Palace Struggle Set To Continue

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Mile Jedinak's Crystal Palace have struggled this season. Image courtesy of skysports.com

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Man City v Crystal Palace


Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Friday December 20 –   10:45pm (AEST)

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Manchester City host Crystal Palace on Saturday night (AEST) looking to close the gap between themselves and leaders Chelsea.

After losing to West Ham in week nine, the Sky Blues have picked themselves up like true champions do. Manuel Pelligrini has seen his side maintain the pressure on the Blues by winning six of their past seven matches and drawing the other. With Sergio Aguero out, Edin Dzeko was supposed to fill the void, but after injuring himself in the warm up ahead of last week’s win over Leicester, it has left City with a gapping hole up front. Steven Jovetic remains only a slight chance to play as he continues to recover from injury, leaving youngster Jose Pozo in line to feature for the club for just the fourth time.

Like last season’s champions, Crystal Palace are having a hard time keeping their attackers fit. Former Arsenal striker Maouane Chamakh remains on the sidelines as he battles a hamstring injury, while Wilfred Zaha is also in doubt after picking up a knock against Stoke. Their toothless presence up front has seen them win just once in their past 11 outings and drop down to 16th, one point above relegation. Dwight Gale will be hoping he can recoup the rich vein of form he reached last season, and he’s in the first goal scorer market.

Although City have an extensive absentee list, this is shaping up to be a real David and Goliath contest. Crystal Palace have been struggled against some of the lower English sides this season, and they haven’t tasted defeat over City since 2001.

 

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