PREVIEW: Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

Manchester City are back in action at 3pm on Saturday when they travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace in the first of three consecutive away matches in a week.

Last time out, an injury time equaliser from Middlesbrough’s Marten De Roon meant Pep Guardiola’s side slipped from the top of the table down to third going into the international break.

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Meanwhile, Alan Pardew’s Palace are on a four match losing streak and were beaten 3-2 away at Burnley in their last match.

Burnley v Crystal Palace - Premier League

City did the double over the Eagles last season with a late Kelechi Iheanacho winner earning them the three points in an early season encounter at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace v Manchester City - Premier League

Later, in January, two goals from Sergio Agüero helped the Blues to a 4-0 win at the Etihad.

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As this infographic courtesy of Premier League stats aficionados KickOff illustrates, City’s recent record at Selhurst Park is fairly decent but they’ll be hoping to avoid a repeat of the 2-1 defeat suffered there under Manuel Pellegrini in April 2015.

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City’s travelling supporters can perhaps take encouragement from the fact their team’s recent away record is much better than Palace’s recent form on their own ground. Hopefully they’ll take a leaf out of Liverpool’s book, who won 4-2 there last month.

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However, there isn’t a lot between the two sides in terms of their respective form over the last 10 matches and Palace’s current run of defeats surely can’t go on forever.

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Claudio Bravo and David Silva are expected to be available for selection after both suffered injury scares during the international break, while Bacary Sagna could be in line to make his comeback from an injury which has kept him out of action since City’s 3-1 win over Swansea back in September.

Swansea City v Manchester City - Premier League

Predicted City line-up:

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Player to watch: Fernandinho

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The Brazilian was in inspired form as he captained his country to victories over Argentina and Peru during the international break and his club are going to need another big performance from him when he comes up against the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Jason Puncheon and Andros Townsend this weekend. It felt like his form had dipped somewhat prior to the international break but Pep Guardiola remains a huge fan of his and he could be quite literally pivotal to City’s chances of success in this match.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City

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