Premier League Football Returns As Palace Start Tough Run

The Premier League is back and Palace face a ridiculously tough run of fixtures kicking off with the visit of Manchester City who go into this game off the back of a surprise home defeat.

DATE

19th October 2019

KICK OFF

5.30pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST SEASON

An entertaining contest but the eventual title winners took all three points back to Manchester, but they did not have it all their own way. Raheem Sterling put the visitors ahead early on and doubled their lead midway through the second half. Luka Milivojevic led the fight back by firing a free kick into the back of the net in the final ten minutes of the game but as the Eagles pushed for an equaliser, Gabriel Jesus added a third to seal the points for City.

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Anthony Taylor

ASSISTANTS – Ian Hussin, Peter Kirkup, Jeremy Simpson (fourth official)

VAR – Kevin Friend, Adrian Holmes (assistant)

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Connor Wickham will miss out due to fitness while Mamadou Sakho is a doubt. Luka Milivojevic is available for selection after serving a one game ban.

CITY – Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte are both long term absentees while John Stones, Kevin de Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy are doubtful.

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINE

5 yellow cards – Luka Milivojevic

3 yellow cards – Jordan Ayew

2 yellow cards – Joel Ward, Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling, Rodrigo

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 14/04/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 05/10/2019 West Ham United 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 28/09/2019 Crystal palace 2-0 Norwich City
  • 22/09/2019 Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 14/09/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Crystal Palace
  • 31/08/2019 Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa

Last FIVE results for opposition;

  • 06/10/2019 Manchester City 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 01/10/2019 Manchester City 2-0 Dynamo Zagreb
  • 28/09/2019 Everton 1-3 Manchester City
  • 24/09/2019 Preston North End 0-3 Manchester City
  • 21/09/2019 Manchester City 8-0 Watford

RECORD AGAINST CITY

  • Played 61
  • Won 16
  • Drawn 13
  • Lost 32

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • Kevn de Bruyne 8.05
  • Raheem Sterling 7.75
  • Wilfried Zaha 7.08
  • James McArthur 7.00

ONE TO WATCH

RODRIGO HERNANDEZ CASCANTE

Former clubs – Rayo Majadahonda, Atletico Madrid, Villareal

The Spanish international joined City in the summer for a club record fee of Β£62.8million from Atletico Madrid where he made just 34 appearances and scored 3 goals. A defensive midfielder that made his name at Villareal where he made his professional debut in 2015, also had Bayern Munich interested in securing his signature. At 23 years of age, Rodri is seen as the long term replacement for Fernandinho who is coming towards the end of his career.

KEY CLASH

GARY CAHILL v SERGIO AGUERO

This promises to be a compelling battle with the Argentinian striker having hit the back of the net 6 times already this season, City’s top scorer. In comparison, Cahill has been in superb form in a back line that has been hard to break down this season (other than away at Spurs, oddly).

PRE-GAME STATS

  • City have won 10 of their last 11 away matches in the Premier League
  • Palace are unbeaten in their last 6 home matches in the Premier League
  • City have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 away matches in the Premier League
  • Rodrigo has the most passes between the two sides this season with 556 ahead of Nicolas Otamendi with 532
  • Joel Ward has the most tackles so far this season between the two sides with 23 ahead of Rodrigo with 20.

PREDICTION

Palace have their unbeaten record at home in the league at stake here against the reigning champions. An even more of a tall order as City travel to South London off the back of a defeat before the international break. It is still early in the season but with the way City have already fallen behind Liverpool, they will see this as a must win. Having said that, Palace are always up for springing a surprise and with the undefeated home record on the line, they will be looking to repeat what Norwich and Wolves have already managed this season.

Final score: Palace 1-2 City

OPPOSITION VIEW

Ahead of the visit of City, TEB had a chat with the guys at the popular Blue Moon Podcast about their season so far and thoughts on the game.

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 10/1
  • Draw – 11/2
  • Away – 1/5
  • Both teams to score – 4/5
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