Premier League: Manchester City v Crystal Palace match preview
A look ahead to this weekend’s match at the Etihad Stadium
Friday 27 December 2013
Dwight Gayle’s magnificent winner at Aston Villa lifted Palace out of the relegation zone for the first time since September, but the Eagles may find it harder to take flight against Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini’s side may be erratic on their travels, but at home they are unstoppable, winning all nine of their league games at the Etihad this season and rattling in 37 goals in the process.
Tony Pulis has introduced some defensive solidity to Palace, with three clean sheets in their last five matches, but they face a mighty task to shackle City’s red-hot strikers, including Alvaro Negredo, who can’t stop scoring at the Etihad.
If there is a glimmer of hope for Palace, it lies in City’s defensive frailties: despite the return of the talismanic Vincent Kompany, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven matches. But Palace are the league’s lowest scorers, with just 12 goals this season, and if City’s “we’ll score more than you” approach was good enough to see off Liverpool’s stern challenge, few will imagine it being seriously tested by lowly Palace.
KICK OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 2 (Wright-Phillips, Tevez), League Cup, August 2009
Manchester City 3 (Wright-Phillips 2, Fowler) Crystal Palace 1 (Powell), Premier League, January 2005
Crystal Palace 1 (Johnson) Manchester City 2 (Anelka 2), Premier League, September 2004
City have won the last four meetings between these sides. Palace’s last win at Manchester City came in this month 23 years ago.
Alvaro Negredo has scored in his last 9 appearances at the Etihad.
Manchester City have now scored in their last 59 Premier League home games, a run dating back to a 0-0 draw with Birmingham City in November 2010.
Sergio Aguero (13) has scored more goals in the Premier League this season than the entire Palace team (12).
8 of Palace’s 12 goals have come in the first 10 or last 15 minutes of matches.
Manchester City to win: 1.12
Crystal Palace to win: 26.0
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.
When teaching the meaning of Christmas backfires
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant