Manchester City face a must-win game when they hit the road to take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League, knowing any result other than all three points could strengthen Liverpool’s grip at the top.
City head into this game on the back of a 0-2 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers before the international break, and have already dropped more than half the points teams took from them in the whole of 2018-19 season.
It won’t be an easy game though, by any stretch of the imagination when you consider that Crystal Palace have made a very good start to the new season, and head into this game fresh off beating fellow London rivals West Ham United two-week ago.
And if the recent history is a subject worth considering when talking about these two teams, then Pep Guardiola has to think about a few things before lining up his playing 11 against Roy Hodgson’s men.
It was Palace who stopped Manchester City’s 18-game winning juggernaut in the 2017-18 season, and it was Palace again to hand City their first and the only home defeat last season. Remember Andros Townsend’s magnificent long-range shot? It was deservedly named as the goal of the season as well.
If only momentum can win you matches!
Confidence and the momentum can be a huge factor, if not vital and just, in deciding a team or an individual’s way of approaching a particular scenario or situation.
Palace have the wind in their sails at the moment, and their confidence will be fueled even more by the very idea that the Eagles could break into the top-four with a win in this game, provided other results favour them. Maybe far-fetched, but true in some sense that Palace are a bogey team for City as well.
City, meanwhile, are bruised and hurt following a less than convincing start to the new season.
The Premier League match will be played between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park, in London, England. The ground has a capacity of 25,486.
The game will start at 10:00 PM (IST), on Saturday, October 19.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Crystal Palace – L W L D W W
Manchester City – W W W W W L
Connor Wickham remains out at the moment due to the lack of match fitness.
Centre-back Mamadou Sakho is also ruled out from this game due to a muscle strain.
Other than the above-mentioned duo, the hosts don’t have fresh injury concerns before this game.
Palace in for a boost!
Crystal Palace welcome back captain Luka Milivojevic after the Serbian missed the 1-2 win versus West Ham United through suspension. The 28-year-old Serbian will come straight into the playing 11, with James McCarthy the likeliest player making way for him in the team.
We expect no other changes whatsoever from Roy Hodgson.
Crystal Palace Probable XI:
Guaita (GK), Ward, Kelly, Cahill, Aanholt, Zaha, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Schlupp, Ayew
Manchester City FC Team News:
Injuries are easing upon Manchester City but Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte remain the long-term absentee for the champions. The duo is expected to return only next year.
City could welcome back a host of first-team stars for this game. Kevin de Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and John Stones all returned to training this week and may be involved in this game.
Sergio Aguero came unhurt from a car crash this week and is fit to play against Palace.
Manchester City Probable XI:
Ederson (GK), Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Jesus, B. Silva
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Kevin De Bruyne
CRY vs MCI Dream11 potential winner:
Manchester City should at least get a draw here.