Premier League
Man City1Crystal Palace0

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

Alvaro Negredo

Barclays Premier League

Venue:
Etihad Stadium
Date:
Saturday, 28 December

Line-ups

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 38BoyataSubstituted forNegredoat 55'minutes
  • 22Clichy
  • 25FernandinhoSubstituted forNasriat 55'minutes
  • 4Kompany
  • 33Nastasic
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 14Javi García
  • 10Dzeko
  • 21SilvaBooked at 89mins
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forKolarovat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Lescott
  • 8Nasri
  • 9Negredo
  • 13Kolarov
  • 17Rodwell
  • 30Pantilimon
  • 42Y Touré

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 3Mariappa
  • 4Parr
  • 2Ward
  • 19Gabbidon
  • 27DelaneyBooked at 81mins
  • 13Puncheon
  • 15Jedinak
  • 30JeromeSubstituted forChamakhat 35'minutes
  • 46BannanSubstituted forGayleat 81'minutes
  • 7BolasieSubstituted forWilliamsat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Campaña
  • 9Phillips
  • 16Gayle
  • 20Williams
  • 21Moxey
  • 29Chamakh
  • 34Price
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
47,107

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home23
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 1, Crystal Palace 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Crystal Palace 0.

Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace).

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross following a fast break.

Booking

David Silva (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace).

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle replaces Barry Bannan.

Booking

Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace).

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jonathan Williams replaces Yannick Bolasie.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces James Milner.

Attempt missed. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Joe Hart.

Attempt saved. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 1, Crystal Palace 0. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Joe Hart.

Attempt saved. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.

Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Gabbidon (Crystal Palace).

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jesús Navas.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Álvaro Negredo replaces Dedryck Boyata.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Samir Nasri replaces Fernandinho.

goal

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City's fit-again defender Matija Nastasic could be recalled against Crystal Palace, having been among the substitutes on Boxing Day.

Martin Demichelis missed that match because of injury, and Sergio Aguero, Micah Richards and Stevan Jovetic are all still out.

Crystal Palace forward Marouane Chamakh is available after suspension.

The recalled Yannick Bolasie impressed in the 1-0 win at Aston Villa and may keep his place.

MATCH PREVIEW

Notwithstanding their fully-merited Boxing Day win against Aston Villa, you fear for Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium. But, then, you fear for any side visiting Manchester City this season.

Christmas leaders Liverpool had the temerity to open the scoring at the home of the 2012 champions on Boxing Day but they eventually succumbed to defeat, just like every other Premier League visitor before them.

Yes, Liverpool worried City and the hosts benefitted from one or two controversial decisions, but Manuel Pellegrini's side demonstrated they can dig in when not at their devastating best.

Nonetheless, devastating has been City's default setting, of course.

They have put seven goals past Norwich, scored six against both Tottenham and Arsenal and four against Manchester United and Newcastle. In fact, four goals in a home match works out as below average for City this season!

Avoiding defeat on Saturday would seem an impossible job for Tony Pulis. Then again, keeping Crystal Palace up seemed an impossible job when Pulis was appointed in November. Four wins - and clean sheets - in seven games have followed as the Eagles have flown the prickly nest of the relegation zone.

The stoppage-time goal by Dwight Gayle that earned them victory at Aston Villa on Boxing Day was a top-class strike from a player who Pulis had publically doubted beforehand was ready for the Premier League.

Plenty of people have thought the same about the Crystal Palace squad in general this season, but Pulis has marshalled his side into an organised and tenacious bunch.

They have not, though, faced a side as ruthless and rampant at home as Manchester City. The visitors will need to summon all of their recently-acquired qualities, and ride their luck, to prevent a comfortable home victory.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Crystal Palace have lost their last three trips to Manchester City and are winless in seven attempts since a 2-0 top-flight victory on 22 December 1990.

Manchester City

  • City are the only team in the Premier League this season yet to drop a point at home. They have also scored in each of their last 59 Premier League home games.
  • If they score on Saturday, City will break their own Premier League record of 53 goals from the opening 19 games, set in 2011-12.
  • They are unbeaten in their last seven league matches (W6, D1) but are attempting to earn four successive wins for the first time under Manuel Pellegrini.
  • City are unbeaten in their final game of the year since returning to the Premier League in 2002-03 (W5, D6).
  • Alvaro Negredo has scored in each of his last nine appearances at the Etihad Stadium.

Crystal Palace

  • Tony Pulis has won nine points from his six Premier League games in charge of Crystal Palace - two more than Ian Holloway and Keith Millen won combined from 12 matches.
  • The Eagles have kept five clean sheets in their last eight league fixtures.
  • They have only taken one point from their nine games against top-half opposition.
  • Palace have scored the fewest goals in the division (12) and failed to recover any points from losing positions.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City19132454213341
2Arsenal18123336181839
3Chelsea18114333181537
4Liverpool18113443212236
5Everton1897229171234
6Man Utd19104532221034
7Newcastle1810352923633
8Tottenham189451924-531
9Southampton187652518727
10Hull196582223-123
11Swansea195682425-121
12Stoke185671826-821
13Aston Villa195591825-720
14Norwich1954101632-1619
15West Brom193972227-518
16Cardiff194691530-1518
17Crystal Palace1951131228-1616
18Fulham1951131941-2216
19West Ham1936101828-1015
20Sunderland1935111532-1714
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