions League football as early as possible and,
while Crystal Palace could also be no walkover, victory would take Manchester City a minimum of 15 points beyond fifth place.
This game is just too early for Aymeric Laporte but the defensive lynchpin’s return is imminent to further brighten the mood at the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola’s champions sit 14 points behind Liverpool having played a game more,
but Man City are going to be hoping that rivals Manchester United can do them a favour at Anfield this weekend.
As for Palace, Roy Hodgson are going to be looking to cause another Etihad shock having won 3-2 there in December 2018.
There is no doubt that Hodgson would take some extent at the Etihad Stadium,
and a positive result this weekend would lead them nicely into back-to-back home fixtures with Southampton and Sheffield United.
Palace will again travel without variety of key players, though, and it’s difficult to imagine City not putting another win on the board thanks to their excellent form in recent weeks.
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Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Team News
City will again be without the services of Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane through injury, but Guardiola otherwise features a full selection to settle on from.
Raheem Sterling is probably going to return to the starting XI having been given a rest against Villa,
although Bernardo Silva may need to simply accept a spot on the bench once more thanks to Mahrez’s form.
Indeed, the Algeria international has managed two goals and three assists in his last three league outings,
additionally to a goal against Manchester United within the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.
John Stones could again keep his spot at the guts of the defence,
while David Silva is predicted to urge the nod over Ilkay Gundogan in central midfield with the house side expected to dominate the ball.
Palace, meanwhile, could hand a full debut to Tosun following his arrival on loan from Everton.
The Eagles still have an entire host of players on the treatment table, though, with Andros Townsend, Jeffrey Schlupp, Joel Ward,
Christian Benteke, Patrick van Aanholt, Mamadou Sakho and Max Meyer all out.
Key midfielder Luka Milivojevic is suspended, meanwhile, meaning that James McCarthy,
James McArthur and Cheikhou Kouyate are likely to continue because the midfield three.
Further forward, Jordan Ayew could shift into a good position to permit for Tosun to steer the attack.
Manchester City haven’t any new reported injury problems before the visit of Crystal Palace.
Aymeric Laporte is back fully training but unlikely to play, while Leroy Sane may be a long-term absentee.
Injury-hit Crystal Palace are without Luka Milivojevic, who is serving the second of a three-match suspension.
Defender Joel Ward is out there after a knee injury but midfielder Max Meyer is out with an ankle injury suffered in last weekend’s draw at Arsenal.
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Line Up
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Stones, Mendy; Rodri, D Silva, De Bruyne; Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Riedewald; McArthur, McCarthy, Kouyate; Ayew, Tosun, Zaha
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Head to Head
City lead the head-to-head record 33 wins to Palace’s 16,
while there have also been 13 draws between the 2 sides throughout history.
The Eagles have only enjoyed two Premier League victories over their opponents this weekend,
although one among those received the Etihad Stadium on their last visit.
The Citizens have won nine of their last 11 meetings altogether competitions,
though, including a 2-0 success once they travelled to Selhurst Park earlier this season.
How to watch Manchester City vs Crystal Palace
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