Manchester City vs Crystal Palace: Preview, Dream11 and stats
Manchester City will hope to maintain pressure atop in the Premier League 2020-21 season when they take on Crystal Palace at the Etihad later tonight. City are fourth at the moment and three points will take them to 35, above Leicester City on goal difference. They can either go second or third depending on the Liverpool-Manchester United result. Here's the preview.
Man City have some winnable fixtures coming their way starting with the Palace encounter. Pep Guardiola will be hoping to derive the maximum from these games which come at a fast pace. Against a well-organized Palace side, City need to find a way through. They have the quality in attack to pick spaces. Defensively, City have been superb and Palace could struggle against them.
Manchester City are set to be without Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake. Sergio Aguero is self-isolating but Eric Garcia could be involved. For Palace, Mamadou Sakho continues to be sidelined with an ongoing thigh injury, while Martin Kelly is still out.
Looking at the head-to-head meetings between the two sides, Manchester City have won seven of the past 10 league meetings. The hosts are on a 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions and have won their past seven fixtures. They have conceded just three goals during this phase. Crystal Palace are unbeaten in three league games and have kept two successive clean sheets.
Manchester City predicted starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Sterling, Jesus, Torres. Crystal Palace predicted starting XI: Guaita; Ward, Tomkins, Kouyate, Mitchell; Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Eze; Zaha, Benteke. Dream11 team prediction (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Kouyate, Ward; Schlupp, McArthur, Fernandinho, De Bruyne (c), Zaha, Foden. Match prediction: Manchester City 1-0 Crystal Palace.
The match is set to start at 12:45 AM IST. One can watch the match live on the Star Sports Network and stream the same on the Hotstar app (paid subscription).