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PREVIEW: Crystal Palace v Manchester City

27 April 2014


ABOUT
Palace go into the game against Manchester City this weekend in high spirits after the 1-0 victory against West Ham United equalled the club’s record of five successive top flight wins. 

Last Saturday’s win at the Boleyn Ground also secured the Eagles’ Barclays Premier League future for another season – and they now have a top half finish in their sights. 

Meanwhile, Manchester City travel to south London off the back of a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion, which kept their title hopes alive. 

Manuel Pellegrini’s men need another victory to keep up the pressure on league leaders Liverpool, who host Chelsea earlier on Sunday afternoon.

The Citizens are in slightly patchy form though, having only won two of their last five games – and the pressure is all on them this weekend to ensure they don’t make another slip up. 

TEAM NEWS
Crystal Palace: Marouane Chamakh missed last weekend’s victory at West Ham United and is touch-and-go to make the Palace 18 against Manchester City.  

Other than that, Tony Pulis has no new injury concerns as he bids to mastermind another Selhurst Park upset.

Manchester City: Playmaker David Silva is likely to miss Sunday’s game after an ankle injury forced him off on a stretcher in Monday night’s victory over West Brom. The Spaniard had a scan on the injury earlier this week.  

Top scorer Yaya Toure has missed the last fortnight through injury, but he is in contention to provide a real boost to the Citizens’ ranks by returning this weekend.

Jesus Navas and Matija Nastasic are both ruled out though through ankle and knee injuries receptively. 

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Howard Webb
Assistants: M Mullarkey and G Beswick
Fourth Official: J Moss

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Palace winsDrawsMan City wins
League121219
FA Cup102
League Cup101
Total141222

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK
The teams last met at Selhurst Park in the League Cup at the start of the 2009/10 season, which of course saw Palace avoid relegation to League One on the final day of the season at Sheffield Wednesday. 

The Eagles overcame Torquay United in the first round to set up this clash against cash-rich City, who were then managed by Mark Hughes. 

But Palace held firm in the first half, holding a Citizens side containing the likes of Robinho, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gareth Barry, Kolo Toure and Micah Richards to a goalless first half.

But after the interval, goals from two more of their star men, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Carlos Tevez, saw City progress comfortably into the third round draw.  

TICKET NEWS
A limited number of tickets still remain on sale for this game to season ticket holders and members. 

Contact the box office on 08710 200 0071 or CLICK HERE to book your seats online. 

BETTING 
Palace: 13/2
Draw: 15/4
Manchester City: 2/5
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LIVE COVERAGE
Commentary from all 90 minutes at Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up to our award-winning service.

Alternatively, you can follow live text updates from the match on the club’s official Twitter account, @Official_CPFC, or via #EaglesFeed


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