Eagles Very Much Underdogs Going Into Game Against Champions Elect

We are into the final stretch of what has been a busy condensed season with just six games left for the Eagles ahead of the the visit of Champions League semi finalists, Manchester City.

DATE

1st May 2021

KICK OFF

12.30pm

VENUE

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

LAST TIME

City last visited South London in October 2019 and ran our 2-0 winners thanks to first half goals from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva. The scoreline could have been worse as both Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne hit the woodwork during the game.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Gabriel Jesus (8.8)

OFFICIALS

Referee: David Coote. Assistants: Marc Perry, Nick Hopton. Fourth official: Stuart Attwell. VAR: Jonathan Moss. Assistant VAR: Gary Beswick

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson, Gary Cahill, Connor Wickham, James McArthur (all injured)

CITY – John Stones (banned)

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1), Christian Benteke (1), John Stone (1)

YELLOW CARDS (5+) – Luka Milivojevic (7), Fernandinho (5)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 17/01/2021 Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace
  • 18/01/2020 Manchester City 2-2 Crystal Palace
  • 19/10/2019 Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City
  • 14/04/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City
  • 22/12/2018 Manchester City 2-3 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 26/04/2021 Leicester City 2-1 Crystal Palace
  • 10/04/2021 Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea
  • 05/04/2021 Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 13/03/2021 Crystal Palace 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
  • 07/03/2021 Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for City;

  • 28/04/2021 Paris ain Germain 1-2 Manchester City
  • 25/04/2021 Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 21/04/2021 Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City
  • 17/04/2021 Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City
  • 14/04/2021 Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Manchester City

RECORD AGAINST CITY

  • Played 64
  • Won 16
  • Drawn 14
  • Lost 34

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Kevin de Bruyne 7.56
  • Joao Cancelo 7.37
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.91
  • Christian Benteke 6.90

ONE TO WATCH

JOAO PEDRO CAVACO CANCELO

FORMER CLUBS – Barreirense, Benfica, Valencia, Inter Milan, Juventus

The Portuguese international has gone under the radar a little since arriving at the Etihad for a fee of £27.4million in August 2019 but looks to have settled with a string of eye catching performances this season.

KEY CLASH

CHEIKHOU KOUYATE v SERGIO AGUERO

With the Argentina striker not featuring in the Champions League midweek, he is likely to start against Palace with City potentially being named champions with victory at Selhurst Park. He will be up against a midfielder who has made his home at centre back this season and looked comfortable with it.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • City have won 19 of their last 21 league matches
  • Palace last beat City at Selhurst in April 2015
  • City have been winning at both half time and full time in 9 of their last 12 matches against Palace
  • Palace’s last victory against City was at the Etihad in December 2018
  • City have scored at least 2 goals in 11 of their last 12 matches against Palace
  • Palace have beaten City just once in their last 13 attempts

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (10 – 11th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Eberechi Eze/ Andros Townsend (4)
  • PASSES – Luka Milivojevic (1182)
  • TACKLES – Andros Townsend (65 – 19th in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Luka Milivojevic (1511)
  • SHOTS – Christian Benteke/ Wilfried Zaha (49)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (99 – 7th in PL)

PREDICTION

Tough as ever to make a prediction for a game involving Palace but a lot depends on how much of a distraction the Champions League will be for the visitors. A victory could see them take the title but the host PSG in the second leg on Tuesday evening. Question is, will Palace be in the mood to take the game to City?

FINAL SCORE: 1-2

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 17/2
  • Draw – 4/1
  • Away – 3/10
  • Both teams to score – evens

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