Palace travel up to face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, having comfortably beaten Charlton Athletic at Selhurst Park in the last round.
Despite performing well in the Cup, the Eagles' most recent performances in the Premier League have seen them lose back-to-back games against West Ham United and Leicester City, whilst City drew with Manchester United over the weekend.
Both managers will likely select strong sides as - due to the number of Premier League teams dumped out of the competition last night - there is a real chance of the victor making the final.
Manuel Pellegrini: "We’ll always go for the win. We have different ways to play, it depends on the players we pick.
"This team doesn’t have a problem changing systems because we don’t just have one system. I think we showed in a lot of games last season that we didn’t play with a striker and in others we only had one or even two. I don’t think it’s down to the tactical system you play. It depends on the performance of the players.
"Our intention is to play in the way we do every game here and in most matches. That’s why we are the highest scoring team. I hope on Wednesday we will return to our normal performance.”
Crystal Palace: The Eagles could still be without Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh, who were not included in the squad that travelled to Leicester City at the weekend, whilst Damien Delaney could feature in some capacity.
Joel Ward is close to a return, but whether he is risked mid-week ahead of Manchester United at the weekend remains to be seen. Dwight Gayle returns from his one-game suspension.
Manchester City: Pellegrini's side will still be missing David Silva and Sergio Aguero, who have missed out recently through injury. That means that Kelechi Iheanacho - the scorer of City's winner at Selhurst earlier this season - could start for the home side, allowing Wilfried Bony a chance to rest.
Fernandinho is suspended and Samir Nasri is not yet match-fit.
Palace have not won at Manchester City since 1990 (2-0, 22nd December).
When the two sides met at Selhurst Park last month, City had twice as many shots on goal as Palace (16 to 8), but they were more even when it came to attempted crosses (Palace 17, City 18).
The last draw between these two teams came in March 2000, when both scored once at Selhurst Park.
Palace and City have met each other twice in the League Cup before, both winning once.
Paul Tierney has largely been in charge of Football League games so far this season, handing out 45 yellows and one red over 15 matches.
Referee: P Tierney
Assistants: D Bryan, A Garratt
Fourth Official: J Simpson
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LAST MEETING AT THE ETIHAD
20th December 2014
Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace
City ran out 3-0 victors against Neil Warnock's Palace in December 2014. Mercurial midfielder David Silva netted twice and Yaya Toure added a late third, as Manuel Pellegrini's side proved to be too much for the struggling Eagles.
James McArthur wrongfully had a header disallowed for offside in the second half with the score at 2-0.
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