Manchester City vs. Palace: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Live Stream, TV Info

Rob PollardFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28:  Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City shoots  only to see his shot saved by goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey of Crystal Palace during the Capital One Cup fourth round match at the Etihad Stadium on October 28, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Manchester City host Crystal Palace on Saturday just three days after being denied a last-minute penalty in their 0-0 draw with Everton.

Raheem Sterling was deemed to have gone down too easily by referee Roger East and City had to settle for a point. With Arsenal drawing at Anfield, City’s chance to reduce the gap at the top of the table to a single point was taken away from them.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side remain third in the table. Their lack of consistency is holding them back and they desperately need a run of good results.

Palace arrive in eighth position and pose a real threat to City. Alan Pardew has put together a very useful side who have pace on the break and some gifted players who can damage the opposition.

The two sides have met seven times in the Premier League, with City winning six, including the 1-0 win at Selhurst Park in September courtesy of Kelechi Iheanacho’s last-gasp winner.

City have scored 29 league goals at home this season—the highest in the division.

Manchester City's Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north we
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Date: Saturday, January 16

Kick-off: 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET

TV Listings: NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra (US)

Livestream: SuperSport 

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— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) January 15, 2016

 

Form Guide

Manchester City

Everton 0-0 Manchester City 

Norwich City 0-3 Manchester City (FA Cup)

Everton 2-1 Manchester City (League Cup)

Watford 1-2 Manchester City

Leicester 0-0 Manchester City

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City takes on Bakary Sako of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on September 12, 2015 in London, United Kingdom
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Crystal Palace 

Aston Villa 1-0 Crystal Palace 

Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace (FA Cup)

Crystal Palace 0-3 Chelsea 

Crystal Palace 0-0 Swansea 

Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace 

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  Dwight Gayle of Crystal Palace replaces Bakary Sako of Crystal Palace as Alan Pardew, manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park
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Predicted Formations 

Manchester City

City are without Fernandinho, Eliaquim Mangala, Vincent Kompany, Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri. 

Manchester City (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Roberts, Silva, Toure, Zuculini, Aguero, Bony, Iheanacho, Sterling.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Demichelis, Clichy; Delph, Toure; Navas, De Bruyne, Silva; Aguero 

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace and Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on September 12, 2015 in Lond
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Crystal Palace 

Pardew is without Yannick Bolasie (hip) and Dwight Gayle (hamstring). 

Crystal Palace (from): Hennessey, McCarthy, Speroni, Dann, Delaney, Hangeland, Kelly, Mariappa, Souare, Ward, Cabaye, Guedioura, Jedinak, Ledley, Lee, McArthur, Mutch, Puncheon, Sako, Williams, Zaha, Campbell, Chamakh, Wickham.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Speroni; Ward, Delamey, Dann, Souare; McArthur, Cabaye; Zaha, Puncheon, Sako; Wickham 

Cham was showing his #CPFC teammates the love at training today! 😘😘😘 https://t.co/W55jtBnCpr

— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) January 15, 2016

 

Players To Watch

Manchester City: Sergio Aguero 

He may not have hit top gear yet this season, but Sergio Aguero is a huge talent and remains City's most potent player in front of goal. 

He was quiet against Everton on Wednesday, but last weekend against Norwich, he produced a sparkling display.

⚽️Skills from Sergio Aguero as he scores for @MCFC in their #EmiratesFACup win at @NorwichCityFC yesterday. https://t.co/X91TIZA5Kn

— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 10, 2016

The second half of the season is crucial for City and Aguero is key to their title hopes. 

At his best, City have a far better chance of lifting the Premier League trophy. It's that simple. 

 

Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha 

Former Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha may remain an inconsistent player, but his capability is clear.

He is a gifted young player, one capable of beating players and creating space for others to prosper. 

He has pace to burn, and with Yohan Cabaye a superb passer capable of releasing him at will, it's a dangerous facet of Palace's play.

They don't mind allowing the opposition to dominate the ball because they know when they win it back, they can break quickly and cause damage. 

See what Wilf got up to in #CPFC training this morning in our new Player In Focus on https://t.co/TTogt72Aro. https://t.co/WJ67eUlYLK

— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) January 15, 2016

 

Key Battle

Yaya Toure vs. Yohan Cabaye 

Yahan Cabaye will need to keep one eye on City's Yaya Toure, a player capable of having a huge influence on his side's attacking game. 

The Ivorian was excellent against Everton in midweek, with his superb passing, strength and running power central to City's best moments.

He's struggled in recent weeks to produce his best form consistently, particularly during periods where City have to negotiate a lot of games.

Can he play two games in a short space of time any more? 

When he's rested and in form, there are few better.

Everton's English midfielder Ross Barkley (R) vies with Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Everton at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north west England on January
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Odds

Manchester City: 73/192

Crystal Palace: 166/25

Draw: 93/25

(via Odds Shark)

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— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) January 15, 2016

 

Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2015/16 season. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow him on Twitter @RobPollard_.