Fresh from hitting Aston Villa for six, Manchester City will be looking to cut the lead on Liverpool when they host Crystal Palace at the Etihad on Saturday.
The defending Champions have won five matches in a row and will be high on confidence heading into this fixture. Already 14 points behind the leaders Liverpool who have a game in hand, Pep Guardiola’s side cannot afford any more slip-ups, especially on home turf.
Interestingly Crystal Palace is one of the teams who beat Manchester City at the Etihad last season. Palace, however, are not in a good run of form and have won just one of their last five fixtures in all competitions.
Roy Hodgson’s team is ninth in the table which is a healthy position for a team that mainly focuses on avoiding relegation.
Manchester City will be without Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane who are still out with long term injuries.
Palace continues to deal with mounting injury problems, with a lack of options at left-back potentially leading to an outing for Sam Woods. Hodgson’s options are further limited by the suspension of Luka Milivojevic, who was sent off against Derby
On a positive note, Christian Benteke has shaken off a minor injury to make himself available for selection.
Manchester City to score more than three goals @2.11