- 12 Apr
- From the section Premier League
Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins will miss the rest of the season after injuring his groin at Newcastle.
Fellow centre-back Mamadou Sakho remains out with a knee problem but Max Meyer is available after sitting out the last game because of illness.
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva missed the defeat at Tottenham with a thigh strain and faces a fitness test.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, who been absent for the last two games with a hamstring injury, will also be monitored.
Left-back Benjamin Mendy may make his first league start since the Manchester derby five months ago, while Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane could be in line for recalls.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@Wilsonfooty: Selhurst Park has famously been a graveyard for title campaigns in the past. Liverpool’s challenge fell off a cliff there in 2014 and Manchester City’s went the same way – albeit in less spectacular fashion – a year later.
More recently, Palace fans will recall that goal. The volley from Andros Townsend which helped them become the only side to win a league game at the Etihad in the last 12 months will live long in the memory – and would be my choice for Goal of the Season.
So City go to south London with defeat at Spurs still smarting, and revenge on their minds.
Winning won’t be easy against a Palace side who are realistically, if not quite numerically, safe from relegation. The outcome at Selhurst by 4pm will entirely determine the mood at Anfield as Liverpool kick-off against Chelsea at 4.30pm.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “It’s a dangerous thing to say you’re safe until it’s mathematically true. The teams below us would have a lot to do to catch us though.
“We are capable of beating every other team in this league. When you’ve been in the league six seasons and looking to embark on your seventh, you can call yourself established.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “Selhurst Park is always difficult because of the stadium and the quality of the [Crystal Palace] players.
“Roy Hodgson is an experienced manager [who has worked in] a lot of different countries, he knows how to handle these situations. Nobody felt he could stay up last season and he did it, and he’s doing the same this season.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola cannot have been happy with the way his side played in their Champions League defeat by Tottenham on Tuesday, and I am expecting a reaction here.
Palace are safe – or as good as safe – after their win at Newcastle last week and, with only four wins from 16 games at Selhurst Park, their home record this season is not exactly impressive.
- Manchester City are winless in their last two games against Crystal Palace, including a 3-2 defeat at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season. Prior to this they had claimed seven consecutive victories against Palace in all competitions.
- Palace could complete a top-flight double over City for the first time since the 1972-73 season.
- The Eagles have never recorded a top-flight double against the reigning champions.
- Palace can win back-to-back league games for just the second time this season, with the first occasion December’s victories against Leicester and then Manchester City.
- The win at City before Christmas is Palace’s only victory in 10 league games this season against sides from the established top six (D2, L7).
- The Eagles have won just 41% of their points at home this season (16 of 39), the lowest percentage in the top flight.
- Only relegated clubs Fulham and Huddersfield have earned fewer points at home than Palace in the current campaign.
- The Londoners’ next goal will be their 800th in the top flight.
- Luka Milivojevic is one short of equalling the Premier League record for most penalties scored in a season, set by fellow Palace player Andrew Johnson, who converted 11 in 2004-05.
- Manchester City have won eight successive Premier League games, keeping a clean sheet in six of the last seven.
- City can equal their club league record by keeping a fourth consecutive clean sheet away from home.
- They have won eight of their last 10 top-flight matches in London (D1, L1), with their only defeat the 2-0 loss to Chelsea in December.
- Pep Guardiola has won 23 of 27 Premier League matches against English managers, with his only defeat coming against Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
- Sergio Aguero is without a goal in all five of his previous appearances at Selhurst Park.
- Aguero is one short of becoming the second player to score at least 20 Premier League goals in six different seasons. Alan Shearer did so in seven separate campaigns.
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