FA CUP PREVIEW: Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

Manchester City travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday to take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round.

Pep Guardiola’s side were 2-0 up and cruising against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend but ended up being pegged back and drawing 2-2 in unfortunate circumstances.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at home to Everton thanks to a late goal from Seamus Coleman, a result which leaves them 18th in the Premier League.

City swept West Ham United aside with a dominant 5-0 win at the London Stadium in the third round of the cup.

Palace, on the other hand, needed a replay to squeeze past League One Bolton Wanderers.

The last time City and Palace met, a Yaya Toure brace on his return from exile gave the Blues a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park in November.

Sam Allardyce’s side are on a dreadful run of form, at home and away, as these infographics by stats aficionados KickOff illustrate.

Predicted City line-up:

Player to watch: Vincent Kompany

It’s 70 days since City’s highly influential skipper made his last ill-fated comeback from injury, which was coincidentally also at Selhurst Park. Pep Guardiola was rather coy about his team selection in his pre-match press conference but after being named on the bench for the last two matches, you’d expect Kompany to play in this one and City will be hoping he’ll bring some much needed stability to the back line. Is he finally about to get his career back on track or will this be yet another false dawn for the Belgian? Fingers crossed it’s the former.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-3 Manchester City

Written by Dan Burke

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