Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace: Premier League – Match Preview

Manchester City will be big favourites on Saturday when Crystal Palace visit the Etihad.

City’s Carabao Cup reign came to an end on Wednesday evening as they were beaten on penalties by West Ham.

Phil Foden was the only man to miss; however he was excellent for City last time out in the league, scoring two and assisting another in a 4-1 win at Brighton.

Crystal Palace were again frustrated as they could only draw 1-1 at home to Newcastle United.

Palace dominated for long periods; however Christian Benteke’s opener was cancelled out by a superb Callum Wilson overhead.

Premier League form: Manchester City W3 D2 L0; Crystal Palace W0 D4 L1
Premier League top scorers

Manchester City – Phil Foden 3 goals
Crystal Palace – Odsonne Edouard 3 goals

Match history
Manchester City won both fixtures last season, including a 4-0 home victory, with John Stones scoring twice.

Palace do have an okay record at the Etihad though and stunned City back in 2018, winning 3-2 with Andros Townsend scoring an absolute stunner.

Last five Premier League meetings
Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 2 – 01/05/21
Manchester City 4 Crystal Palace 0 – 17/01/21
Manchester City 2 Crystal Palace 2 – 18/01/20
Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 2 – 19/10/19
Crystal Palace 1 Manchester City 3 – 14/04/19

Team news
Ferran Torres remains the only injured absentee for Manchester City and they are expected to name a similar XI to the one that beat Brighton.

Kevin de Bruyne returning to the XI is probable though, meaning Ilkay Gundogan could drop out.

Wilfried Zaha should return to the starting XI having only come back as a substitute in the draw with Newcastle.

Michael Olise could earn a first league start, with Jordan Ayew struggling in a wide role.

Expected starting XI’s
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernando; Jesus, Foden, Grealish
Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Guaita; Ward, Anderson, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Milivojevic, McArthur; Olise, Benteke, Zaha


Result: Manchester City
Manchester City are undefeated in 13 of their last 14 league matches against Crystal Palace

Correct Score: 2-0
Manchester City have scored at least two goals in their last eight home matches against Palace

Anytime Goalscorer: Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesus has made a good start to the season and is a favourite to be among the scorers

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