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Manchester City vs Crystal Palace: Preview, Team News, Line-up and Prediction

Manchester City is set to host Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium as they look to continue their charge for the Premier League title. Currently, Manchester City sits in the third spot with 32 points. They also have a game in hand when compared to Liverpool and Manchester United. 

On the other hand, Crystal Palace is sitting at the 13th spot with 23 points. The Eagles are undefeated in the last three games but have accumulated only 5 points from the previous 15 possible. After starting the season slowly, Pep Guardiola led Manchester City has found their charisma back. They have won all of their previous four Premier League games.

Team News

Manchester City: Sergio Aguero is set to miss out on this clash. This is because he has to self-isolate himself as he came into close contact with Covid-19. Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake are still nursing their respective injuries and are out of this game. Eric Garcia, who is rumored to leave the club at the end of the season, will be available for selection as he completed his self-isolation period. Coler Palmer and Scott Carson are also available ahead of Sunday’s game.

Crystal Palace: Scott Dann and Gary Cahill can be a part of first-team after being named on the bench against Arsenal. Martin Kelly, Nathan Ferguson, Jeffrey Schlupp, Wayne Hennessey and Connor Wickham all are out for Sunday’s big game. 

Expected Line-up

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Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Foden, Jesus, Sterling.

Crystal Palace: Guaita; Ward, Tomkins, Kouyate, Mitchell; Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Eze; Zaha, Benteke.

Key Player to watch out

Phil Foden – Manchester City

We know that City has other pivotal players like Kevin De Bruyne and Ruben Diaz. But, it is Phil Foden who is leading City’s resurgence this season. In 12 Premier League games, he has found the net four times and assisted twice. People called him a perfect replacement of David Silva and we are just on course to witness that. 

Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha is Crystal Palace’s talisman and all the eyes will be on his performance on this big night. In 16 Premier League games this season, Zaha has scored 8 goals and assisted twice. These numbers are good but it can surely be improved. 

Zaha now has Eberechi Eze to trust when it comes to attacking. Both the players are quick on their feet and have the ability to net stunning goals. Can he do it at Etihad Stadium this Sunday?

Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

We expect this game to be one-sided, favoring the home team. Manchester City has the best defense in the league. They have conceded just 13 goals, which is the least by any team in Premier League right now. In fact, they have conceded just one goal in their previous four Premier League games. 

On the other side, Pep Guardiola has still not discovered their ruthless attitude while going forward. They recorded a narrow 1-0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton recently. 

Crystal Palace is coming after a 0-0 stalemate against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. One positive for Roy Hodgson’s side is that they have conceded only one goal in the previous three Premier League games. But, we can’t see them taking anything away from Man City, especially when the Blues are hitting the form they are famous for. What are your predictions on this game? Let us know in the comment section.

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