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Eagles to Test City’s Mettle in Premier Clash

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace: Premier League Showdown

Premier League fans are gearing up for an exciting match this weekend as Manchester City hosts Crystal Palace. The Cityzens, under Pep Guardiola, are aiming for another win to maintain their momentum in the league. However, Crystal Palace, led by Roy Hodgson, are not a team to underestimate, having pulled off some surprising results at the Etihad in the past.

This encounter promises to be more than just a routine game. The Eagles, though currently in a less favorable position in the league, have a history of challenging the top teams. Manchester City, on the other hand, comes off a successful trip to Belgrade, showcasing the depth and talent in their squad.

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Head-to-Head Record and Recent Form

In their last five encounters, Manchester City has had the upper hand with three wins, while Crystal Palace managed to secure one, with one game ending in a draw. Looking at their current form, Manchester City appears stronger with three wins in their last five matches across all competitions, compared to Palace’s struggle with three losses.

Match Details: Time, Location and Broadcast

The match is scheduled for Saturday, 16 December, at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Kick-off is at 15:00 GMT. Fans can catch the game live on various channels depending on their location. In the UK, it’s available on BBC Radio 5 Live, while viewers in the USA can watch it on NBC Sports App, nbcsports.com, Telemundo, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, USA Network, and UNIVERSO. Canadian fans can tune in via fuboTV Canada.

Country TV Channel / Live Stream
United Kingdom BBC Radio 5 Live
United States NBC Sports App, nbcsports.com, Telemundo, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, USA Network, UNIVERSO
Canada fuboTV Canada

 

Team News: Manchester City

Pep Guardiola faces some selection dilemmas, particularly with Jack Grealish and star striker Erling Haaland nursing injuries. The availability of Jeremy Doku is also in question, creating a challenge for Guardiola in crafting his attacking lineup.

Predicted Manchester City Lineup

Manchester City are likely to field a strong team in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation. Ederson is set to start in goal, with a back four of Walker, Dias, Ake, and Gvardiol. The midfield could see Rodri and Kovacic holding the fort, while Silva, Nunes, and Foden support Alvarez upfront.

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Team News: Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace faces its own set of challenges. Key players like Jordan Ayew, Cheick Doucoure, Rob Holding, and Eberechi Eze are out due to various reasons. Goalkeeping concerns persist with Sam Johnstone’s injury and Dean Henderson still sidelined, possibly leading Hodgson to rely on Remi Matthews.

Predicted Crystal Palace Lineup

Palace might line up in a 4-3-3 formation. The defense could consist of Ward, Andersen, Guehi, and Clyne, with Hughes, Richards, and Ahamada forming the midfield trio. The front three might feature Olise, Edouard, and Schlupp, aiming to breach the City defense.

Match Prediction

Considering the form and team strength, Manchester City seems poised for a comfortable victory. Their excellent home record and the rest afforded to key players midweek make them the favorites. Crystal Palace’s injury woes and recent form further tilt the odds in City’s favor.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

In conclusion, this Premier League clash is more than just a game of football. It’s a test of resilience for Crystal Palace and an opportunity for Manchester City to solidify their position in the league. Fans across the globe eagerly await the outcome of what promises to be an enthralling match.

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