Manchester City can move above Liverpool in the title race when they play Crystal Palace away in the premier league match at Selhurst Park, in London, on Sunday evening (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Crystal Palace and Manchester City
Kick Off: Saturday 14 April
Match Timing: 06:35 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Selhurst Park (25,456)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action live on Hotstar App.
Only if the fixtures were decided on paper, Manchester City would have already won it, moving to the top of the table at the expense of Liverpool.
It’s an away game for City, against a team which will be without both first-choice centre-backs. So this is an opportunity for the away side to smell blood, and take another step towards the defense of their title.
But it’s easier said than done. Crystal Palace are becoming a bogey team for the Cityzens, or at least the results in the last few games fuels that notion.
The Eagles sensibly won 2-3 at the Etihad Stadium in the reverse fixture, while also missing a penalty in the last home game against Pep Guardiola’s team. Had the ball gone in, it would have been City’s first loss of last season.
But all these would have been, should have been won’t have any bearing on the match once the referee blows his whistle. Palace can still be good, at least in the attacking department. The likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend can rip the Mickey out of any backline on their day.
In that sense, City will have to be on their guard for the full 90 minutes. The morale of the squad is also down due to the negative result in the Champions Legaue. Talking about Europe, Pep may be forced to make changes to the side which started against Tottenham on Tuesday. So there is a chance for the hosts as well.
For Plaace, the target is to secure the top-flight status for yet another season. But this is the club which has quality in all positions, and that’s why the general consensus is that Roy Hodgson’s men are too good to get embroiled in a relegation battle. The fact they are, means, Palace are underperforming.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Crystal Palace – W L L W L W
Manchester City – W W W W W L
CRY vs MCI Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City Team News:
Injured – Palace defender James Tomkins will be missing the rest of the season after suffering a groin injury in the 0-1 win over Newcastle United. Also, fellow center-back and former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho remains on the sidelines due to the knee injury.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – The hosts could also be without two more players as Cheikhou Kouyaté and Andros Townsend are both suffering from a back injury. The duo will be monitored before the match.
Note: Max Meyer is available for selection after missing the game against Newcastle because of illness. With the first choice centre-halves out of the match, Hodgson may give Scott Dann his fourth league start of the season, partnering him with the former Liverpool defender Martin Kelly.
Key Players – Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi
Injured – As for Manchester City, Claudio Bravo remains a long-term absentee due to the Achilles injury.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Bernardo Silva missed the game against Tottenham Hotspur with a thigh strain and will be assessed.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was absent from the last two games due to a hamstring injury, will also face a late fitness test.
Note: Despite the importance of this game, Pep Guardiola is expected to tweak his side for this match. One of the certain starters here is Kevin de Bruyne, who was named on the bench versus Spurs. Leroy Sane met the same fate and looks certain to start at Selhurst Park.
Key Players – Leroy Sane, Kevin de Bruyne
CRY vs MCI Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Crystal Palace– Guaiata (GK), Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Dann, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Townsend, Zaha, Benteke
Manchester City– Ederson (GK), Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Mahrez, Jesus, Sane
CRY vs MCI Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Crystal Palace could do the double over Manchester City for the first time since the 1972-73 season after beating the reigning champions 2-3 in the reverse fixture.
But the Eagles are depleted and may find it hard to contain City.
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