When Manchester City visits Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace on Saturday night, they will try to maintain pressure on Premier League title rivals Arsenal.
Crystal Palace has had a rough start to the year 2023. Their last win was on New Year’s Eve when they beat Bournemouth 2-0. Since then, they have struggled to find their form, going through a ten-game winless run, including four losses and five draws in their last nine Premier League matches.
The Eagles have held on to a few draws in their recent games against Brighton & Hove Albion, Brentford, and Liverpool. However, they suffered a close defeat of 1-0 at Aston Villa last weekend due to an own goal by Joachim Andersen just before the half-hour mark.
Patrick Vieira’s team has only managed to win six games out of the 26 they have played this season, with ten losses and ten draws.
They currently sit 12th in the table, but the threat of being pulled into a relegation battle is looming as they are only five points above the bottom three.
Crystal Palace PL Form: L D D D L
Next up: Crystal Palace 🅰️ pic.twitter.com/NyAa89RH5q
— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 9, 2023
Manchester City experienced a spell of frustrating draws against Nottingham Forest and RB Leipzig, where they missed multiple scoring opportunities. However, they have regained their form and have scored nine goals in their last three matches.
Their recent victories include back-to-back away wins against Bournemouth (4-1) and Bristol City (3-0), followed by a 2-0 home win over Newcastle United.
Manchester City has a decent away record in the Premier League this season, having secured seven wins, three draws, and three losses in 13 games.
However, they have already dropped more points away from home this season (15) than they did throughout the 2021-22 campaign (11). They are only behind Arsenal regarding points accumulated on the road this season.
Man City Form (All Competitions): D D W W W
Crystal Palace will be missing one of their key midfielders, Doucoure, for their upcoming match due to his suspension following a red card last weekend.
Additionally, two players, Sam Johnstone and Nathan Ferguson will be out of action due to injuries. Johnstone is nursing a calf injury, while Ferguson is recovering from an Achilles problem.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has reason to be optimistic about their upcoming match, as he may have a fully-fit squad to choose from.
Phil Foden, who recently admitted to a recurring foot problem, was back in team training this week despite his injury concerns following the win against Newcastle United.
#ManCity have a fully-fit squad in attendance and in training today ahead of Crystal Palace (A), with Phil Foden 'moving freely' after aggravating a foot problem during the win over Newcastle.
— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) March 8, 2023
Crystal Palace’s predicted starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Hughes, Lokonga, Eze; Ayew, Zaha, Olise
Manchester City’s predicted starting lineup:
Ederson; Lewis, Akanji, Dias, Ake; Bernardo, Rodri, De Bruyne; Foden, Haaland, Grealish
Head to Head
The upcoming match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City will mark the 28th meeting between the two clubs.
So far, Manchester City has been the dominant side, winning 19 of the 27 matches between them. On the other hand, Crystal Palace has won just four games, while four ended in draws.
Furthermore, Crystal Palace’s recent record against Manchester City at home could have been more impressive. The London-based club still needs to secure a win in their last seven Premier League home matches against Manchester City.
Time, Date & Venue
Date: Saturday, March 11
Time: 05:30 pm, GMT
Venue: Selhurst Park, London
Manchester City’s attacking prowess was on full display in the reverse fixture seven months ago when they scored four goals against Crystal Palace.
This suggests that they are more than capable of finding the back of the net against their upcoming opponents, and it’s only a matter of time before they do so.