The Citizens will be looking to exploit the fact that Liverpool and Manchester United go H2H on Sunday, so they can get closer with three points over the Eagles. Check out our Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Preview to get the latest news and stats.
Manchester City Recent Form & Team News
With a game in hand over Liverpool and Manchester United, and those two playing each other this weekend, Manchester City surely sense an opportunity to move even closer to the Premier League’s top spot. City have been exceptional in recent weeks, with an eight-game unbeaten PL run (W6, D2) hauling them from 11th place up to third ahead of this round, and taking their clean sheet rate to a league-high 50%.
All five of their PL home wins this term have now come ‘to nil’, and saw City lead at HT, so expect a fast and confident start from the title challengers. However, a word of caution – Crystal Palace are the only side that have visited the Etihad across the previous two PL campaigns (2018/19; 2019/20) and left unbeaten on both occasions (Pal: W1, D1).
Player to watch: City’s impressive youngster Phil Foden netted the opener last time out. His last three goals have now been scored between the 20th minute and HT.
Hot stat: Ahead of this gameweek, City have missed a league-high seven PL penalties since the start of last season.
Pep Guardiola will be without Sergio Aguero (illness). Nathan Ake (muscle), Eric Garcia (illness), and Aymeric Laporte (thigh) are questionable.
Crystal Palace Recent Form & Team News
Can lightning strike a third time? The odds say it’s highly unlikely; however, Palace travel here in improved defensive form after starting 2021 by securing two consecutive Premier League clean sheets (W1, D1), more than they managed in their 24 top-flight matches prior. Furthermore, a goalless draw versus Arsenal in their last PL road trip brought Palace’s unbeaten rate as a PL away underdog to 50% this term (W2, D2, L4).
Still, none of that changes the reality that Palace have failed to score in five of their last seven competitive away games (W1, D2, L4), or the fact their last five defeats at City featured a 3+ goal margin.
Player to watch: Wilfried Zaha prefers to up the ante after the break, which is when his last four PL goals have been struck.
Roy Hodgson cannot count on Nathan Ferguson (knee), Wayne Hennessey (knee), and Martin Kelly (calf). Mamadou Sakho (thigh), Jeffrey Schlupp (thigh), and Connor Wickham (ankle) are also out.
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