Match Preview: Manchester City vs Crystal Palace
Manchester City and Crystal Palace are set to go head to head in the gameweek 6 of the English Premier League.
Competition – Premier League
Date – 23rd September, 2017, Saturday
Time – 7:30 pm (IST), 3:00 pm (UK)
Venue – Etihad Stadium
TV Info – Star Sports Select HD 2(India), NBCSN(US), No telecast in UK
Live Stream – Hotstar, Sky Go, NBC Sports Live
Match Officials- Referee: Neil Swarbrick, Assistants: Scott Ledger, Andy Garratt, Fourth official: Tony Harrington
Manchester City and Crystal Palace are set to lock horns at the Etihad Stadium. Both Manchester City and Crystal Palace would be willing to outclass one another in this match to end gameweek 6 on a winning note.
Pressure is high on Pep Guardiola to lead his side to Premier League glory this time after enduring a frustrating trophyless last season, the first of it’s kind in his managerial career. City have started this season brightly with a 2-0 win over newbies Brighton in Premier League. A draw against Everton in gameweek 2 halted their progress a little bit. But they are back in form now after edging past Bournemouth by 2-1 in gameweek 3 courtesy to a 97th minute winner by Raheem Sterling and 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool in gameweek 4. And their fine run continued with an emphatic 6-0 win over Watford at the Vicarage Road.
Crystal Palace, on the other hand, will step up in gameweek 5 with no points in their kitty. They are yet to score a single goal in this season’s Premier League. Their poor form saw Frank de Boer being sacked from the managerial job after gameweek 4 and appointment of Roy Hodgson as the new gaffer but little has changed thereafter as they were beaten by Southampton in gameweek 5.
Recent form (Last 5 league matches)
Manchester City – W D W W W
Watford – L L L L L
Manchester City – 1st
Crystal Palace – 20th
Probable line-up: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy, Fernandinho, David Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Aguero, Sterling
Formation – 4-3-3
Injuries and Suspensions- Vincent Kompany(Injured), Ilkay Gundogan(Injured)
Probable line-up: Hennessey, Ward, Fosu-Mensah, Sakho, Schlupp, Townsend, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Loftus-Cheek, Benteke
Formation – 4-4-1-1
Injuries and Suspensions- Connor Wickham(Injured), Wilfried Zaha(Injured)
Manchester City and Crystal Palace have met 14 times in the Premier League era with City and Palace came up as the winning side 9 times and 2 times respectively, the rest of the 3 matches ended in stalemate. Last season City beat Palace in both of the league matches, 2-1 at the Selhurst Park and 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City are flying high in this moment whereas Crystal Palace could only sense frustration and anger all around the Selhurst Park. Palace would find it very hard to stop an embarrassment considering the kind of form Guardiola’s men are going through. I will go with 5-0 in favour of Manchester City.