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17 January 2021 Venue Etihad Stadium Attendance

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Palace Preview: In-form Man City provide stern test for Eagles

15 January 2021

Crystal Palace will look to make it three games unbeaten at the Etihad Stadium as they travel to Manchester City on Sunday, 17th January (19:15 GMT).

It will be no easy task against a Manchester City side in fantastic form, on a run of seven straight victories in all competitions. In that time, City have conceded just twice while scoring 16 times.

Indeed, since a 1-0 victory over Olympiakos in November, Pep Guardiola’s side has kept 11 clean sheets in 14 games. 

Roy Hodgson is aware it's a defensive record that can be daunting to opponents: “Victories where they’re not conceding goals or conceding many goal chances – that’s always a worry for an opponent like ourselves,” he said in his pre-match press conference.

“If they’re not conceding goals, they’re always likely to score with the quality of the players they have to choose from.”

However, after a hard-fought draw at against Arsenal on Thursday, Palace have recorded back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since last season, and will arrive in Manchester on a three-game unbeaten league run.

Despite their recent resurgence, this is City’s slowest start to a Premier League season in the past 10 years – and that’s not the only recent record that can give the Eagles encouragement. Palace are unbeaten in the last two visits to Eastlands, with both matches providing goals and drama.

In January 2020 the Eagles took an early lead but were pegged back by two late Sergio Aguero goals – only for a Fernandinho own goal to rescue a point for Palace in added time.

But perhaps the match that sticks in the memory more than any in recent years is the meeting of December 2018 – and THAT goal.

After Jeffrey Schlupp’s equaliser cancelled out Ilkay Gundogan’s opening goal, the ball fell to Andros Townsend a full 30-yards out. The Palace man unleashed a spectacular left-footed volley into the top corner to leave the Etihad – and the Premier League – stunned.

The goal was eventually nominated for the prestigious Puskas Award, denoting the best goals scored anywhere in the world that year, and Roy Hodgson recently named the win as his favourite as Palace manager.

Match details

  • Sunday, 17th January
  • 19:15 GMT
  • Etihad Stadium
  • Sky Sports

Tactical overview

Despite their enormous attacking talent, City’s goalscoring record is not a world apart from Palace’s this season. However, despite scoring just three more goals in the league, their chance creation is exceptional.

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Using the expected goals metric (xG) which calculates how many goals a team is expected to score based on the quality of their chances, City’s creativity becomes clear. With an xG of 27.4, their tally of goals is fewer than their attacking endeavour suggests.

In the meantime, Palace’s 22 goals come from an xG of just 17.9, indicating that once again Palace’s finishing could be crucial.

Raheem Sterling will be looking to add to his tally against the Eagles, scoring five in his previous eight meetings.

Did you know?

Palace are looking to become the first team to win away against both Manchester clubs (City and United) in a single league season since Liverpool in 2008/09. The last London club to do so in the top-flight were Arsenal in 1990/91.

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The home team hasn’t won any of the last five league matches between Man City and Palace (D2 L3) since a 5-0 win for City at the Etihad in September 2017.

Man City haven’t won any of their last two home league matches against Palace (D1 L1). In Pep Guardiola’s league managerial career, he has never failed to win in three consecutive home matches against an opponent.

Team news

Manchester City will be without Sergio Aguero, who is self-isolating after coming into contact with an individual who tested positive for coronavirus. Eric Garcia has completed his period of self-isolation and could be available.

Fellow defenders Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte are both major doubts, after missing the game against Brighton with muscular and hamstring problems respectively.

Palace will be without Mamadou Sakho after his injury against Wolves, whilst Jeffrey Schlupp continues to be assessed over a muscular injury.

After returning to the matchday squad against Arsenal, Gary Cahill is fit to play, while Scott Dann has also resumed full training after a period on the sidelines.

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How to follow

On TV

Manchester City v Palace will be shown live in the UK via Sky Sports. Full details can be found here.

Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the 2020/21 season for just £1.49 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

Fans can buy 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 all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, eye catching photos and more.

Our club website, cpfc.co.uk, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

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.

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Match Reports

Report: Stones' brace condemns Palace to defeat

17 January 2021

Palace fell to their first league defeat of 2021 against Manchester City, as John Stones’ scored twice in a game defined by moments of exceptional attacking quality.

Summary:

  • Man City gain early control of the ball, with Palace’s attacking efforts spearheaded by Jordan Ayew’s hard work up front.
  • Kevin De Bruyne’s excellent cross is met by John Stones, who heads in from close range.
  • James Tomkins’ last ditch efforts prevent Gabriel Jesus’ header from troubling Vicente Guaita.
  • HT: Man City 1-0 Palace
  • Ilkay Gundogan doubles the hosts’ lead with a superb curling strike into the top corner.
  • Stones fires in after Ruben Dias’ header is saved.
  • Raheem Sterling fires in a free-kick from the edge of the area to make it four.
  • FT: Man City 4-0 Palace

As expected City controlled possession early on, but struggled to break down a disciplined Palace midfield. Two early corners came to nothing, and Jordan Ayew was working hard to hold the ball up in attack and allow his teammates to come forwards.

With numbers in midfield Palace were able to put pressure on the ball, with Luka Milivojevic and Andros Townsend combining well to win back possession high up the pitch; the latter’s cross couldn’t find Eberechi Eze at the far post.

City attacking intent was clear to see, and a it took a series of brave interventions to protect Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal. Jinking inside from a corner, Raheem Sterling’s shot was blocked, as were the follow-ups from Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.

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Palace had bodies back in numbers and were grateful for the returning Gary Cahill in getting the ball away.  

City took the lead midway through the half, and it took the vision of De Bruyne to unpick a resilient Palace backline.

Finding space on the right-hand side, the Belgian’s outside-of-the-foot cross was perfectly measured for John Stones, who headed past Guaita from close range. The defender’s header was well placed, but it was a goal made possible by the brilliance of the assist.

Palace responded well, and came forward with Ayew on the edge of the area. In space, he attempted to lay-off for McArthur rather than shoot; the Scot went down under pressure as the ball was intercepted, but there were no real appeals for a penalty.

The hosts continued to pour forwards. Clipping the ball over Tyrick Mitchell, Bernardo Silva found Gundogan, whose header almost fell for Gabriel Jesus six yards out, but James Tomkins did enough to put the Brazilian off at the crucial moment.

In the second-half City continued to press high, as Palace saw more of the ball but struggled to sustain an attack going forwards.

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Soon, City doubled their lead, and much like the first it was a goal borne of exquisite quality. Picking up the ball on the edge of the box, Gundogan evaded a challenge and curled the ball into the top corner – Guaita was left helpless by the accuracy of the strike.

De Bruyne was on sensational form and continued to dictate the hosts’ attacking efforts, finding Sterling with an excellent through ball. It took a well-timed sliding tackle from Milivojevic to force the ball behind.

Ruben Dias met the resultant corner at full pelt, his downward header pushed away by Guaita, but Stones was on hand once again to turn it home for his second, and City’s third.

Despite City’s possession Ayew continued to work hard in attack, latching onto a Fernandinho mistake and advancing on Ederson’s goal, but the Brazilian recovered to make a challenge, and the referee was unmoved by appeals for a penalty.

With two minutes to go Sterling made it four, and once again it was a finish which gave Guaita no chance in the Palace goal. Lining up a free-kick on the edge of the area, Sterling’s right-footed effort hit the very spot Gundogan’s effort had found earlier, nestling in the top corner.

It was a deserved win for in-form Manchester City, ending Palace's three game league unbeaten run.

Man City: Ederson (GK), Walker, Dias, Stones, Sterling, Gundogan (Torres, 71), Jesus, Zinchenko, De Bruyne (Cancelo, 71), Silva (Foden, 60), Fernandinho.

Subs not used: Steffen (GK), Rodri, Mendy, Mahrez, Delap, Doyle.

Palace: Guaita (GK), Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Mitchell, Townsend (Batshuayi, 79) McCarthy, Milivojevic (Riedewald, 69), McArthur, Eze, Ayew.

Subs not used: Butland (GK), Clyne, Van Aanholt, Dann, Benteke.

 

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