Palace Poised To Pounce

Bony has only played a handful of games in the Sky Blue. Image courtesy of mirror.co.uk

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Crystal Palace v Manchester City


Selhurst Park, London

Tuesday April 7 –   5:00am (AEST)

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The end of Round 31 of the EPL sees Manchester City travel to mid-table Crystal Palace on Tuesday (AEST).

As Chelsea run away with the English title, Manchester City must go on with the job to ensure Champions League qualification. The Blues headed into this weekend’s round of fixtures with a six-point buffer at the top with a game in hand, making the margin between themselves and City just about uncatchable. Manuel Pelligrini will push his side to hold second spot from the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, and a win against Crystal Palace would almost guarantee a Top 4 finish. With a host of players returning from international duty, Pelligrini may decide to call upon his fringe players, including Wilfired Bony and Edin Dzeko .

With no relegation to fight off or European football to play for, there’s not much motivation for Crystal Palace heading into this match. That doesn’t mean they’re going to hand over the three points to the visitors, especially in front of the Selhurst Park faithful. Alan Pardew has transformed the club in the four months he’s been in charge, and he may choose to give some of the younger players some experience against one of the competition's heavyweights. Young duo Wilfried Zaha and Dwight Gayle would relish the opportunity to line up on Tuesday morning, and they should get the chance given captain Mile Jedinak remains unavailable due to suspension.

City won the corresponding fixture 3-0 earlier in the season, and all things signal another victory to the Sky Blues is coming. They’ve won the last seven straight head-to-head meetings leading into this clash, including four victories by two goals or more .

 

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