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Preview: Crystal Palace v Manchester City

27 January 2017


INTRO
It's Emirates FA Cup action for Palace this weekend, with Manchester City visiting Selhurst Park for this Fourth Round tie between two Premier League sides.

The Eagles were taken to a replay against Bolton Wanderers in the last round before winning 2-1 at home - thanks to a second half Christian Benteke brace. City, meanwhile, put five past top flight opposition at the first time of asking in the previous round, destroying West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Outside of that big win in east London, City's form has been up and down in 2017. They opened the year with a narrow 2-1 win at home to Burnley, beat the Hammers and then fell 4-0 to Everton before a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur. Palace's only victory, however, has been that Cup replay triumph over the Trotters.

OPPOSITION VIEW

Pep Guardiola: “It was a really tough game [last time]. It was one of the worst games that we played this season but we won and when that happens everything is perfect, but we didn't play good. 

“We expect a tough game in the FA Cup. Every game is complicated, so it will be tough - the stadium, Palace’s situation, because it’s away."

TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Sam Allardyce has revealed that captain Scott Dann is a doubt as he undergoes fitness tests, whilst Julian Speroni has tweaked his knee and will likely miss out.

Fraizer Campbell returns and long-time absentee Steve Mandanda is back in training, but Pape Souare, Connor Wickham and Jonathan Benteke remain out.

Manchester City: Ilkay Gundogan is the only big miss for the visitors, as a knee injury looks to keep the German midfielder out for the foreseeable.

"Kompany is fit,” Guardiola said. “We will see tomorrow but he’s fit, he's ready.

"Last game he was on the bench which means he’s fit otherwise he would not have been there. When they are on the bench it’s because they can start.

“Gabriel is fit, not injured. He’s already three weeks with us. He is fit and in shape. We will see tomorrow [who will play].”

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Palace wins
Draws
City wins
League131224
League Cup102
FA Cup102
Total151228

STATS
This will be the fourth time Crystal Palace and Manchester City have met in the FA Cup. The Eagles won in Round 1 in 1921, but were beaten by the Citizens in 1926 (11-4) and 4-0 in 1981.

Manchester City have progressed from 10 of their last 12 ties in the Fourth Round, losing only to Sheffield United in 2007/08 and Middlesbrough in 2014/15.

Palace have progressed from three of their last four FA Cup fourth round games, ending up as runners-up last season.

The Citizens have won 11 of their last 12 meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions, losing the other in April 2015.

Christian Benteke scored twice in the third round replay against Bolton, as many FA Cup goals as he had in his previous 10 games in the tournament.

City's last four FA Cup matches have seen 18 goals scored at an average of 4.5 per game (13 goals for, five conceded).

Man City have alternated between a win and a defeat in each of their last six away games in all competitions. The Citizens lost last time out against Everton.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Michael Jones
Assistants: M McDonough & A Halliday
Fourth Official: A Davies

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

19th November 2016
Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester City
Premier League

Yaya Toure returned to action for City at Selhurst Park and had an immediate effect, scoring a brace to sink the Eagles either side of a powerful Connor Wickham effort.

The Ivorian's late winner moved them up to second in the Premier League and left Palace sitting precariously above the relegation zone, safe by a point.

TICKETS
Tickets are still available for the game. CLICK HERE for more info.

LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game 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 - APPLE / GOOGLE PLAY

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