Guardiola and co look to take huge step towards Premier League glory
Manchester City can lay one hand on the Premier League trophy if they beat Crystal Palace in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Two more wins will secure the top-flight title for City but a win against Palace would be enough if Liverpool beat Manchester United on Sunday.
City have been in superb form in all competition in recent weeks and beat Tottenham to the Carabao Cup last weekend.
They smashed Palace 4-0 in January and the Eagles now have little left to play for this season having seemingly secured their Premier League status.
Pep Guardiola’s men are in the middle of their Champions League semi-final showdown with Paris Saint-Germain but he’ll want no mistakes in south London this weekend.
Crystal Palace v Man City: How to listen
This match will get under way at 12:30pm on Saturday, May 1.
Full coverage from Selhurst Park will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 11am.
Reshmin Chowdhury will be your host and commentary will come from Sam Matterface and Dean Ashton.
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Crystal Palace v Man City: Confirmed team news
Manchester City have put several key players on the bench ahead of their Champions League semi-final against PSG next week.
Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus come into the side, while Kevin De Bruyne is among a star-studded list of substitutes.
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kouyate, Dann, Mitchell, Riedewald, Milivojevic, Eze, Townsend, Benteke, Zaha.
Subs: Butland, van Aanholt, Ayew, Mateta, Schlupp, McCarthy,
Batshuayi, Cahill, Kelly.
Man City: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Laporte, Ake, Mendy, Torres, Rodri, Fernandinho, Sterling, Aguero, Gabriel Jesus.
Subs: Walker, Dias, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Steffen, De Bruyne,
Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Foden.
Crystal Palace v Man City: What’s been said?
Man City boss Pep Guardiola: “It’s a lot of games and the problem is the shortness of time. It is home, game, home, travel, travel, here, here, game, game, travel.
“You cannot enjoy one game. We don’t have time to sit back one day or two, take a break and see what has happened.
“The team has been more resilient and calm. When you play every three days you don’t have time to see things clearly, because it’s the next one – then travel, then organise the team, then whatever.
“This is the most difficult thing when you play a lot of games, but the difference here is lockdown – our lives have changed completely – and it’s a shorter period of time.
“That makes this season so special for everyone. Winning one title already, close to another and playing another ‘final’ on Tuesday. It has been exceptional.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the last four weeks ahead of us but the season has been extraordinary already.”
Crystal Palace v Man City: Match stats and facts
- Crystal Palace have lost 13 of their last 17 Premier League meetings with Man City (W2 D2), failing to score on 10 occasions in that run.
- Manchester City are unbeaten in their last five Premier League away games against Crystal Palace (W4 D1), since a 2-1 defeat in April 2015.
- Crystal Palace have won just two of their 23 Premier League games against sides at the top of the table (D4 L17), with both of those victories coming against Chelsea (March 2014 and April 2017). The Eagles lost their last such game 7-0 at home to Liverpool in December.
- Only Newcastle (27) and West Bromwich Albion (33) have conceded more home goals than Crystal Palace in the Premier League this season (25). Meanwhile, Manchester City have scored more away goals than any other side this term (32).
- Manchester City have won each of their last 10 Premier League away games by an aggregate score of 26-4. Victory here will equal the all-time English top-flight record for consecutive away wins, currently held by Chelsea (April-December 2008) and Man City themselves (May-December 2017).
- Man City have conceded the first goal in each of their last two Premier League games, more than they had in their previous 23 in the competition (1). They last conceded first in three consecutive league games back in November 2019, coming back to win two of those (L1).
- Crystal Palace have lost back-to-back league games for the sixth time this season. They last lost more consecutively in June/July 2020 (a run of 7).
- Man City’s Raheem Sterling has been involved in seven goals in his last seven starts against Crystal Palace in the Premier League (6 goals, 1 assist).
- Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has scored 10 Premier League goals this season, his joint-best return in a single league campaign in his career. He’s just the second player to reach double figures in two separate Premier League campaigns for the Eagles, after Luka Milivojevic.
- Man City striker Gabriel Jesus has scored 49 goals in 126 Premier League appearances, and could become just the second Brazilian to reach 50 in the competition after Roberto Firmino.