Man City vs Crystal Palace LIVE early team news, predicted line up and score predictions
Manchester City host Crystal Palace in the Pre’mier League, aiming to keep the press’ure on Ch’elsea and Liverpool.
Manchester City are aimi”ng to bounce back from their Carabao Cup defeat at We’st Ha’m and continue th’eir goo’d run in the Prem’ier Lea’gue when they host Crys’tal Palace thi’s aftern’oon.
City are we’ll-pla’ced in the ‘Premier Le’agu’e and were in fine form follow’ing last week’s win at Brighton. How’ever, a much-changed side lost on pena’lties to end City’s five-year domi’nance of the League Cup at West Ham, so Pep Guard’iola will be looking for a reacti’on tod’ay.
Guardiola will sur’ely m’ake adjustme’nts from that side having made nine chan’ges at the London Stadium, giving the like’s of Ruben Dias, Ayme’ric Lapo’rte, Rodri and Berna’rdo Silva a full rest. Kyle Wal’ker and Joao Can’celo shared 45 minutes each, as’ their game time was mana’ged ahead of this fixture.
Guardiola was fu’ll of pra’ise for former City co’ach Patrick Vieira’s early wo’rk at Palace, who have taken 4 points from their last three visits to the Etihad Stadi’um.
Hoping for another quiet afternoon
With all the kerfu’ffle acr’oss town at United, City hav’e an air of serenity ab’out the’m at the moment, even da’ys after a rare defeat and Cara’bao Cup exit.
They are playin’g great football, are neatly place’d in the title rac’e, and the only re’al iss’ue – whether they can win it wit’hout a stri’ker or not – only cro’ps up wh’en they don’t win and miss cha’nces.
It is an odd perspe’ctive, but the only “story” at th’e Etih’ad Stadium today would be if Pa’trick Vieira retur’ned an’d took a result.
City’s formid’able defe’nce
City’s defe’nce has been formidable so far this sea’son and two stats underpin this: th’ey are yet to concede a goal in the 1st half of league mat’ches, and have not conceded at al’l in the league at home.
All things have to com’e to an end but Palace scoring, especially scoring in the 1st half, would certainly be a coupon-bu’ster today.