Crystal Palace vs Manchester City preview: No new injury worries for Blues following international break

By Ric Turner, Fri 18 November 2016 14:36


Crystal Palace vs Manchester City preview: No new injury worries for Blues following international breakGuardiola confirms that South Americans are "tired" but fit for Selhurst Park clash

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 19th November 2016

Venue: Selhurst Park, South London

Referee: Bobby Madley Assistants: M McDonough, M Perry Fourth Official: A Davies

Odds: Crystal Palace 11/2, Draw 7/2, City 8/15

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Match of the Day

Crystal Palace

Manager: Alan Pardew

Squad (from): Speroni, Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Kelly, Tomkins, Fryers, Flaimini, Cabaye, Zaha, Chung-yong, McArthur, Mutch, Sako, Ledley, Puncheon, Townsend, Campbell, Wickham, Benteke

Injured: Mandanda, J Benteke, Remy, Soare

Doubtful: Chung-yong, Ledley

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLLLD

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Caballero, Gunn, Adarabioyo, Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Otamendi, Sagna, Stones, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Fernando, Fernandinho, Garcia, Gundogan, Navas, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero, Iheanacho, Nolito

Injured: None

Doubtful: Delph

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWDDL

City have no new injury worries following the international break, according to manager Pep Guardiola.

“All the players came back good,” Guardiola said. “The players who played 90 minutes they are tired, especially the South American players. But they are fit, not injured, and that is the most important thing.

“The schedule is so stressful for the players. It’s so demanding. We cannot lose, cannot play bad. We have to handle that.

“Every player is different from the other one. Still I am still learning how my players react from that situation. But they are not injured, they come back good.”

Palace have struggled for form recently, suffering four successive league defeats, but Guardiola is expecting a difficult game.

“I have had time to see many of their games, it will be tough. They have a coach with a lot of experience in England. They are fast, one against one. We know the situation.

“They cross a lot of balls - Benteke in the box is unstoppable.”

City's last away game at Selhurst park ended in a 1-0 victory, with Kelechi Iheanacho scoring a late winner for the Blues. Overall City have won 27 of the 54 games played against Palace, with 12 draws and 15 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Bravo, Sagna, Stones, Kolarov, Clichy, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Crystal Palace 2 City 2

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