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Palace Preview: Hodgson to surpass own Premier League record v Manchester City

17 January 2020

When Crystal Palace take on Manchester City at the Etihad stadium, Roy Hodgson will be taking charge of his 95th Premier League game for the south Londoners - the most he has managed any club in the competition.

Hodgson has overseen 94 Premier League matches for Palace, the same number of games he led in the top flight for Fulham. From those fixtures, he has earned 122 points - just over 30% of his 401 Premier League total have been amassed with the Eagles.

But Hodgson's record-setting game will not be an easy one, with the champions of England having won all of their last five matches in the competition. Alarmingly, the Citizens most recently dispatched Aston Villa 6-1, conceding their 1,000th Premier League goal via a last minute Anwar El Ghazi penalty.

Guardiola's men set a fearsome precedent with the Villa triumph, recording their 15th victory by a margin of five or more goals from 136 PL games under Pep Guardiola. They had won by such a margin in just 13 of their previous 734.

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But Palace will be encouraged by a number of factors, namely their iconic 3-2 win last season at the Etihad. That game saw the Eagles battle to be on the right side of a five-goal thriller with Andros Townsend's Puskas Award-nominated strike stealing the headlines that day.

Should the south Londoners claim all three points for consecutive matches in Manchester' blue half, they would become just the third team to win away against the reigning Premier League champions in back-to-back seasons. Liverpool first managed the feat in 2000/01-2001/02 and Tottenham Hotspur followed them up in 2016/17-2017/18.

Furthermore, Palace's own recent record in the league will inspire players and supporters alike: the Eagles have lost just one of their last nine matches despite being hamstrung by injury for much of that period.

And with City losing to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of December and in early October, there are signs that Guardiola's men are not impossible to overcome - and Palace themselves have proved that before.

Did you know?

Pep Guardiola will be the fifth City manager to take charge of a Premier League game on his birthday – none of the previous four have won: Brian Horton (1995), Joe Royle (2001), Mark Hughes (2010) and Roberto Mancini (2011 and 2012).

Tactical overview

Manchester City's tactical approach is much pored over - but it is clear that Palace will have to be watchful along their flanks defensively. With fullbacks Patrick van Aanholt and Joel Ward injured over the last few weeks, the Eagles will be under pressure in the wide areas with wingbacks João Cancelo and Benjamin Mendy likely to exploit any space left out wide.

Individual attacking threats come from Raheem Sterling (who has scored three from three home games against Palace) and Kevin De Bruyne, who is in form as it is and has been involved with eight goals in nine league appearances against the Eagles (two goals and six assists).

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Team news

Palace are still in the throes of an injury crisis and had six first-team players unavailable through injury and captain Luka Milivojevic absent through suspension against Arsenal. Hodgson has confirmed that Joel Ward is fit and able to play against City.

City, however, have no injury concerns bar Aymeric Laporte, who lacks match fitness, and Leroy Sane, who is continuing his recovery after suffering ligament damage in the Community Shield.

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Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the 2019/20 season for as little as £1 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

Fans can buy a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the City clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

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.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Report: Heroic performance from Palace earns a point at the Etihad

18 January 2020

That will go down as one of Roy Hodgson's side's greatest 90 minutes in his tenure so far with goals from Cenk Tosun and an own goal from Fernandinho either side of a Sergio Agüero brace earning the Eagles a well-deserved point.

In summary

  • Cenk Tosun handed first start and leads the Palace line
  • Kevin De Bruyne free-kick cannons off the bar
  • Tosun scores from corner on 40 minutes
  • Tosun had a goal ruled out for foul on Fernandinho
  • HT: 0-1
  • Tosun almost doubles lead with superb control and snapshot
  • VAR overturns ref’s decision to award penalty
  • Agüero late brace turns it around. 2-1 to City.
  • Zaha forces Fernandinho in to an own goal. 2-2
  • FT: 2-2

Crystal Palace knew what to expect from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side and setup accordingly with Roy Hodgson sending his charges out in well-drilled banks to deal with the intricate and patient build-up play of the Citizens.

And it was a first-half the Eagles could be proud of, with Palace – for the second game in a row at the Etihad Stadium – going in a goal up thanks to Tosun on his first start in the famous red and blue.

Gary Cahill won a towering header at the back post from a corner which found an unmarked Tosun who expertly headed past a helpless Ederson.

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If defenders care about assists then it’s the least Cahill deserved for his heroic first-half efforts. The centre-back summing up the resolute effort from Hodgson’s side with several last-ditch blocks and seemingly failing to not lose one aerial battle against the bombardment of crosses from City.

Palace limited Man City to only a couple of real chances with De Bruyne hammering the crossbar from a free-kick, before Vicente Guaita came out well moments later to bravely thwart Agüero’s attempted dink finish.

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It could’ve been even better for the Eagles had VAR ruled in favour of Wilfried Zaha over a penalty decision after the winger had looked to have left John Stones behind.

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The City pressure started from the off in the second-half, just like the first, and the equaliser for Guardiola’s side looked certain to arrive on 52 minutes. With the odds firmly stacked in Bernardo Silva’s favour, it seemed to be a case of just where the midfielder wanted to place his strike. However, Guaita exploded off his line and blocked a startled Silva, who was left scratching his head as to how Guaita had closed the space so quickly.

Palace weren’t going to just accept a second-half of being under relentless pressure and on 55 minutes Tosun came close to doubling his Palace tally in exquisite fashion. An excellent interception from Jaïro Riedewald set Ayew away on a driving counter-attack, which saw him play a neat one-two with Tosun before finding Zaha on the right.

Zaha dropped his shoulder to lose one City defender before clipping a perfectly weighted ball to find Tosun’s smart run between City’s two retreating defenders. The striker plucked the ball in impressive style from out of the air and fired a superb snapshot strike, which Ederson saved well.

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Guardiola threw on Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez as he looked to avoid back-to-back home defeats to Palace. And it looked like the Eagles’ efforts were going to fall just short in the 72nd minute when referee, Graham Scott, pointed to the spot for a handball on Jaïro Riedewald.

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VAR intervened and correctly overturned the penalty decision due to the fact Riedewald had played the ball with his foot first before the unfortunate ricochet on to his hand.

City did eventually break the resilience of the south Londoners with the fresh legs of Jesus finding Agüero sliding in at the back post.

Agüero then looked to have broken Palace’s hearts with an 87th minute winner to turn the game on its head. However, up stepped Zaha, as he has done on so many occasions during his Eagles career.

A mesmerising run that tormented and twisted John Stones all over the place saw Zaha’s resulting cross end up in the back of the City net thanks to a diversion from Fernandinho.

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That late leveller was no more than Palace deserved in another hugely impressive performance at the Etihad Stadium, the home of the reigning Premier League champions.

Palace: Guaita, Kelly, Cahill, Tomkins, Riedewald [Ward 87], McCarthy, Kouyaté, McArthur, Ayew, Zaha, Tosun [Wickham 81].

Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Dann, Woods, McGregor, Pierrick.

Manchester City: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy, De Bruyne, Gündogan, D.Silva [Jesus 61], B.Silva [Mahrez 73], Sterling [Rodri 87], Agüero.

Subs Not Used: Bravo, Walker, Otamendi, Foden.

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Ticket News

Palace fans sell-out Norwich and Manchester City away matches

24 December 2019

Palace have sold out their away ticket allocation for the New Year's Day trip to Carrow Road to face Norwich City and their trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City.

There is a waiting list in operation for the City clash, which can be joined by clicking here, by calling 0871 200 0071 or by visiting the Box Office at Selhurst Park.

Your next and best chance to catch Palace in the New Year is with our reduced-price tickets for the FA Cup clash with Derby County. Grab yours here!

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