Crystal Palace vs Manchester City: Manchester City are just two wins away from a Premier League title. Perhaps it is something inevitable this season but they will still have to beat Crystal Palace. In recent years the Eagles have managed to get good results from them.
Pep Guardiola would also not want to drop points in this game. They have a great mid-week victory over PSG in the semi-finals of the Champions League and getting three points against Palace will end the week in a perfect way for them.
As for the home side, they have very much secured their survival in the Premier League. In recent games, we have seen a drop in their intensity as well. However, Rou Hodgson would be keen to push his team to mathematically secure thier safety in the league.
Analysis: Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
There will be no surprises as to the tactics of the two teams. The home side will let the away side play with more possession. Palace will defend in low blocks and try to deny space to Manchester City players.
By making the pitch smaller for their opponents, Palace will look to hit on the counter-attacks. The Eagles will also try to score gaols through set pieces. Palace will feel they can get something out of this game. This is because Guardiola will rest his key players in this game so that his team is fresh to face PSG next week.
Even with their B team, Manchester City are very much capable of beating any team in the Premier League. However, in recent games, they have struggled to score goals. Perhaps a change from their usual false nine might help.
When and Where
Crystal Palace will host Manchester City at Selhurst Park at 5:00 PM (IST).
Teams News and Injury Update
Roy Hudson’s defensive options will be very much limited. Gary Cahill, Mamadou Sakho, Nathan Ferguson, and James Tomkins all are out for the game. In midfield, Connor Wickham and James McArthur are also unavailable.
Predicted Line Up: Vicente Guaita; Joel Ward, Cheikhou Kouyate, Scott Dann, Patrick Van Aanholt; Jordan Ayew, Luka Milivojevic, James McCarthy, Eberechi Eze; Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke.
John Stones is suspended for the game. He is serving his two-match ban following his red card against Aston Villa. Apart from that Guardiola has no injury or suspension concern.
Predicted Line Up: Ederson; Zinchenko, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy; Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva; Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling.
Head to Head Stats: Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
The Eagles have lost 13 games against the Citizens in their previous 17 games. Since losing to Crystal Palace 2-1 in 2015, Manchester City are unbeaten at Selhurst Park in their previous five games.
The two teams have faced each other 66 times. Manchester City has come out on top in 34 games, Palace has won 16 games and the rest of the 14 games have ended as a draw.
Wilfried Zaha- Crystal Palace
The former Manchester United winger is the best player at the club. It is likely he will play a big part if the Eagles are to score in this one. If Manchester City are able to contain him, Palace will be in trouble.
Gabriel Jesus- Manchester City
Despite Sergio Aguero’s absence, the Brazilian hasn’t been able to establish himself as a regular. Thus he will be keen to impress his boss. Also, City have struggled for goals lately, he would want to show that with him the Citizens can score more goals.
12th Man Prediction: Crystal Palace 0 vs Manchester City 2
With Palace very much above the relegation zone, they won’t show their best in this game. In terms of quality, Manchester City have a superior squad as well.