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Preview: Manchester City v Crystal Palace

4 May 2017


INTRO

Palace's first of two trips to Manchester this month sees them head to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City in an early Saturday afternoon kick-off, aiming to get the result that could clinch their Premier League safety this weekend.

However, history shows it'll be a tough ask as they have beaten City only once in their last nine meetings, and have lost all four of their previous trips to the venue since the switch from Maine Road, with Darren Powell scoring their only Premier League goal at the ground back in 2005.

Despite this, Palace will be buoyed having beaten Chelsea and Liverpool away from home last month, and indeed they have claimed more points than City over the past 10 games.

Pep Guardiola though will be hoping to pick up a big win to help strengthen his team's chances of making it into the Champions League next season, and currently occupy fourth place, just three points behind Liverpool in third after drawing 2-2 at Middlesbrough on Sunday.

OPPOSITION VIEW



Pep Guardiola: "It will be tight until the last game in London against Watford. We have three games at home now. All the games are tough. We knew that, we could not forget about the position of Middlesbrough.

“They are fighting to survive to stay in the Premier League and these are the most difficult teams to face.

“Now we have three games at home - Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Brom - and those games will decide whether we deserve to be in the Champions League next season or not.”

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City: Sergio Aguero could be missing for City as he suffered a groin injury against Middlesbrough last weekend, and has undergone scans.

David Silva and John Stones are doubts after sitting out the Boro game through injury, while Fabian Delph may also be out after picking up a knock in that match.

Ilkay Gundogan's long-term knee injury means he definitely misses out, as does Claudio Bravo due to a calf strain.

Palace: Palace trio of centre-backs in Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Scott Dann will all be unable to feature in this game, while there are doubts over Yohan Cabaye who was absent for last weekend's loss to Burnley.

Long-term injury victims Connor Wickham and Pape Souare remain out.


HEAD TO HEAD
Man City winsDrawsPalace wins
League241213
FA Cup301
League Cup201
Total291215


STATS
Manchester City have won eight of their last nine Premier League games against Crystal Palace (L1), with their only defeat in this run coming in April 2015.

Palace haven’t kept a clean sheet against City in the Premier League since May 1993 under Steve Coppell, conceding in all 11 meetings since.

The Citizens are unbeaten in six home games against Palace in the Premier League (W4 D2), winning all four games at the Etihad; while they are unbeaten at home in 11 in all competitions, dating back to 1991.

Manchester City have lost two of their last three home Premier League games in the early Saturday kick-off slot – 1-3 vs Leicester last season and 1-3 vs Chelsea in December.

Palace could become only the fourth team to win away at each of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in a Premier League season.

Sergio Aguero has scored in seven of his last eight appearances in all competitions for City.


OFFICIALS

After overseeing the 3-0 win against Arsenal last month, Michael Oliver takes charge of the Eagles once again. They have lost on the other two occasions he has refereed them this term - away losses to Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City.

Referee: M Oliver
Assistants: J Collin and M Smart
Fourth Official: J Moss


LAST MEETING AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM

16th January 2016
Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City closed the gap at the top of the Premier League by thrashing a lacklustre Crystal Palace side.

After a slow start from the hosts, midfielder Fabian Delph gave them the lead with a long-range drive before Aguero doubled the advantage with an effort that deflected in off the head of defender Scott Dann.

Aguero finished off a sublime team move and David Silva added a fourth, but Palace could have gone ahead in the first couple of minutes but defender Damien Delaney headed straight at Joe Hart when free inside the area.


TICKETS
There are now only a limited number of tickets remaining for this match, and they are available to season ticket holders and members at two per client reference. 
 
Adults - £30
Seniors (65+) - £20
18-21 - £20
Under 18s - £20
Under 16s - £15

Disabled Supporters (with a personal assistant)

Adults - £20
Seniors (65+) - £20
18-21 - £20
Under 18s - £20
Under 16s - £15

Tickets can be purchased online here, by calling the ticket line on 08712 000 071, or in person at the box office.

TRAVEL

Coach travel for this game departs Selhurst Park at 5.30am and is priced at £24 per seat.

LIVE COVERAGE

Live commentary of the whole game at the Etihad Stadium 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 official app - click here for more information.

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