Premier League Preview – Manchester City
This weekend sees a match up which in recent times has often ended rather one sided and many think this next meeting between the two sides will be no different.
Both head into the Premier League fixture off the back of wins in the Carabao Cup midweek and progressed to the fourth round in what is perhaps the least thought of competition in England.
Regardless, both will return to league duty looking for points but for very different reasons. The hosts take on Palace after flexing their goal scoring prowess with no less than ELEVEN goals in their last two games in the Premier League. Meanwhile, the Eagles travel to a less than happy hunting ground still searching for a goal let alone a win.
Only one result expected, right?
Perhaps so and while many travelling fans will be praying for an off day for City, it is hard to understand why Palace would travel for a game that everyone thinks that they will lose. The run has to end at some point, as does the search for a goal and the cup win against Huddersfield will have provided much needed confidence. Not only that, but the sight of Mamadou Sakho back marshalling the back line is very welcome indeed.
In truth, this is a game the visitors will be unlikely to make a huge impact on considering the ominous form Pep Guardiola’s men are currently enjoying but if they underestimate Palace, they could be surprised.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Wilfried Zaha and Connor Wickham (both knee) will not feature.
MANCHESTER CITY – Vincent Kompany (calf) is the only slight doubt for the hosts.
The last time the two sides met it was a rather one sided affair at the Etihad back in May. The hosts were ahead within two minutes thanks to a goal from David Silva. It did take a little longer for them to grab their second from Vincent Kompany straight after the interval. Goals from Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi completed the scoring.
Who Scored man of the match – Kevin de Bruyne (10.00)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 06/05/2017: Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
- 28/01/2017: Crystal Palace 0-3 Manchester City
- 19/11/2016: Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester City
- 16/01/2016: Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace
- 28/10/2015: Manchester City 5-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 19/09/2017: Crystal Palace 1-0 Huddersfield Town
- 16/09/2017: Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton
- 10/09/2017: Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 26/08/2017: Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City
- 22/08/2017: Crystal Palace 2-1 Ipswich Town
Last FIVE results for City;
- 20/09/2017: West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Manchester City
- 16/09/2017: Watford 0-6 Manchester City
- 13/09/2017: Feyenoord 0-4 Manchester City
- 09/09/2017: Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool
- 26/08/2017: Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester City
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Sergio Aguero 7.86
- David Silva 7.82
- Scott Dann 6.86
- Andros Townsend 6.82
It has been a hectic summer for the blue half of Manchester with Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy (both Monaco), Ederson (Benfica), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Douglas Luiz (Vasco de Gama) and Danilo (Real Madrid) all arriving. Joining the exodus out of the Etihad were the likes of Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham), Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, Wily Caballero and Bacary Sagna (all released).
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – San Fernando, Valencia, Eibar (loan), Celta (loan)
The Spanish international began his career in the youth system at San Fernando in 1995 before joining Valencia in 2000. He made over a century of appearances for the club after making his professional debut for Valencia B in 2003 and his first team debut in 2004. In those appearances he scored twenty-two goals and enjoyed a couple of loan spells at Eibar and Celta.
Manchester City came calling in 2010 and Silva duly signed a four year deal initially. Over two hundred appearances later and with thirty-nine goals to his name, he is still going strong.
Silva represented his country at five different age levels before receiving his first full cap in 2006 and has gone on to make over a hundred appearances to date.
Final league position – 1st
Yes, City have spent a huge amount of money during the summer but there is a feeling that should any club finish above them then they will win the Premier League. It has been an ominous start to the campaign and while it was a similar story last time out, the manner in which they have strengthened suggests that they can keep such a run going for a lengthier period.
- TEB prediction – home win
- City Watch prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home 1/9
- Draw 15/2
- Away 20/1
- Both teams to score 11/10