Manchester City will be looking to tighten their grip on the 2020/21 Premier League when they travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday at 12:30pm (UK time).
Pep Guardiola’s side are currently 10 points clear of Manchester United atop the Premier League with five games left to play and could seal the title this weekend. A win against Crystal Palace coupled with a Man Utd loss to Liverpool will be enough to confirm Man City as Premier League winners for the third time in four seasons.
Man City go into the game in good momentum too, having won the Carabao Cup last weekend and beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have won just one of their past six games.
Read on for live stream information and key players ahead of this Premier League tie.
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Can Gabriel Jesus join Brazilian elite?
With a return clash against PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday, you can almost guarantee that Guardiola will rotate his Man City starting XI to keep things fresh. And the squad depth Man City has means Guardiola can do so without really negating their chances of winning. One such change should be in attack, with Man City likely to return to a recognised centre-forward.
In midweek, Kevin De Bruyne played as the False No.9, with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus unused substitutes as Guardiola made just one change at half-time, replacing Joao Cancelo with Oleksandr Zinchenko. It will be between Aguero and Jesus for who starts this weekend and, if recent history is anything to go by, Jesus will get the nod. The Brazilian hasn’t had the greatest of seasons in front of goal, but he remains a threat to the Crystal Palace defence.
Jesus has scored eight goals in 24 Premier League appearances so far this season, six fewer than he managed last season (in 34 appearances). However, he has been in decent form of late, scoring four goals in his past six Premier League appearances, including two away from home against Fulham and Leicester. Last time out against Aston Villa, he was the unfortunate casualty for John Stones’ red card, brought off at half-time and replaced by a defender as Man City reshuffled.
Guardiola has insisted his use of a False No.9 comes with no disrespect to the strikers he has in the squad, but is rather influenced by his love of midfielders who can keep the ball. “I like players with the ability to keep the ball, it is one of the biggest principles I look for,” he said.
“The ball is the best way to defend and people have to keep the ball in difficult circumstances. In all my career, I have played with a lot of midfield players. I have the feeling that you can play better with this, but at the same time we need everyone.
“Gabriel was so important this season, and I’m not going to talk about how important Kun has been and was in the past.”
If Jesus does start, he will have an important milestone in mind when baring down on goal. The 24-year-old has scored 49 Premier League goals in 126 Premier League games so far and needs one more strike to become just the second Brazilian player to reach 50 in the competition, after Roberto Firmino, who has gone on to hit 63.
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