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Preview: Crystal Palace v Manchester City

18 November 2016


INTRO
Palace will be looking to correct the recent dip in form with a big performance against Pep Guardiola's side, having surrendered a hard-fought point away to Burnley in the last game before the international break.

The defeat at Turf Moor means it's four straight losses for the Eagles and no wins in the last five Premier League outings. City, meanwhile, are unbeaten in four - though three of those have been draws at home to Everton, Southampton and Middlesbrough. One win in their last five constitutes City's worst run of the season so far, though they still find themselves third in the table after their explosive start to the campaign, winning their opening six league fixtures.

It's been City who have come out on top in most of the meetings between them and the Eagles in recent times, with them winning seven of the previous eight meetings in all competitions.

OPPOSITION VIEW


Pep Guardiola: "We didn’t win three games at home and we lost three points. But i try to be optimistic. I have a lot of confidence in my team.

"We create enough to win the games and concede few. But we need to improve to find the right way to win these kinds of games.

"It will be tough [against Palace]. A coach with a lot of experience in England. They are fast, one against one. We know the situation."

TEAM NEWS


Palace: The Eagles will be without goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who sustained a knee injury on international duty with France. Alan Pardew admitted the club were still waiting on a complete assessment of the injury and said that while it didn't appear serious it would keep the 31-year-old out of the City game at least.

Joe Ledley is another who could miss out, though the Welshman's chances are better than Mandanda's. Ledley also sustained an injury on international duty, leaving Pardew "sweating on" his availability for Saturday.

Bakary Sako could feature, whilst Chung-yong Lee should overcome a slight knock and be available. Long-term absentees Loic Remy and Pape Souare remain out of action.

City: The visitors could receive a triple boost on the injury front, with Vincent Kompany, Bacary Sagna and Fernando all in line for a return.

Fabian Delph remains their only longer-term injury.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Palace wins
DrawsCity wins
League
131223
League Cup
1
02
FA Cup
1
0
2
Total
15
12
27

STATS
Crystal Palace have lost seven of their last eight Premier League matches against Manchester City, winning the other in April 2015.

Man City have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six PL fixtures against the Eagles.

No side has Connor Wickham scored more often against in the top flight than Man City (three goals, level with Stoke City).

David Silva has found the net three times in his last three Premier League matches against Crystal Palace.

OFFICIALS


Bobby Madley has taken charge of nine Premier League games this campaign, handing out 42 yellows cards and awarding four penalties. He's yet to take charge of a Palace game this term and was last in action for Chelsea's 5-0 annihilation of Everton before the international break.

Referee: Bobby Madley
Assistants: M McDonough, M Perry
Fourth official: A Davies

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK


14th September 2015
Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester City
Premier League

A top of the table clash saw second-placed Palace host table-topping City last time these two sides met in SE25. 

The Eagles gave a good account of themselves, but a Kelechi Iheanacho winner in the dying seconds gifted the visitors a 1-0 win.

TICKETS
A very limited number of severely restricted view tickets remain. CLICK HERE for more info.

LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at Turf Moor 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, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our new official app - click here for more information.

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