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Pardew: Momentum Will Be Key

11 September 2015

Eagles manager Alan Pardew has previewed the visit of Premier League table-toppers Manchester City's visit to Selhurst Park tomorrow, discussing the effect the international break could have on both sides, given their strong starts to the campaign.

During his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon, Pardew was asked whether there were similarities between the side in first place and his Palace team, which currently sits second in the table.

"I think we're good to watch," he said on the suggestion that Saturday will be the league's two most exciting sides facing off. 

"We're different to Manchester City. We have more counter-attacks than them. They tend to retain the ball sufficiently, they can dominate possession and how many times we can unlock the door on our breakaways will be the key."

Despite Palace's reputation as a counter-attacking side, the manager did note that the Eagles controlled portions of the play at Stamford Bridge in the 2-1 win over reigning champions Chelsea at the end of August, suggesting that he may try to take the game to City at Selhurst Park.

"We had a good share [of the ball] at Chelsea, we used it very well," he said. "We'll need to do that against Manchester City on Saturday because they're in very, very good form."

Both City and Palace go into the game in fantastic form, with the visitors yet to drop points or concede a goal in their opening four league games, whilst the Eagles have only failed to win one of their opening four fixtures, suffering a narrow home defeat to Arsenal.

The manager acknowledged that the international break could have arrived at a bad time for both sides, disrupting the momentum that had built throughout the first month of the campaign, but he said that City's potential loss of momentum could play into Palace's hands.

"I don't really know if it's been helpful to us, but Manchester City may have lost a little bit of momentum, because they were really looking strong before that international break," he said. "It will be two teams looking to find the form they had two weeks ago. But there's been a few miles in between!"

The manager's full pre-match press conference is now available to watch for free at

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