Crystal Palace are looking for just a second win in nine matches in all competitions, as they head to Manchester City on Sunday evening. The task would be difficult at the best of times, but while Roy Hodgson’s team are out-of-form of late, City have just embarked on their most impressive run of the season.
City will look to the likes of Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne, their in-form attacking talents, to come up with the keys to unlock the Palace back line - as three points will put City right in among the title challengers, potentially just one point off the top depending on results earlier int he day.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match this evening.
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Defenders Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte remain sidelined for Man City. Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero are still doubts, but changes could come with Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus or Ferran Torres coming into the line-up.
Palace have Gary Cahill and Scott Dann both back from injury, but they might have to wait for a spot in the team after a clean sheet against Arsenal. However, the likes of Martin Kelly, Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp and Nathan Ferguson are all still out injured.
MCI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan; Sterling, De Bruyne, Foden; Jesus
CPA: Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Tomkins, Mitchell; Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Eze; Benteke, Zaha
A Sunday evening stroll for Pep Guardiola and Co. They might have to be patient to break down Hodgson’s massed ranks, but there’s confidence within City’s squad and several attackers in good form. Man City 3-0 Palace.