Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace Preview – Prediction, Team news, Lineups

After securing a midweek Champions League victory in Belgrade, Manchester City returns to Premier League action at the Etihad Stadium against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Sitting fourth in the Premier League standings, Manchester City faces a Crystal Palace side placed 15th and grappling with a poor run of form.

Match Preview

Manchester City broke their four-game winless run in the Premier League with a 2-1 win against Luton Town last weekend.

Additionally, they maintained a perfect record in this season’s Champions League with a 3-2 win against Red Star Belgrade, fielding a much-changed lineup where academy graduates Micah Hamilton and Oscar Bobb scored their first senior goals for the club.

However, in the Premier League, their recent performances have allowed Liverpool, Arsenal, and Aston Villa to surpass them in the table.

Guardiola’s side aims to regain momentum as they return to the Etihad Stadium, where they’ve been unbeaten in their last 18 league games.

Crystal Palace, after leading against Liverpool until the final minutes, succumbed to a 2-1 defeat due to a late turnaround. They’ve struggled to find form, picking up just five points in their last 45 available.

Despite their recent struggles, Palace has a history of causing upsets, having defeated Manchester City twice at their home ground since Guardiola’s arrival in 2016.

Team News

Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Jeremy Doku face uncertainties due to injuries and are likely to return after the weekend.

Kevin De Bruyne remains sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Guardiola is expected to bring back several regular starters, including Ederson, Walker, Dias, and Ake in defense, along with Rodri and Kovacic in midfield. Grealish and Foden should return in the attacking third.

Crystal Palace faces injury issues with several players like Sam Johnstone, Jefferson Lerma, and Odsonne Edouard picking up injuries against Liverpool.

Jordan Ayew is suspended, and Tyrick Mitchell is doubtful due to a hip injury. Nathaniel Clyne might continue at left-back, and Mateta could lead the line in Edouard’s absence.

Predicted Lineups

Manchester City: (4-2-3-1)

Ederson;

Walker, Stones, Dias, Ake;

Kovacic, Rodri;

Foden, Bernardo, Grealish;

Alvarez

Crystal Palace: (4-3-3)

Matthews;

Ward, Guehi, Andersen, Clyne;

Richards, Ahamada, Hughes;

Olise, Mateta, Schlupp

Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace has troubled Manchester City before but considering their current form and injury concerns, it seems unlikely for them to stage another upset.

Manchester City might not be at full strength, but they possess quality in their squad to secure a comfortable win at home.

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