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Palace v Manchester City

Selhurst Park, Saturday 5.30pm

Hodgson: Just two players on his injury list this week

Hodgson: Just two players on his injury list this week

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The Eagles go into the match on Saturday in fine form - unbeaten at home this season and flying high in 6th position in the Premier League.

The next five games though could change everything - matches against teams who are placed higher in the League - Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

City haven't been as invincible as last season though, with surprise defeats against Norwich and Wolves. Liverpool have compounded their misery by stretching their lead over them by eight points at the top of the table.

Palace have also had their share of heartache already this season, losing 4-0 to Tottenham Hotspur and also being defeated by newcomers Sheffield United - so who knows what Palace team will turn up on Saturday at 5.30pm.

Team news

Mamadou Sakho is a doubt for the game, after missing the last couple of games with a strain. Martin Kelly and Gary Cahill are likely to continue in central defence in his absence. James Tomkins and Christian Benteke will have to settle for places on the bench after securing extensions to their contracts.

Connor Wickham is still not fit to play.

Manchester City - Pep Guardiola is hopeful for the return of a number of key players for the televised clash at Selhurst Park - Sergio Aguero was involved in a car crash on Tuesday but the Argentine emerged unscathed, meaning he is fit for selection.

Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones trained earlier in the week suggesting they will also be available for selection.

Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, and Oleks Zinchenko all impressed during games for their respective countries in the last week, and will also be available for selection.


Roy Hodgson

"I'm not sure that Pep [Guardiola] needs to be worried about any team but it will be nice if we can get respect. It's a challenge and it's an exciting challenge and our players are very much up for that challenge.

"It's been a good start. We're fully aware that can change very quickly; the only time you're happy to take credit is if it lasts until the end of the season. In the eight games so far 14 points is a good haul of points but we have a tough run of games coming up."

Andros Townsend

From “It’s been a very good start, but it’s important not to get carried away, league positions don’t really count for anything until everyone has played each other once, then you can start to look at the table and seeing where you are at.”

Pep Guardiola

"I think since Roy Hodgson took over the team with 0 points and helped to avoid relegation, they have always made a really good season,".

"They have incredibly talented players."

Manchester City - league stats

Position Played Won Drawn Lost Points
2nd 8 5 1 2 16

Full league table

Last five results

Date Type Home Team Score Away Team  
14/04/2019 League Crystal Palace 1 - 3 Manchester City loss
22/12/2018 League Manchester City 2 - 3 Crystal Palace win
31/12/2017 League Crystal Palace 0 - 0 Manchester City draw
23/09/2017 League Manchester City 5 - 0 Crystal Palace loss
06/05/2017 League Manchester City 5 - 0 Crystal Palace loss

All time results

Last meeting

Palace 1-3 Manchester City

Sunday April 14 2019

Palace: Guaita, van Aanholt, Dann, Kelly, Wan-Bissaka, Milivojevic, Schlupp (Kouyate, 22), Zaha, McArthur (Sako, 85), Townsend (Meyer, 77), Benteke

Subs not used: Hennessey, Ayew, Batshuayi, Ward

Goals: Milivojevic (81)

Manchester City: Ederson, Laporte, Kompany, Mendy, Walker, Sane (Stones, 87), Sterling, Silva (Silva, 65), Gundogan, Aguero (Jesus, 75), De Bruyne

Subs not used: Danilo, Muric, Otamendi, Mahrez

Goals: Sterling (15, 63), Jesus (90)

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