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Preview: Crystal Palace v Manchester City

31 December 2017

Palace host high-flying Manchester City at midday on New Year’s Eve, looking to bounce back from Thursday night’s narrow defeat at home to Arsenal to end 2017 on a high and to halt the Citizens’ rampant run.

City sit at the top of the table, 15 points clear of arch-rivals Manchester United, whilst the Eagles currently reside outside the drop zone in 16th place.

City eye a European record

Pep Guardiola’s side have won 18 consecutive Premier League games and are one shy of equalling the 19-match record set by the Catalan at Bayern Munich. They have only dropped points on one occasion in the league this term, drawing with Everton back in August, scoring 61 goals in their 20 top flight games so far.

Three of the Premier League’s top 10 goalscorers are City players (Sterling 13, Aguero 12 and Jesus 8), whilst the top three assist providers are all Blues (De Bruyne 9, Silva 8 and Sane 8).

View from the opposition

Pep Guardiola: "As a manager I have to adapt. In these 18 games, we have played teams who high press, low press, attack us. Any manager and team can play how they want. And you have to find a way to beat them.

"I see the schedule in my office. January is tough, with Carabao Cup and Premier League games, FA Cup. It will be tough. The best way is to analyse and speak to the doctors. All we can do is think about Palace."

Team news

Crystal Palace: Roy Hodgson noted that the Palace squad could be carrying a few knocks following the Arsenal game and due to the intense festive fixtures, but he wouldn’t know the extent until nearer to kick off New Year’s Eve.

Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham remain out.

Manchester City: John Stones, Vincent Kompany and Phil Foden are all out, whilst Fabian Delph is a doubt. Long-term absentee Benjamin Menday remains out with a knee ligament injury.

Matchday officials

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Assistants: Eddie Smart, Andy Halliday

Fourth official: Stuart Attwell


Only Jason Puncheon (32) and Chris Armstrong (31) have been directly involved in more Premier League goals for Palace than Wilfried Zaha (30).

The Citizens have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last nine Premier League games against Crystal Palace.

Manchester City haven’t ended a calendar year with a victory in the Premier League since 2013 – they lost 0-1 at Liverpool in 2016, drew 0-0 away at Leicester in 2015 and drew 2-2 at home to Burnley in 2014.

After a run of scoring 14 goals in 13 Premier League games against London teams, Sergio Aguero has netted just four in his last 12, failing to score on eight occasions in this run.


  Palace wins Draws City wins
League 13 12 26
FA Cup 1 0 3
League Cup 1 0 2
Total 15 12 31


This match is now sold out.

Season ticket holders who cannot attend the match can use Twickets to re-sell their seat at face value to fellow season ticket holders and members.

Tickets offered for sale will be sold through the Twickets platform, where they can be purchased safely and securely.

Check out the matchday guide for all the stadium opening times for this 12 noon kick-off.

Live coverage

If you can’t make it to Selhurst Park for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from midnight. 

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City

31 December 2017

Against the odds, Palace ended Manchester City’s 18-match winning streak by gaining a goalless draw at Selhurst Park, but they could have snatched a memorable victory if Luka Milivojevic had converted an injury-time penalty.

The Eagles held firm for the whole game to repel the country’s most potent attacking force, and it looked as though they would be rewarded when they were handed a spot-kick beyond the 90th minute, but Milivojevic saw his effort saved by Ederson as the chance to become the first team to beat Guardiola’s side this season slip away.

Despite City’s huge lead at the top of the table and an early chance for Bernardo Silva which was scuffed wide, Palace were undaunted as they kept Guardiola’s men at bay throughout, and with a sign of things to come the early opportunities fell their way.

The first came when some miscommunication between Eliaquim Mangala and Ederson allowed a Wayne Hennessey clearance to bounce between them and Christian Benteke nipped in, but the Frenchman managed to recover and deflect the goalbound effort wide of the open goal.

Then on 13 minutes after a free-kick was cleared into his path, Patrick van Aanholt saw a volley from 25 yards take a slight deflection that required Ederson to produce a full-stretch save to tip it away, but the Eagles’ bright start was halted when Scott Dann was stretchered off with a serious-looking knee injury after a challenge on Kevin de Bruyne, ending his 200th Premier League appearance on a sour note.

That, as well as City being forced into a change of their own after Gabriel Jesus came off in tears, saw the game lose some of its edge until his replacement Sergio Aguero took matters into his own hands by cutting inside and letting fly, but his shot struck Jairo Riedewald and bounced kindly off the post, and then in stoppage-time De Bruyne cut the ball back to City’s all-time top scorer who shanked wide as Palace held on to their parity up until half-time.

They continued in the same vein after the restart and continued to frustrate their opponents, but with their winning streak in jeopardy Guardiola’s team cranked up the pressure and Ilkay Gundogan bent the ball a whisker wide from 25 yards before Fernandinho belted into the Whitehorse Lane End, and then Aguero headed straight at Hennessey.

And soon after the Eagles glovesman made his first big stop of the game when a deep cross by Raheem Sterling found Leroy Sane at the back post but Hennessey managed to block his first-time shot with his body, but the hosts were still in contention and with 13 minutes to go Wilfried Zaha’s low centre was dummied by Riedewald and gave Andros Townsend a sight of goal, but he screwed his snapshot high and wide.

But as usual at Selhurst Park this season there would be late drama, and once again it centred around a last-gasp penalty when Zaha was upended in the box by Sterling, and Jon Moss pointed to the spot. Milivojevic, having scored three times from 12 yards this season, once again stepped up to take it but saw his blast down the middle strike the legs of Ederson as Roy Hodgson’s team were forced to settle for just a point against the runaway league leaders.

Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Dann (Kelly 19), Van Aanholt, Townsend, Milivojevic, Cabaye (Puncheon 75, Lee 90), Riedewald, Zaha, Benteke. Subs not used: Speroni, Souare, Delaney, Kaikai.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Mangala, Danilo, Gundogan (Sterling 57), Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sane, B. Silva (Toure 81), Jesus (Aguero 23). Subs not used: Bravo, Stones, Adarabioyo, Zinchenko.

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Ticket News

Manchester City Home Tickets To Go On Sale

11 November 2017

Tickets for Crystal Palace's home game against Manchester City on New Year's Eve will go on sale to supporters from Tuesday 14th November.

Pep Guardiola's high-flying City side will be Palace's final opponents of 2017 in a midday kick-off, with tickets going on sale to Gold Members from 10am on Tuesday 14th November, and all other paid members and season ticket holders from 10am on Wednesday 15th September.

This match will be a Category A match, with paid members and season ticket holders being able to book up to two tickets each, subject to availability.

International Members will have until 1pm on Monday 13th November to return their priority reservation forms for this match in order to guarantee tickets.

Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 08712 00 00 71 or in person at the Box Office.

Memberships are still available to book online.

Ticket prices are shown below:





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The club are also committed to improving accessibility and facilities for fans with disabilities, and ensuring an exceptional matchday experience for all fans attending matches at Selhurst Park. FAQs for fans with disabilities.

There will also be a range of hospitality options available for this game, with plenty more information on our dedicated corporate hospitality site.

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