Premier League Preview – Manchester City
With three games left at Selhurst Park there is still time to end in a flourish in an effort to banish what has been disappointing viewing in South London this season.
It will not be easy this weekend with defending champions Manchester City making the trip South to take on the Eagles but the hosts will be looking to do the double over the visitors. If Palace manage it, they will be the first team to do so this season with only Leicester City in with a chance of matching it.
City make the trip in between a Champions League quarter final two legged affair with Spurs where they find themselves a goal down at what is effectively half time in the tie.
As for Palace, Roy Hodgson will have to do without his reliable centre back pairing with Mamadou Sakho continuing to miss out along with the news James Tomkins will not play another minute this season. It is likely Scott Dann will partner Martin Kelly with Sam Woods pushing to be included. There is always the opportunity of playing Cheikhou Kouyate in the back line as he has featured there before for West Ham.
The poor home form has been a problem this season with many fans pointing at it being the reason that this is one that will not be fondly remembered. Having said that, being effectively safe with five games left to play is certainly not a bad thing.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are out.
MANCHESTER CITY – Claudio Bravo and Vincent Kompany are not available while Bernado Silva and Oleksandr Zinchenko could miss out.
The last time the two sides met was at the Etihad back in December and we all know how that went! The hosts took the lead through Ilkay Gundogan and it looked like the floodgates were about to open but the Eagles snatched an equaliser soon after through Jeffrey Schlupp. The visitors had the sheer audacity to take the lead with a goal of the season contender from Andros Townsend before the break and soon after the restart, Luka Milivojevic scored a third from the penalty spot. The hosts grabbed a second with Kevin de Bruyne hitting the back of the net but it was not enough to avoid a shock home defeat for the reigning Premier League champions.
Who Scored man of the match – Andros Townsend (8.5)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 22/12/2018 Manchester City 2-3 Crystal Palace
- 31/12/2017 Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City
- 23/09/2017 Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
- 06/05/2017 Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
- 28/01/2017 Crystal Palace 0-3 Manchester City
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 06/04/2019 Newcastle United 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 03/04/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 30/03/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Huddersfield Town
- 16/03/2019 Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 09/03/2019 Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
Last FIVE results for City;
- 09/04/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Manchester City
- 06/04/2019 Manchester City 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 03/04/2019 Manchester City 2-0 Cardiff City
- 30/03/2019 Fulham 0-2 Manchester City
- 16/03/2019 Swansea City 2-3 Manchester City
THE RECORD AGAINST CITY
- Played 60
- Won 16
- Drawn 13
- Lost 31
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Raheem Sterling 7.71
- Sergio Aguero 7.57
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.26
- Luka Milivojevic/ Wilfried Zaha 7.14
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Queens Park Rangers, Liverpool
The 24-year-old is in the form of his life and is expected to have a big say in this match up. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Sterling started his career in the youth academy at QPR before moving to Liverpool in 2010. He made his professional debut for the Reds in 2012 and went on to play almost a century of games for them. The move to City came in 2015 for an initial fee of £44million. To date, Sterling has made almost 50 international appearances for England after making his debut against Sweden in 2012 having represented them at under 16, 17, 19 and 21 levels.
There is little pressure on the hosts for this match up but plenty on the reigning champions who are still on course for the quadruple. City must keep the pressure on at the top of the table by seeing off the Eagles in between the two legs of the all English Champions League tie. Of course, with the Eagles defeating them on their own patch there may even be some revenge seeking but they have more important things to get on with. We expect a tight affair but ultimately Palace will succumb to a narrow defeat (it is at home, after all!)
- TEB prediction – away win
- Ric Turner from Blue Moon prediction (see link below) – away win
- Who Scored prediction – away win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 9/1
- Draw – 9/2
- Away – 1/4
- Both teams to score – 10/11