Manchester City vs Crystal Palace preview

By Ric Turner, Fri 19 December 2014 14:22


Manchester City vs Crystal Palace previewCity without a recognised striker

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace

Date: 12.45pm, Saturday 20th December 2014

Venue: The Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Phil Dowd Assistants: P Kirkup, D Bryan Fourth Official: N Swarbrick

Odds: Manchester City 3/10, Draw 5/1, Crystal Palace 12/1

Tickets: On sale via tickets.mcfc.co.uk

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Mangala, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando, Lampard, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Silva, Toure, Pozo

Injured: Aguero, Dzeko, Kompany, Jovetic, Nastasic

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWWD

Crystal Palace

Manager: Neil Warnock

Squad (from): Hennessey, Kettings, Speroni, Dann, Delaney, Fryers, Hangeland, Kelly, Mariappa, Ward, Bannan, Bolasie, Jedinak, Ledley, McArthur, Puncheon, Thomas, Campbell, Gayle, Johnson, Zaha.

Injured: Chamakh, Ledley

Doubtful: Mariappa

Suspended: None

Form guide: DDLDWL

City have no recognised strikers for the visit of Crystal Palace, as Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko join Sergio Aguero on the sidelines. Vincent Kompany is also unavailable after tweaking his hamstring at Leicester.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini must decide whether to persevere with youngster Jose Angel Pozo up front, despite his recent struggles, or push a midfielder further forward. Samir Nasri, David Silva, Yaya Toure or even James Milner could be considered for the role.

Pellegrini said: "We are without Jovetic, Dzeko, Aguero. We must change the way we play, a different system".

City's last home game against Palace ended in a 1-0 win, with Edin Dzeko scoring the only goal in a hard fought victory. Overall City have won 23 of the 49 games played against Palace, with 12 draws and 14 defeats.

Read the views of Palace fan Daniel Cook here.

Prediction: Manchester City 2 Crystal Palace 0

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