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19 October 2019 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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Palace Preview: Hodgson's Eagles prepare for Pep’s champions

18 October 2019

Roy Hodgson’s men welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to Selhurst Park for Saturday’s early evening kick-off, a game which will be broadcast around the world.

Guardiola’s side sit second in the table after eight games, but are eight points adrift of leaders Liverpool.  Palace sit just two points behind City in sixth position after an impressive start to the season, but this fixture is the first of a straight run of five against the sides directly above them.

Whilst the visitors may be favourites on paper, Palace will be buoyed by last season’s extraordinary 2-3 win at the Etihad over the eventual champions, a match that will be etched in club history thanks in part to Andros Townsend’s wonder strike. 

Palace may take heart from not only their own form, but the relative inconsistency of the visitors too. The south Londoners have lost only two of their last 12 matches in the top-flight (W7 D3 L2), with neither of those defeats coming at Selhurst Park.

In fact, the Eagles are unbeaten in their last six home league games, winning three and drawing three since the 1-3 defeat to City in April, which included a brace for England star Raheem Sterling.

Alarmingly, the Citizens have won 10 of their last 11 away games in the Premier League. The only stain on that otherwise faultless record came against newly-promoted Norwich City, who join Wolverhampton Wanderers as surprise victors against the Sky Blues this season.

Did you know?

Palace have won 44 points in 2019; only City (67), Liverpool (67) and Arsenal (47) have picked up more in the Premier League this calendar year.

Sergio Agüero has not scored in SE25 on six occasions; only at Anfield has he suffered more goalless matches.

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Tactical overview

Hodgson’s only major headache will be the availability of Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins, who have performed so brilliantly for the manager in recent seasons. 

However, Martin Kelly and Gary Cahill have both filled that central gap admirably in recent weeks, contributing to three clean sheets in the seven league games already this term in front of the unflappable Vicente Guaita.   

Elsewhere, the midfield has been relatively settled – with the only noticeable change in recent weeks being James McCarthy stepping in seamlessly for the suspended captain Luka Milivojevic, who is likely to be redeployed in the centre of the park.

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Jordan Ayew has been leading the line as a sole front-man, with support from Wilfried Zaha, who will be fresh from a dominant display for the Ivory Coast during the international break. 

Andros Townsend has been utilised as fresh legs from the bench, with pleasing results.

Predicting City’s starting line-up is typically a fruitless exercise, such is the luxury of Guardiola’s options in a squad packed full of international talent.  Given recent wobbles at home to Wolves and away to Norwich, it is highly likely that Sergio Agüero will start, and if fit – Kevin de Bruyne is a certainty. 

Then take your pick of Sterling, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez – the club’s most recent Player of the Month - in supporting midfield roles.

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At the back, Kyle Walker and one of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Benjamin Mendy or João Cancelo are likely to occupy wide positions, whilst Fernandinho and Nicolás Otamendi are likely to be vying for central starting berths, in front of keeper Ederson.

Team news

Roy Hodgson has said that only Sakho and Connor Wickham are unavailable for the match with City, saying 'a couple of players' will need assessing pre-match.

Guardiola meanwhile will be monitoring the fitness of De Bruyne, Mendy, Stones and talisman Aguero.

How to follow

Palace Audio

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Fans can buy a Season Pass for £38, 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 line-ups 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: Palace fall to dominant City

19 October 2019

A City brace five minutes before the end of the first half was enough to secure three points for the champions at Selhurst Park.

Summary

  • Team news: Hennessey and Tomkins replaced the injured Guaita and Kelly; Milivojevic returned in place of McCarthy, having completed one-match suspension.
  • Palace soak up swathes of City pressure in first half, before the visitors strike twice in 93 seconds, five minutes before the break.
  • Gabriel Jesus opened City’s account with a diving header from a Bernardo Silva cross
  • David Silva clinically drilled past Hennessey a minute later, assisted by a delightful Raheem Sterling chip.
  • Sterling hits post on 51 minutes.
  • Benteke's excellent header saved by Ederson onto the bar in 75th, within seconds of the Belgian frontman being introduced.
  • De Bruyne strikes the upright in 80th minute.
  • Full-time: Crystal Palace 0 – 2 Manchester City.

The south London stadium was bathed in crisp autumnal sunshine as Luka Milivojevic led his Palace side onto the pitch, holding his son’s hand, alongside City counterpart David Silva and his reigning champions.  Together, they conducted the pre-match commitments, today highlighting the Premier League’s timely No Room for Racism campaign. 

The Holmesdale was in full voice, unveiling a vast banner to herald Joel Ward’s contribution to the club - having clocked up 200 league appearances for the Eagles last time out. Beneath the homage to the veteran full-back, an additional banner read: "One club, together in battle".

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The first thirty minutes was spent with the home side camped largely in their Holmesdale half, as City - dressed in an almost luminous yellow and orange kit - relentlessly swarmed the Palace goalmouth with cross after cross from chief protagonist De Bruyne down the right flank, targeting Gabriel Jesus. Wayne Hennessey – deputising for the injured Vicente Guaita - kept them at bay, pawing away several dangerous balls threatening his six-yard box.

Fresh from serving a one-match suspension, Palace captain Milivojevic went into the referee’s book in the 12th minute for a late challenge on Jesus, as Palace’s midfield struggled to contain City’s roaming forwards.

Chances for the home side were limited to two long range free kicks– a Van Aanholt dink into the box, and a Milivojevic strike - neither of which reached Ederson.

But the damage was done in a flash. City stung twice in as many minutes, with six minutes left to play in the first half. Jesus’ diving header went in off the post, from a perfectly flighed Bernardo Silva cross. Ninety-three seconds later, David Silva coolly volleyed the ball, connecting to a delightful Raheem Sterling chip into the box. Selhurst in shock.

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Tensions were raised early after the break as Ward and Sterling were involved in an uncharacteristic exchange of words and shoves, with the latter receiving a yellow.

Then, Kouyate’s strike over Ederson’s bar from distance, after a neat one-two with James McCarthur, lifted spirits in the stands.

Sterling soon rattled the woodwork from sixteen yards, and came close again moments later. With a third of the game left, a penalty claim from De Bruyne against Zaha was waved away by the referee, and ratified by a VAR check.  

Hennessey made two fine saves from fizzing strikes from Jesus and Bernardo Silva. With the game at risk of slipping away, Palace began piling on the pressure with 15 minutes left, with Van Aanholt instrumental in several chances for the home side over a relentless four minute spell. First a cross from the left-back was nearly met by an advancing McCarthur, but Ederson did well to punch clear. Then, the Dutchman swung in a pinpoint corner which was met by the powerful head of Benteke, who had been introduced seconds before. The Belgian’s towering header was deflected onto the bar from Ederson, in what felt like a crucial moment to potentially swing the game back into life.

It was not to be, as City once again struck the woodwork – this time, from the glancing head of De Bruyne. Zaha went close in the dying minutes, but Ederson was impassable.

Despite Palace's significant improvement in the second-half, City leave London fully deserving of the three points.

 

Palace: Hennessey (GK), Ward, Van Aanholt, Cahill, Tomkins (Dann '82), Milivojevic (captain; Benteke ‘75), Kouyaté, Schlupp (Townsend, '54), McArthur, Zaha, Ayew.

Subs: Henderson (GK), Meyer, McCarthy, Riedewald.

City: Ederson (GK), Gündogan, Mendy, Cancelo, Fernandinho, Rodrigo, Sterling, De Bruyne, B.Silva, D.Silva (captain; Stones, '78), Jesus.

Subs: Bravo (GK), Agüero, Angeliño, Mahrez, Foden, García.

 

 

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Ticket News

How to watch sold out Man City game in person

10 October 2019

Tickets for Crystal Palace's upcoming Premier League games with Manchester City and Chelsea have sold out, but Premium Matchday experiences are still available for the fixture with the Citizens.

For the clash with the Blues on 9th November (12:30pm kick-off), the club will be operating a waiting list and this can be joined by clicking here.

To watch the Eagles take on City on 19th October (17:30 kick-off) and attempt to stun the Citizens as they did last December, you can book spaces in our stunning Premium lounges.

In the finest matchday experience available, you can watch Palace from the best seats in Selhurst Park with fine food and drink amongst the ambience of our exclusive lounges.

To buy your Premium Matchday experience, click here now.

And for tickets in our upcoming games, both home and away, click here instead!

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