Sport Manchester City players celebrate after David Silva's goal

City were without any recognised strikers for the tie against Palace but secured a 3-0 win thanks to David Silva and Yaya Toure

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Dacid Silva strokes home his and City's second goal

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace report: Three-and-easy for City as David Silva double closes the gap to Chelsea

Manchester City 3 Crystal Palace 0: Despite starting without a striker, two goals from Silva plus a third from Yaya Toure sees City draw level with table-topping Blues

James Milner: Manchester City and England player has now played in every position except in goal and centre-back

Milner started up front for City against Crystal Palace

James Milner starts for Manchester City

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace team news: City line-up with no striker as James Milner starts in attack with Frank Lampard dropped

Demichelis, Fernandinho and Navas join Milner in returning to the team while Palace make two changes

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Joe Hart pulls off a fantastic save from Esteban Cambiasso's free-kick

Joe Hart: Manchester City No 1 signs new contract at the Etihad until 2019

Goalkeeper told club website 'I'm really happy'

Yaya Toure vs Mile Jedinak: Head-to-head analysis ahead of the clash between Manchester City and Crystal Palace

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Yaya Toure celebrates with his Manchester City team-mates

Manchester City should play Fernando, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure together, says Owen Hargreaves

Speaking to The Independent, the former City midfielder believes Manuel Pellegrini's side too often lose the midfield battle

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Premier League fixtures selected for TV: Manchester United nearly ignored in latest picks

Louis van Gaal's side's recent upward curve not backed up by TV picks from Sky Sports and BT Sport

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Manchester United and Manchester City linked with Wesley Sneijder move, but Southampton not in the running

Galatasaray midfielder is attracting interest once more

James Milner is out of contract at the end of the season

James Milner transfer news: Arsenal and Liverpool remain on alert as Milner's Manchester City future thrown into doubt

Milner is out of contract at the end of the season and talks have stalled on agreeing a new deal

Sergio Aguero puts the finishing touches to his Christmas tree

Sergio Aguero unveils garish Christmas tree on Instagram

The Manchester City striker is currently out injured

Transfer talk: Manchester United linked with Gareth Bale and Mats Hummels; James Milner future; Wesley Sneijder to Southampton

A look at the latest gossip and rumours on Thursday 18 December

Manchester United will spend nearly £400m on just three players, reveals study

Deals for Juan Mata, Angel Di Maria and Luke Shaw are amongst the most expensive in the world when the full potential cost is calculated

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