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Preview: Crystal Palace v Manchester City

11 September 2015


INTRO
It's first v second in the Premier League on Saturday when Palace host table-toppers Manchester City. This quirk has occurred 35 times in Premier League history and there is nothing to separate sides when this happens, with 14 wins apiece.

City have enjoyed a perfect start to the season having won all four of their league outings so far, scoring 10 goals and conceding none in the process, and have overhauled a squad that finished second last season by bringing in Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Nicolas Otamendi for vast sums.

Having just beaten the reigning champions Chelsea, Palace will be buoyed by that result at Stamford Bridge and beat City for the first time in six Premier League meetings back in April, when they were also the current holders of the trophy. 

The Eagles are one of the most in-form sides in the country, having won five of their last six league games, and so will provide a stern test as they aim to go joint top of the league come Saturday night.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Manuel Pellegrini: "I had particular meetings with a lot of players [in the summer] and I think they are the first to criticise themselves because they know how they can play.

"I'm sure that none of them -- not only the players who were more criticised last season, like Vincent [Kompany], Fernandinho, Yaya [Toure] -- all the players know that they weren't in their best performance.

"And that's why it was important to try and start the season trying to give another face, show another attitude, especially against these kind of teams, teams that are promoted, or last season teams that were relegated and we lost so many points [against]."


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Yohan Cabaye limped off after 71 minutes of France's friendly against Portugal last week with a pelvic injury but that was precautionary and is set to be OK for this game, but Joel Ward has picked up an injury in training and will be out for three to four weeks.

Mile Jedinak is nearly fully fit after picking up a hamstring injury against Shrewsbury Town last month, and Julian Speroni made his comeback from a finger injury in Monday's development game against Huddersfield Town and is back in contention.

Patrick Bamford is available again after being ineligible for the Chelsea game, leaving Marouane Chamkah as Palace's only other concern with a hamstring injury.

Manchester City: £55 million man De Bruyne is set to make his debut for City, having previously played in the Premier League for Chelsea.

Like Cabaye, Bacary Sagna also got injured representing France during the international break and is a major worry for Pellegrini, with Pablo Zabaleta also missing until the end of the month. His right-back options stretch to new man Otamendi, who is more of a centre-back, or untested youngster Aleix Serrano.

Fabian Delph picked up a hamstring injury after just nine seconds of England's win against Switzerland on Tuesday and is out, while Fernandinho faces a race against time to return from action in Brazil.

Wilfried Bony has recovered from a cut to his ankle but Fernando is out.


STATS
Under Alan Pardew, Palace have averaged 2.4 points away from home in the Premier League but only 1.3 per match at Selhurst Park.

Manchester City have now won four away league matches in a row. They last won five in a row in 1912.

The Citizens have won 10 top-flight matches in a row, a streak only five sides can better and are now just four off the Premier League record held by Arsenal (14, reached in August 2002).

Yaya Toure has found the back of the net in each of City's last three league matches against the Eagles.


OFFICIALS

This game will see Mike Jones take charge of the sides, returning to Selhurst Park for the first time since Palace's 2-0 win against Cardiff City in December 2013. Last season he officiated Palace twice - the away draws at Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers - and has issued one red card this season from his three top-flight outings.

Referee: M Jones
Assistants: R West and A Nunn
Fourth Official: R East


HEAD-TO-HEAD
Palace winsDrawsMan City wins
League131221
FA Cup102
League Cup101
Total151224


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

6th April 2015
Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City
Premier League

Reigning champions Manchester City's hopes of retaining their title suffered another huge blow with defeat at Selhurst Park.

Glenn Murray put Crystal Palace ahead with a tap-in from close range before Jason Puncheon fired in a brilliant free-kick from the edge of the box.

Yaya Toure's fierce strike pulled a goal back for fourth-placed City but Palace held on to move up to 11th.


TICKETS
Tickets for this game are now SOLD OUT.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. Click here to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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