Can The Citizens continue their winning run?

Last updated: September 8, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Selhurst Park, London
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWWLW
Away form: WWWWL
Last season: 2-1
Referee: M. Jones
Competition: Premier League

Manchester City have won four consecutive games , collecting 12 points to lead the table. In this upcoming match against Crystal Palace they are looking for another win, to reinforce their title challenge.

City’s fifth major transfer is finalized as The Sky Blues signed Kevin De Bruyne, who is expected to make his debut on Saturday. Manchester City paid £ 52 m. to have the Belgian international join their squad.

Crystal Palace has also performed well from the beginning of the season, earning nine points from four games. The Eagles won against League Champion title holders Chelsea in the last round boosting their confidence for this clash.

Maybe the only thing to be changed in Manchester City’s playing style is The Citizens players have to be more aware of fouling in dangerous areas.

The expectation is for both teams to be equally matched. Making what happens on the pitch unpredictable. One thing is sure – the game will be enjoyable for the neutral football fans.

Team News

Wilfried Bony will miss the game due to a gashed leg. Fernando suffers from a groin strain. Zabaleta and Clichy are also out of contention.

Alan Pardew can’t include in his starting eleven, M. Jedinak (hamstring), M. Chamakh (hamstring), Fraizer Campbell (hamstring) and Appiah (knee ligament injury).

Manchester City’s new signing, Kevin De Bruyne, could make his debut against Palace on Saturday.

Palace midfielder Sako is in top form and is expected to be included in the starting eleven again.

Quotes of the week

Alan Pardew Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) : “We’ve added new players, but we haven’t lost the spirit that we have.”

manuel pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) : “We are always a creative team.”

Expected line-ups:

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): McCarthy, Ward, Souare, Dann, Delaney, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Sako, Zaha, Wickham.
Subs Bolasie, Ledley, Lee, Mariappa, Hennessey, Gayle, Mutch
Injured: Appiah, Chamakh, Campbell, Jedinak
Not available:
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Sagna, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Fernandinho, Toure, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero.
Subs Iheanacho, Nasri, Delph, Caballero, Demichelis, Roberts, Maffeo.
Injured: Clichy, Fernando, Zabaleta, Bony
Not available:

Key Battle

bakary sako Bakary Sako this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
2 174 2 5,5 1 2 0 0
aguero Sergio Aguero this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
4 281 1 3,8 0 1 0 0

So far this season

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Crystal Palace this season Manchester City this season
2 League Position 1
1 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (2)
3-1 vs Norwich Biggest win 3-0 vs Chelsea and WBA
0 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 0 (0)
1 (0) (at home) Losses (away) 0 (0)
1-2 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat
Sako (2), Ward (2) Top scorer Fernandinho (2), Kompany (2)
McArthur (2), Puncheon (2) Assist Leader Silva (4)
Y5, R0 Discipline Y9, R0
0 Failures to score 0
0 Clean Sheets 4
4 Both Teams to Score Games 0
4 Over 2.5 Games 2
0 Under 2.5 Games 2
  • The Citizens have the advantage over their opponent, having won 16 times from 35 games. The Eagles have won 10 matches against Manchester City.
  • From the start of the season Manchester City have played twice away from home and the players secured two victories (3-0 WBA and 2-0 Everton).
  • Palace won against Aston Villa in their last home match in The Premiership. Sako scored late in the match to secure all the points.
  • The last match between the sides finished with a home victory (2-1) for Palace. Murray and Puncheon gave a 2-0 lead for The Eagles. Toure scored the City goal.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
06.04.15 Premier League Crystal Palace 2-1 Man City Murray 34′
20.12.14 Premier League Man City 3-0 Crystal Palace David Silva 49′
27.04.14 Premier League Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City Dzeko 4′
28.12.13 Premier League Manchester City 1-0 Crystal Palace Dzeko 66′
27.08.09 League cup Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City Wright-Phillips 50′