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Crystal Palace v Man City preview, confirmed line-ups and prediction

By Steve Jennings

Published: 16:45, 19 October 2019

Manchester City must bounce back from their shock defeat to Wolves in order to avoid the eight-point gap between themselves and Liverpool widening further.

A tricky trip to Crystal Palace will test the champions’ title credentials. Roy Hodgson’s side currently sit sixth, just two points behind City.

The Eagles can actually go above Pep Guardiola’s men with a win, but the visitors will be determined to get their title challenge back on track.

Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, key men and more.

When is Crystal Palace vs Man City and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Selhurst Park

Date: Saturday, 19 October 2019

Kick-off: 5:30 PM BST

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League

Last five meetings: Crystal Palace vs Man City

14 April 2019: Crystal Palace 1-3 Man City (Premier League)

22 December 2018: Man City 2-3 Crystal Palace (Premier League)

31 December 2017: Crystal Palace 0-0 Man City (Premier League)

23 September 2017: Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace (Premier League)

6 May 2017: Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Crystal Palace (LWDLL) 4-15 Man City (WLDWW)

Ones to watch

Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha

After hitting double figures in terms of Premier League goals for the first time last season, Wilfried Zaha is yet to find the net this term. So who better to open his account against than his former club’s rivals?

Regardless of his lack of goals, Zaha continues to contribute to Palace’s attacking play, particularly on the counter. He remains a master at drawing fouls; only Jack Grealish has been fouled more often this season. City will have to be careful whenever Zaha breaks down the pitch.

Key stat: Zaha has completed at least 12 more dribbles than any other player in the Premier League this season (38).

Man City: Kevin De Bruyne

City struggled to break down Wolves last time out without their talismanic creator. Upon his return, he will look to exploit any gaps Palace leave with his unmatched passing ability.

The Belgian has already provided eight assists in just seven Premier League appearances this term. With attacking teammates like Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling ahead of him, he can’t really lose. But without him, City can sometimes become predictable.

Key stat: De Bruyne has created more chances than any other Premier League player this season (29).

Team news

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Squawka prediction

Guardiola will surely have his players up for this one. Dropping points would be devastating, particularly if Liverpool beat Manchester United on Sunday. If City are driven, they could win convincingly in the capital.

Scoreline prediction: Crystal Palace 0-4 Man City