Manchester City vs Crystal Palace. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more￼
England provides a lively football programme for us this week. The midweek saw the League Cup 2nd-round fixtures. And now we are heading to the fourth tour of the most interesting league in the world. One intriguing match with a certain intrigue caught our attention: Manchester City has already unexpectedly lost 2 points in this campaign while Crystal Palace has declared high aspirations with a strong start to the season. There is a chance that the Citizens could lose points again, let’s try to work out what the probabilities are.
Parimatchnews will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Manchester City News & Current Form:
City is certainly regarded as 1 of the strongest clubs not only in England but also in the world. All the more so in the summer, several interesting deals have come to fruition. It is here where Erling Haaland will continue his career. At the same time, the Skyblues managed to reinforce their midfield by another young talent – Kalvin Phillips – who has reached the level of the national team in Leeds in just a couple of seasons. Finally, they bought Sergio Gomez on the left flank of defence, albeit not over-priced Marc Cucurella.
They have also managed to bring in some revenue, the Citizens are showing us a top example of business, making the maximum possible money for their in-form departing players like example Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko – this allows the Sheikh club to remain within the FFP and also to attract a new generation of the most promising players safely.
As for the results, we can already see that the season will be full of intrigue and struggle in every match. Firstly, the Citizens conceded 3 goals to Liverpool in the match for the Community Shield, managing to reply with only one. Having done their homework, the team managed to get off to a flawless start to the EPL season, demolishing West Ham and Bournemouth by a combined score of 6-0.
The match against Newcastle United, on the other hand, turned out to be a real surprise for all of us. By the 54th minute, the Citizens were 3-1 down. It smelled like a real sensation, because the agressive Magpies did show some great football. But Pep Guardiola’s charges saved their faces and managed to at least level the score, although they couldn’t snatch the win.
Manchester City then had a good opportunity to test some of their insights against a resurgent FC Barcelona in a 6-goal friendly thriller.
No doubt the Sky-Blues coaching staff have thoroughly studied all the tricks of their upcoming opponent from London, who are arguably the dark horse of this season. The Citizens are well aware that the clash will be tough, but they have the quality and experience to get the job done and add three points to their account.
Moreover, with each game, the Norwegian super-forward will become more and more integrated into Guardiola’s team and style, and once he has gained maximum form and chemistry – he will surely destroy teams of that calibre. Perhaps it was this type of player that Manchester City lacked last season, as they have lost points twice against the Red-Blues. Let’s see what Erling has to offer in the coming meeting.
Crystal Palace News & Current Form:
At some point, the Glaziers’ management decided to eschew the usual “grey” stability, and the decision to replace the experienced Hodgson with the promising Vieira signified such a decision. They also decided to rejuvenate the squad and this trend continues this summer. Now, this young team looks very capable, and they have underlined from the very beginning of the season that they have no intention to be the whipping boys.
Despite the fact that Eagles lost the first game, we must admit that they put a lot of pressure on Arsenal. And the Red-Blues had all the chances to turn the tide in the game, but they lacked just a little bit and it can be explained only by the still considerable difference in the class of the teams. Besides, they were chronically unlucky, with Marc Guéhi’s own goal ruining all efforts.
However, a week later, they managed to thwart Liverpool in a 1-1 draw at Anfield (although Darwin Nunez’s early sending-off helped too).
Finally, the right result came last Saturday as the Eagles beat Aston Villa (3-1) in fine fashion, even despite conceding a quick goal. Wilfried Zaha, the star of the team, remains instrumental as he completed the brace in that match.
“He’s a fighter. When it’s tough, he puts his sleeves up and is going into the fight.” said Viera after that match.
The Glaziers then took on League One side Oxford United in their 200th EFL Cup tie, where Patrick Viera gave young players such as Kaden Rodney and Killian Phillips a chance to prove themselves. This resulted in the confident 0-2 victory to progress in the third round of the tournament.
Now, the Londoners approach the match with a lot of belief and enthusiasm. All the more so, some of the players the French coach missed at the start of the season have returned to the squad.
Manchester City form guide (all competitions): L-W-W-D-D
Crystal Palace form guide (all competitions): L-D-W-W
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Head-To-Head Record:
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Unexpectedly, but Crystal Palace under Vieira did not lose or even concede to Manchester City last season. First, the Eagles beat the champions at their den 2-0, then there was a nil draw in London.
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Predicted XI:
Manchester City possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Ake, Dias, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Bernardo, Haaland, Foden.
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Guaita; Ward, Anderson, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha.
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What has been said before the match:
Pep Guardiola, the Man City gaffer:
“It’s a good record, to lose two out of 54 games. That shows how good they are.”says Pep about 2 losses in Saturday 15:00 matches coming from Crystal Palace.
“With Hodgson and now Patrick Vieira. They’ve got resilience and an incredible amount of quality and from nothing can create something. We have to be aware and not do mistakes because they defend their box really well, have good set pieces and good transitions.
“With Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze and Odsonne Edouard they have weapons and experienced players in the middle. Hopefully, we can break them and win the game. They drew at Anfield a few weeks ago. It’s a tough side. We know it. It’s a good challenge. We’re looking forward to it.”
Patrick Viera, the Palace gaffer:
“The game will be clear: they will have possession, they will have really good moments and it’s about how we manage those moments. We’ll have to defend well, there’s no doubt about it. We’ll have to be clear about roles and responsibilities, what we need to do. It may not be enough but we’ll go there and compete. Since the first game of the season it’s been consistent to compete with the team in front of us and manage difficult periods to create moments with individual quality.”
“The strength of that team [City] is the collective. The way they play together, control tempo, have players run in behind, the decision-making is unbelievable. Of course everybody knows the way City play but it’s something different to try to stop them doing it. If collectively we are strong and brave enough we can give them problems as well because we have individual talent who can run with the ball, pass players and have moments you need to create chances.”
Statistical preview of the match Manchester City vs Crystal Palace:
- Crystal Palace have done well at the Etihad Stadium in recent years, picking up 7 points in 4 games, prior to that the statistics looked more depressing, as they managed to take the same 4 points in 15 games.
- At least two goals have been scored in three of their last head-to-head matches.
- Manchester City have scored in 30 of their last 31 Premier League home games.
- Manchester City have scored more than 2.5 goals in five consecutive home Premier League.
- Crystal Palace have scored less than 2.5 goals in 12 of their last 13 away games.
- Crystal Palace have scored managed to score in 8 of their last 9 away matches.
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Prediction:
Crystal Palace create chances in every match, regardless of the style of their opponents. Of the 11 shots taken per match on average, 4 hit the target. The fact that the Eagles failed to score against Arsenal is more a matter of bad luck, but the quality and ability to get on the scoresheet is there – the brightest case in point is the match against Liverpool.
Man City, in turn, have certain problems with defense which is reflected in the statistics: they have conceded as many as 9 goals in 5 games. The pair of central defenders have no consistent chemistry, and the vital Aymeric Laporte is still out injured. The Spanish coach will have to choose the lesser of two evils to pair with Rúben Dias, either John Stones, who was a failure in the last match, or the not-in-form Nathan Ake.
And there’s hardly much doubt that Man City will score – there’s plenty of quality up front and they’re averaging 3 goals per game.
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Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: both teams to score and the match total over 2.5 – Yes.