Crystal Palace v Manchester City
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On Sunday afternoon, Crystal Palace host reigning English champions Manchester City at Selhurst Park, in a potentially vital match for the visitor’s title hopes.
Crystal Palace could mathematically confirm their place in the Premier League for next season if results go their way this weekend. The Eagles are currently 12th place in the top-flight table 11 points clear of the relegation zone.
A run of two league wins from their last three matches, including a 1-0 win at Newcastle last time out, has moved Roy Hodgson away from the Premier League relegation zone.
Palace’s home form in the Premier League has not been great of late, though, as they have won just two of their last eight matches on home soil in the top-flight. Their recent league matches at Selhurst Park have been relatively low scoring, with eight of their last 11 home games in the top-flight producing under 2.5 goals.
The Citizens are two points behind league leaders, Liverpool, having played a game fewer than the Merseysider’s.
City head into this game on the back of a 1-0 Champions League defeat at Tottenham. The defeat ended a 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions for the Citizens.
However, Pep Guardiola’s team have still won their last eight league matches, while keeping clean sheets in six of their last seven outings in the Premier League.
The reigning champions have also won five of their last six away matches in the English top-flight, including their last three away games. City have built their good recent form on solid defensive displays and have kept clean sheets in four of their last five matches on their travels in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace are without French centre-back Mamadou Sakho due to injury, while Max Meyer and James Tomkins are also fitness doubts.
With the Champions League quarter-final, second leg in midweek, City boss Guardiola is likely to rotate his squad. The Citizens have doubts over the fitness of Bernardo Silva and also Oleksandr Zinchenko. Gabriel Jesus is likely to start ahead of Sergio Aguero, while Vincent Kompany and Danilo could also start the clash.