Manchester City travel to Selhurst Park on matchday 33 of the Premier League
Venue: Selhurst Park
Date: Sunday 15/04/2019
Kick-off: 6:45 pm IST
After suffering a 1-0 defeat to Spurs in the first leg of the Champions League, Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking to get things back on track as they visit Selhurst Park for their clash against Crystal Palace. Liverpool took back the top spot after their nervy win over Southampton, but City will have a golden chance on their hands to turn up the heat on Klopp’s men as they go up against Chelsea hours after City play Crystal Palace.
The Premier League is City’s to lose as wins in next 6 matches could lead them to be the first team to defend their league title in the past decade, and also keep them in contention for the unprecedented quadruple. Crystal Palace, however, has been a thorn in Pep’s side. The Eagles remain to be the only team to nick points from City at the Etihad as they won their away fixture at City’s home 3-2.
Sitting 12th in the league table, they’ll go looking to improve their position and further motivated to play spoiler in the title race. With the return leg against Spurs next, here have been voices calling for prioritising the Champions League this season by fielding a weaker side against Crystal Palace – which could prove disastrous in the title race. How Pep approaches this game remains to be seen.
With the return leg against Tottenham next, we could see the likes of Aguero, Fernandinho rested. City should have Bernardo back in the squad, whether he’s risked against Crystal Palace remains to be seen. Zinchenko struggles to get the medical greenlight before this game and will miss out due to his injury while Bravo remains sidelined for the season.
Crystal Palace will have Bakary Sako and Pape Ndiaye Souare back from injury although whether they’ll be rushed back for this fixture remains doubtful. They’ll still be missing Mamadou Sakho who’s still out with an injury.
Man City (4-3-3):
Ederson; Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Gundogan, D. Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Sané
Crystal Palace (4-4-2):
Guaita; Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Tomkins, van Aanholt; Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevi?, Kouyaté; Batshuayi, Zaha
Man City: W-W-W-W-L
Crystal Palace: L-L-W-L-W
SCORE PREDICTION: Man City 2-1 Crystal Palace
City have been in fantastic form in the league and should see out a Palace side missing its starting centre backs. After their shocking loss in the home tie, City will be wary of the threat the Eagles pose. We can expect City to edge it at Selhurst Park as they’ll try to notch up the pressure on Liverpool who face Chelsea later on the day.