Palace host high-flying Manchester City at midday on New Year’s Eve, looking to bounce back from Thursday night’s narrow defeat at home to Arsenal to end 2017 on a high and to halt the Citizens’ rampant run.
City sit at the top of the table, 15 points clear of arch-rivals Manchester United, whilst the Eagles currently reside outside the drop zone in 16th place.
City eye a European record
Pep Guardiola’s side have won 18 consecutive Premier League games and are one shy of equalling the 19-match record set by the Catalan at Bayern Munich. They have only dropped points on one occasion in the league this term, drawing with Everton back in August, scoring 61 goals in their 20 top flight games so far.
Three of the Premier League’s top 10 goalscorers are City players (Sterling 13, Aguero 12 and Jesus 8), whilst the top three assist providers are all Blues (De Bruyne 9, Silva 8 and Sane 8).
View from the opposition
Pep Guardiola: "As a manager I have to adapt. In these 18 games, we have played teams who high press, low press, attack us. Any manager and team can play how they want. And you have to find a way to beat them.
"I see the schedule in my office. January is tough, with Carabao Cup and Premier League games, FA Cup. It will be tough. The best way is to analyse and speak to the doctors. All we can do is think about Palace."
Crystal Palace: Roy Hodgson noted that the Palace squad could be carrying a few knocks following the Arsenal game and due to the intense festive fixtures, but he wouldn’t know the extent until nearer to kick off New Year’s Eve.
Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham remain out.
Manchester City: John Stones, Vincent Kompany and Phil Foden are all out, whilst Fabian Delph is a doubt. Long-term absentee Benjamin Menday remains out with a knee ligament injury.
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Eddie Smart, Andy Halliday
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell
Only Jason Puncheon (32) and Chris Armstrong (31) have been directly involved in more Premier League goals for Palace than Wilfried Zaha (30).
The Citizens have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last nine Premier League games against Crystal Palace.
Manchester City haven’t ended a calendar year with a victory in the Premier League since 2013 – they lost 0-1 at Liverpool in 2016, drew 0-0 away at Leicester in 2015 and drew 2-2 at home to Burnley in 2014.
After a run of scoring 14 goals in 13 Premier League games against London teams, Sergio Aguero has netted just four in his last 12, failing to score on eight occasions in this run.
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