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Preview: Manchester City v Crystal Palace

22 September 2017

After a promising, mid-week win in the Carabao Cup, Palace will be looking to get up and running in the Premier League away to Manchester City this weekend.

The Eagles are yet to score or win in the top flight, but have seen off Ipswich Town and, most recently, Huddersfield Town in the League Cup.

Mamadou Sakho and Pape Souare returned against the Terriers, offering some positive team news going into the clash at the Etihad.

City looking like contenders

Manchester City have made a flying start to the 2017/18 campaign, sitting at the top of the table after four wins and a draw from their opening five games.

They have rattled in an impressive 16 goals across those five fixtures, conceding just two along the way to leave them equal on points, goals scored and goals against with city rivals Manchester United.

As ever, Sergio Aguero is proving the Citizens’ main threat, scoring five goals already this term, whilst Gabriel Jesus (four) and Raheem Sterling (three) have also looked dangerous in these early stages. Last time out, away to Watford, City hit six goals with Aguero getting half of those.

View from the opposition

Pep Guardiola

“It is not easy [to play a struggling team], The competition is so tough.

“It is important to stay fit, avoid injuries - that is the best way.

“But in the Premier League, every single team can beat the other one.

“I have a lot of respect for Crystal Palace from what I have seen. Against Burnley, they created a lot of chances.

“I showed my players the chances they created in two games. They have quality and we have to be careful.

"The players must know that we could lose that game tomorrow."

Team news

Roy Hodgson gave an update on Wilfried Zaha’s recovery during his post-Huddersfield press conference, suggesting that the flying winger would hopefully be back in contention following the early October international break – making the Chelsea home game a possible return fixture for the Ivorian.

Mamadou Sakho will start Saturday's game and Pape Souare, who featured against the Terriers, could be named in the squad.  Long-term absentee Connor Wickham remains out for the Eagles.

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Guendogan suffered a fresh injury scare on his first start in 10 months against West Bromwich Albion in the week. The German had previously been sidelined with a ruptured ACL and looks set to miss the clash against the Eagles - though his latest setback is not thought to be too severe.

Vincent Kompany has been missing with a slight calf injury but could be fit to return to action in this game. 

Matchday officials

Neil Swarbrick has taken charge of three Premier League games so far in 2017/18 handing out six yellow cards across those fixtures. Last term he officiated two Palace league games – the 3-0 home win over Southampton and the 3-0 away defeat to West Ham United.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Assistants: Scott Ledger, Andy Garratt

Fourth official: Tony Harrington

Pre-match stats

Christian Benteke has successfully won 40 aerial duels in the top flight this season, at least 13 more than any other player.

Andros Townsend has successfully completed the most take ons in the division this season (18). Ruben Loftus-Cheek is joint-third with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba (14).

Palace have an xG figure of 7.14 in the Premier League this season, which suggests that from the chances we have had, we should have scored seven goals. This is the seventh highest xG figure in the Premier League this season.

No side has made more interceptions than the Eagles in the Premier League this term (88).

Head-to-head (table)

 

City wins

Draws

Palace wins

League

25

12

13

League Cup

2

0

1

FA Cup

3

0

1

Total

30

12

15

Ticket information

There will be no further tickets available for this match to Palace supporters. 

No tickets are being sold on the day on the match.

Information for visiting fans

Live coverage

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

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Match Reports

Report: Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace

23 September 2017

Unbeaten Manchester City continued their impressive goal scoring form as they hit the net five times to send Palace to their sixth league defeat of the season.

Roy Hodgson made changes to his line up from seven days ago as they faced unbeaten Manchester City, with Mamadou Sakho getting his first Premier League start since his return and Timothy Fosu-Mensah in for Joel Ward. Jason Puncheon was named on the bench as Jeffrey Schlupp played further forward with Patrick Van Aanholt at left back.

It was Palace who had the first shot on goal as Jeffrey Schlupp got on the end of a pass from Christian Benteke, who had got the better of his man as he broke forward, but the 4th minute chance was blocked by John Stones.

Mamadou Sakho nearly had the worst possible start to his first appearance in the Premier League since his return to the club as, trying to clear the danger from a Kevin De Bruyne cross with a diving header, he put the back against his own post but fortunately it went away to safety.

City enjoyed a lot of possession in the opening period of the game and Palace had Wayne Hennessey to thank for the deadlock not being broken on thirteen minutes.  From a corner the ball falls to Nicolas Otamendi and from point blank range the goalkeeper pushed the ball away and once again the visitors were grateful that the home side couldn’t make anything of the loose ball.

Just two minutes later he was called into action again when he got down at his near post to smother a low drive from Raheem Sterling.

It was at the other end though where the woodwork saved City from going behind. Ruben Loftus Cheek broke clear and made space for himself just outside the box and his shot beat Ederson Moraes in the City goal but the ball struck the post to deny the on loan midfielder.

The same player had another chance on the half hour mark as Andros Townsend and Patrick Van Aanholt combined well to set up a chance for Loftus-Cheek but even though he got on the end of the cross he put a good chance wide of the target.

City came close to continuing their outstanding goals return as Leroy Sane’s cross was met by Sergio Aguero but from right in front of the Palace goal, he put the chance over the bar and a let off for Palace.

Hodgson will be pleased with his sides’ defensive first half display and for all the approach play from the home side they struggled to break the visitors down but did finally get the breakthrough minutes before the break.

Sane played the ball to Silva, and then received the ball back before getting it past his man and calmly finishing off the move as he put the ball beyond Hennessey to go in at the break with the advantage.  

The home side increased their advantage soon after the break. Sane was involved again as he made the cross from the left hand side and played the perfect ball to find Sterling, he had timed his run perfectly and made no mistake to put the home side two ahead, 

The England striker nearly had his second of the afternoon three minutes later when Hennessey could only push away a cross from De Bruyne and Sterling put his opportunity into the side netting.

It was not long though before he made amends as De Bruyne played the ball to the far post and Aguero put the ball into the path of Sterling, who made no mistake, to continue their fine form in front of goal this season. 

Changes were made by Hodgson as Puncheon came back into the action and Benteke left the field due to injury, replaced by Bakary Sako. 

A second half dominated by City saw the scoreline increased with twelve minutes remaining as Sane was involved again with his cross headed home past Hennessey by Aguero. 

With two minutes remaining an excellent strike from just outside the area from Fabian Delph into the top corner of the net completed Palace's misery after another impressive performance from City

Manchester City: Ederson , Walker, Stones (Delph 69), Sterling (Silva 60), Agüero, De Bruyne, Sané, Silva, Mendy (Danilo 28), Fernandinho, Otamendi.

Subs: Bravo, Mangala, Jesus, Touré

Palace: Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Dann, Cabaye (Puncheon 56), Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Sakho, Schlupp, Benteke (Sako 71). Fosu-Mensah.

Subs: Speroni, Ward, Tomkins, McArthur, Riedewald

Yellow Cards :

Man City – Mendy, Danilo, Sane.

C Palace: Schlupp.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Man City Away Update

30 August 2017

Tickets for our away Premier League match against Manchester City on Saturday the 23rd September, kick-off 3pm, are now on sale to season ticket holders with no loyalty points requirement.

The remaining two selling phases are

Phase 4

Thursday 31st August from 10am

Paid Members – No Loyalty Points requirement

One ticket per client reference

Phase 5

Monday 4th September from 10am

Season Ticket Holders & Paid Members can book one additional ticket (maximum of two tickets per client reference) – No Loyalty Points requirement

All sales phases are subject to availability.

Tickets will be priced at:

Adults - £30

Over 65’s - £20

18-21 - £20

Under 18’s - £15

Disabled supporters receive a free Personal Assistant ticket (must be booked in person at the Box Office, or by calling 08712 000 071).

Coach travel will be available for this match.

This will depart Selhurst Park at 7.30am and is priced at £27 per seat.

Match tickets and coach travel will be available to book online by calling the ticket line on 08712 000 071, or in person at the Box Office.

Loyalty Points can be viewed at any time, by logging into your account and selecting “My Account”, then “Loyalty Points”.

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