Manchester City may win Premier League championship glory by the end of the weekend if they can defeat Crystal Palace. For Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff at Selhurst Park, here’s the team news on Crystal Palace vs Manchester City.
Man City won the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain by 1-2 in the midweek.
Crystal Palace lost by the same scoreline to Leicester City on Monday night. The hosts will have had five days to recover from it.
- Crystal Palace may be without seven key players for Saturday’s match against Manchester City.
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup: Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Dann, Van Aanholt; Ayew, Milivojevic, McCarthy, Eze; Zaha, Benteke
- Pep Guardiola has a whole roster to choose from. The coach may start with a team similar to the one that played PSG in the Champions League semi-finals. Apart from the suspended John Stones, the lineup may look like it did on Wednesday night.
- Kevin De Bruyne’s inclusion in the starting XI on Saturday will be surprising, given his recent ankle injury.
- Guardiola could also hold back players like Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan in preparation for the second leg next week.
- Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte, both left-footers, have never played center-back together. So, at centre-back, Eric Garica could make one last appearance before moving to Barcelona this season.
Man City predicted XI: (4-3-3) Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Torres, Jesus, Sterling
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City Prediction
- This season, it’s been easy to forget about Crystal Palace. They’ve declined for months now after a promising start to the season. They have just won one of their last seven matches. They should be safe from relegation with 11 points on the board. So, while they will definitely cruise to the end of the season, winning over a Champions-League-favourite team will be improbable.
- If Manchester City defeat Crystal Palace on Saturday they may regain the Premier League trophy. If Manchester United lose to Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, City will win for sure.
- But their focus will most likely be on the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain next week. Even so, they have a strong enough squad to take three points.
Palace may be positive about their chances of a shock outcome due to the many anticipated changes from Man City.
However, City’s record on the road, their form away, is unrivaled.
Other results must go their way for Guardiola’s side to clinch the Premier League title with four games to spare.
And they can give themselves the best shot possible by winning comfortably at Selhurst Park.