An in-form Manchester City host Crystal Palace on Sunday evening, knowing that they might be within a point of top spot by the end of the weekend if results go their way. Pep Guardiola’s side will be a point behind Manchester United and Liverpool, if the latter wins the earlier kick-off between the top two and City win here.
City will also have a game in hand on those two rivals, putting them in prime position to seize control of the title race at just about the halfway stage. After four straight league wins for Guardiola’s outfit, they will be big favourites here even if they weren’t firing on all cylinders for the midweek win over Brighton.
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.