Selhurst Park, Saturday 3.00pm
Palace boss Sam Allardyce may decide to rest key players for this cup tie with the priority on Premier League survival and a crucial game against Bournemouth next week.
Skipper Scott Dann has a slight injury and will be assessed and keeper Julian Speroni has twisted his knee, so Steve Mandanda returns to the squad after his recent knee op. Fraizer Campbell (hamstring) is still out.
Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany is available after his knee problem, while Gabriel Jesus could make his full debut following his £27million transfer from Palmeiras.
Midfielder Fernandinho is still suspended and second-choice keeper Willy Caballero will play in place of the rested Claudio Bravo.
Palace (from): Hennessey, Mandanda, Perntreou, Ward, Kelly, Tomkins, Delaney, Flamini, McArthur, Ledley, Townsend, Kaikai, Cabaye, Schlupp, Campbell, Remy, Mutch, Lee, Husin, Phillips, Fryers, C Benteke.
Man City (from): Caballero, Bravo, Gunn, Sagna, Zabaleta, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Adarabioyo, Kolarov, Clichy, Toure, Fernando, Delph, De Bruyne, Navas, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Nolito, Garcia, Aguero, Jesus, Iheanacho.
“Our game on Saturday nearly moved to Sunday but we didn’t want that so we refused the TV broadcasters request to change the date and this gives us the best chance to prepare the team for Bournemouth on Tuesday and after that next weekend against Sunderland.
"We have been given a difficult situation this coming week, someone tried to make it even more difficult but fairness to the chairman, he said no so we now have to manage the three games in a week including the last few days of the transfer window.
“You will have to ask the Premier League why they decided to play a game on the Tuesday when the window closes that day. It is an awkward situation that did not have to happen.
“I would love to hear the answer. Because I get a blank when I ask. I have asked why they have done it many times but it is not the first time it has happened."
"I saw him [Big Sam] once in my life. It will be the second time. I am delighted he is coming back. Tomorrow I will give Big Sam a big hug. After that he is going to fight to win and I am going to fight to win. It's a final for both of us.
"We imagine a tough game in the FA Cup, every game is complicated. It will be tough for the stadium, the situation of Crystal Palace and because it is away. We want to go through and of course it is a final for us.
"Winning titles of course is important but all the clubs want to win the titles. I am not thinking about it, of course winning helps for the future."
|Date||Type||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|19/11/2016||League||Crystal Palace||1 - 2||Manchester City|
|16/01/2016||League||Manchester City||4 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|28/10/2015||League Cup||Manchester City||5 - 1||Crystal Palace|
|12/09/2015||League||Crystal Palace||0 - 1||Manchester City|
|06/04/2015||League||Crystal Palace||2 - 1||Manchester City|
Palace 0-3 Manchester City
Saturday January 28 2017
Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Tomkins, Schlupp (Fryers, 76), Lee, Mutch (McArthur, 65), Townsend, Ledley, Flamini, Benteke (Remy, 45)
Subs not used: Perntreou, Kaikai, Cabaye, Delaney
Bookings: Kelly, Ledley, Mutch
Manchester City: Caballero, Clichy, Kompany, Sagna, A Kolarov, Sterling (Navas, 66), Sane (Nolito, 84), Toure, Silva (Fernando, 78), Delph, Jesus
Subs not used: De Bruyne, Zabaleta, Stones, Bravo
Goals: Sterling (43), Sane (71), Toure (90)
Bookings: Sagna, Toure, Sterling
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