Preview - Crystal Palace vs Man City 31 Dec

Started by Bensergi, Dec 31, 2017, 04:29 PM

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Crystal Palace vs Man City

Man City are aiming to end a calendar year with a EPL victory. Should they clinch it, that will be a first since 2013. In previous year-enders, they lost 1-0 at Liverpool in 2016 and played to draws against Burnley and Leicester in 2014 and 2015.

Also on offer for the rampaging City side, who have won 18 EPL matches in a row, are that they can become the first EPL team to beat an opponent three straight times by a five-goal margin.

That set of opponents happen to be Crystal Palace. The last two meetings ended 5-0 to City.

Palace lost 3-2 to Arsenal on Wednesday, a narrow defeat which also snapped their eight-match unbeaten run. Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham will sit out this Selhurst Park matchup.

City captain Vincent Kompany (calf) is expected to be available despite limping off in the 1-0 win at Newcastle. Fabian Delph (muscular) has a chance of returning and John Stones is back in full training, though the centre-back is not ready for a full 90 minutes. David Silva (other) is doubtful.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City


Match Stats:

  • Crystal Palace 0-0 Man City
  • Shots: 10-15
  • Possession: 26%-74%
  • Corner kicks: 7-8

Ederson saved a stoppage-time penalty to keep Manchester City unbeaten this season with a dramatic 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.

The result ends the Premier League leaders' record 18-match winning run.

Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic had the chance to inflict on City their first defeat of the campaign after Raheem Sterling had fouled Wilfried Zaha, but his penalty down the middle was stopped by Ederson's legs.

Ederson had saved Patrick van Aanholt's deflected shot in the first half before Eagles defender Scott Dann and City forward Gabriel Jesus were forced off injured.

In the second half, Leroy Sane's shot was saved at point-blank range by Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey while Andros Townsend fired over a fantastic chance.

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