Massive boost for Crystal Palace for Manchester City test

Esther Moore
Сентября 23, 2017

Pep Guardiola's men are flying at the moment, having plundered 17 goals in their last four matches across all competitions, and they will definitely sense a big opportunity for three points at the weekend.

The Eagles find themselves bottom after five games, but actually aren't the worst defensive team in the division - Bournemouth, West Ham, Everton, Leicester, Watford and Liverpool have all conceded more.

"But in the Premier League, every single team can beat the other one".

Palace may be pointless and goalless thus far in the league, but Guardiola anticipates another tough test on Saturday from Roy Hodgson's side. Vincent Kompany doubled the lead early in the second half and Kevin De Bruyne made sure of the three points 10 minutes later.

They have scored 35 goals in that process, with Palace losing on all five of their previous visits to the Etihad Stadium.

The Frenchman was given his first run out against Huddersfield Town in the League Cup this week to up his game time, and came through unscathed.

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Gundogan had to be taken off in City's Carabao Cup win over West Brom after a heavy tackle, while Kompany has missed four games since sustaining a knock on global duty.

Crystal Palace have no new injuries and could hand a start to defender Mamadou Sakho after he impressed in midweek.

Wilfried Zaha remains sidelined with the knee injury he sustained on the opening day of the season.

It's been a while since Crystal Palace started being linked to Fiorentina forward Khouma Babacar.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists that his side will show "a lot of respect" to struggling Crystal Palace when they meet at the Etihad on Saturday.

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