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14 April 2019 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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Palace Preview: Eagles looking for second Manchester City shock

13 April 2019

When Crystal Palace defeated reigning champions and league leaders Manchester City in December last year, they may have recorded one of their finest victories to date.

With Manchester City widely hailed as one of the decade's greatest teams seen in Europe, a hit-and-miss Palace side travelling north to the sky blue half of Manchester were far from likely to cause an upset.

But, as is well known, in truly remarkable fashion the Eagles did the unthinkable and thanks in part to Andros Townsend's thunderstrike - an effort befitting of such a win - left the Etihad with three points and three goals secured before Christmas.

Today, the Citizens return to face the Palace, but this time at Selhurst Park. This leg of the clash should provide south Londoners with more optimism, as Palace sit three places higher in the table having won three of their last five league matches compared with two from five in December.

But form pales into insignificance against the likes of Pep Guardiola's men, who have won seven of their last eight league games, keeping a clean sheet in six of them. And with a game in hand over league leaders Liverpool, a win in SE25 would temporarily place them top before the Reds host Chelsea at 4.30pm the same day - thus putting further pressure on Jurgen Klopp's title-challengers.

Providing another stern test for City on Sunday becomes all the more important, then, and Crystal Palace will be looking to be the first side outside of the top six to beat the Sky Blues twice in a season since 2011.

And although it was Townsend who stole the headlines at the Etihad, Luka Milivojevic separated the two sides with his penalty early into the second half. Should he step-up from 12 yards again, fans will feel confident in his abilities having netted 10 times from the spot this season - just one shy of Andrew Johnson's Premier League record of 11.

Team news

Hodgson has announced that Palace are without James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho.

Guardiola is assessing the fitness of Bernardo Silva and Oleks Zinchenko over the weekend.

Tactical overview

Needless to say, City are famous for their ability across the pitch, but particularly for their relentless prowess going forward and have scored 83 goals from just 32 league matches - over 2.5 goals per game. 

In the last clash, Palace opted to play with a 4-5-1 formation that sat deep and flooded the midfield, pressing well but judiciously to avoid burning out.

Perhaps the best way of hurting City is on the break, though it has to be enacted with swift precision to limit the time allowed for Guardiola's side to re-shape.

Stat to share

Guardiola is winless in his last two league meetings with Palace – he’s only ever had longer winless league runs against Everton (3) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (4) in his entire managerial career.

Live coverage

This clash will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event from 1pm.

You can check out our Instagram story pre-match for all of the build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you match updates while cpfc.co.uk is the place to go for post-match reaction, a match report and comments from the manager.

Alternatively, grab your Palace Audio pass for just £1.49 to enjoy full commentary of this match.

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

READ NEXT: Penalty King Milivojevic reveals his spot kick secrets.

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Match Reports

Sterling sinks Palace at Selhurst

14 April 2019

Title-chasers Manchester City put an end to the two-game winless run against the Eagles, with a Raheem Sterling brace contributing to a 3-1 win in south London.

The opening few minutes of proceedings went as expected, with Manchester City retaining a lot of the ball in the middle of the park as they looked to unlock a resolute Palace defensive line.

It was this resoluteness that meant it was the Eagles who in fact registered the first chance of the afternoon, with Luka Milivojević sending over from just outside the box after a quick breakaway down the pitch from Roy Hodgson’s side.

As the Citizens continued to probe down the flanks, Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp took it in turns to keep Raheem Sterling quiet down the Eagles’ left-hand flank.

The first big chance of the afternoon for Man City came in the 9th minute, retrieving a stray ball from Christian Benteke, City worked their way through Palace’s box thanks to some fine individual play from David Silva, who teed up Sterling, unmarked, at the back post. Thankfully, the England international fluffed his lines and the ball trickled wide of Vicente Guaita’s post.

Sterling made up for his open goal miss on the 15-minute mark, though, with City thwarting a Palace attack, breaking quickly, culminating in a defence-splitting pass from Kevin De Bruyne to Sterling, who arrowed a shot into the roof of Guaita’s net.

Things went from bad to worse for Palace when Jeffrey Schlupp was forced off in the 19th minute through injury, with Hodgson bringing on Cheikhou Kouyaté for the Ghanaian international.

A few promising Palace breaks down both flanks showcased that the Eagles weren't giving up. However, the next chance of the game fell to Guardiola's side, with Agüero firing over from just inside the box.

Palace came alive with the neat, intricate build-up play you’d expect to see from the Eagles: starting with Zaha cutting in from the left-hand side, he found Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who knocked the ball inside to James McArthur, who in turn found Milivojević, with the Serbian sending a delightful dink over the City back line to Benteke; the resulting knockdown from the striker couldn’t quite find Zaha as City scrambled to clear.

Moments later, down the other end of the pitch, Guaita saved smartly from Sané at his right-hand post, parrying away a close-range effort from the German international.

The second-half carried on in a similar vein to the first, with De Bruyne, after a sustained period of possession for the Citizens, whipping a ball across the Palace box that, after a few bobbles, was smothered by Guaita. 

Nothing of real note happened in the opening 15 minutes of the second-half, with the ball getting bogged down in the midfield, however, the next big moment of the game was a costly one for the Eagles, with Sterling slotting home a miscued shot from Sané in the 63rd minute.

The second goal from the Citizens sparked a resurgence for Hodgson's side with a sustained period camped inside Man City's half. Benteke acrobatically shot down the centre of City's goal, with Ederson able to hold on to the effort, and that was followed up a couple of minutes later with Scott Dann heading over from a corner.

A tactical change from Hodgson in the 77th minute saw Andros Townsend replaced by Max Meyer as the Eagles looked to interrupt Man City's rhythm and stage a late comeback.

An almost instant repsonse from the personnel and formation change, with James McArthur drawing a foul on the edge of the box. 

Up stepped Milivojević and as the Serbian has done from dead ball situations all season, rifled home the free-kick to lift the Selhurst faithful as Palace went in search of the equaliser in the final 10 minutes.

Bakary Sako was the final throw of the dice from Hodgson, with the attacker replacing the more defensive-minded McArthur, as Palace looked to make it three games in a row unbeaten against the reigning champions.

Despite the late surge it wasn't meant to be for the Eagles, with Kevin De Bruyne notching his second assist of the afternoon, teeing up Gabriel Jesus to slot home from close range in the 90th minute to end any chance of the Eagles earning a point.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann, Kelly, Wan-Bissaka, Milivojević, McArthur (Sako 84), Schlupp (Kouyaté 19), Zaha, Townsend (Meyer 77), Benteke

Subs not used: Hennessey, Ward, Ayew, Batshuayi

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, De Bruyne, D Silva (B Silva 63), Sané (Stones 85), Sterling, Agüero (Jesus 74)

Subs not used: Muric, Danilo, Mahrez, Otamendi

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Ticket News

Selhurst Park sold out for Palace v Manchester City

2 April 2019

Tickets for Crystal Palace's home clash against Manchester City have now sold out.

The game sees the Eagles looking to notch up points against the Citizens after their remarkable 3-2 win in the reverse leg of this fixture back in December.

To secure a place for this match, you will have to look to purchase your seat on Twickets - the club's official re-sale partner.

Alternatively, Premium Matchday experiences are still available - providing you with the perfect way to watch the game. You can buy your premium seat by clicking here now.

Don't miss out on any matches next year, renew your season ticket now!

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