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Your Full Matchday Guide: Manchester City

20 December 2018

Read this handy guide for all you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace’s game away to Manchester City before the match commences at 3pm on Saturday, including who will referee and an interesting matchday stat as well as all the information that travelling fans will want to be aware of.

Live coverage

This match will not be shown live on TV in the UK, though you can listen to full commentary for just £1.49 via Palace Audio, the best way of staying up-to-date with Palace's progress live.

If you live abroad, find out where you can watch the game by heading over to our Worldwide TV Listings now.

Alternatively, if you are following from around the world, why not see if there is an official Supporters’ Club meeting to watch the game in your city? Find the nearest one to you here

The ref

Andre Marriner takes charge of this game, which is his second Palace appointment of the season having taken charge of the 0-0 draw with Newcastle United in September. He will be assisted by Scott Ledger and Harry Lennard while Anthony Taylor is the fourth official.

Your matchday stat

Manchester City are currently on the longest ever Premier League unbeaten run in games kicking off at 3pm local time on Saturday (W32 D4 L0), winning their last 15 such games by an aggregate score of 57-7.

The Palace Preview

Check out our comprehensive preview to City v Palace now. It contains a full build-up to the game, all the information you'll want to know and complete team news.


By car

Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and follow the A556 towards Stockport before joining the M56 going towards Stockport. Continue onto the M60 passing Stockport and head on towards Ashton Under Lyne.

Leave the M60 at Junction 23 and take the A635 towards Manchester. Branch off onto the A662 (Ashton New Road) towards Droylsden and Manchester. Stay on the A662 for around three miles and you will reach the Stadium on your right.

Pay on the day car parking is available on site in the Blue Car Park’s G & H, accessed from Alan Turing Way (Gate 2).

By Train

Trains run from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly. If walking from there, follow the ‘City Link’ signs. It will take approximately 25 minutes to walk to the Etihad Stadium from the city centre.

Alternatively, there are bus stops adjacent to the stadium. At the end of the match, buses will be lined up on Ashton New Road next to the South Stand heading to Manchester city centre. Further information is available at or via Twitter @OfficialTfGM.

Tickets and programme

The Manchester City programme costs £3.00 and can be bought from vendors around the outside of the Etihad Stadium. General admission tickets are sold out for Palace fans.

Food and drink

Around the stadium, there are food kiosks featuring fan favourites such as fish and chips, street food and pizza.


Only small bags no larger than 16.5” x 12” x 6” are allowed into the stadium. They will be subject to security checks at the entrances.

Flags and banners are allowed in but only up to 2x1m. Please note that flag poles or offensive language on the flags will not be allowed. They will be checked and a fire safety certificate is required.

Turnstiles will open at 13.30 for all areas of the ground.

If you’re there

Why not head to the National Football Museum? With over 140,000 items, it is the world’s largest footballing collection and is open for free every day between 10-17.00.

There are currently several exhibitions on and the museum is just two miles from the Etihad Stadium, the perfect matchday accompaniment for all fans looking for an additional football fix.

You can call the Manchester City contact line on 0161 444 1894 for any further questions or head to their visitor’s guide (found via our stadium guide, below) for more information.

If you need to know more, head over to our stadium guide where you’ll find a map, useful links and extra stadium information.

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