Greetings, fellow Blues. City take on Crystal Palace today in a battle of #1 v #2 in the table... who would have thought I could actually type that? Jokes aside, Palace have enjoyed a strong start to the campaign under Alan Pardew, and will look for a repeat of last year's shock win over City in this fixture. Jason Puncheon hit the winner in that one, with a fantastic free kick to beat a lackluster City side. Let's hope today is different. Let's hope it's more of what we've seen in the first four fixtures of the phenomenal season thus far.
Today's TV listings:
UK - Sky Sports; USA - NBCSN; Australia - FOX Sports 2; Canada - TSN4, TSN1
Lineups are in at Selhust Park:
CITY XI: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (C), Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Navas, Bony, Aguero #palacevcity pic.twitter.com/ELBxhy9Xb1— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 12, 2015
#CPFC XI: McCarthy; Kelly, Dann (C), Hangeland, Souare; McArthur, Cabaye; Zaha, Puncheon, Sako; Bolasie. #CRYMCI pic.twitter.com/yr2T9LQzNn— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) September 12, 2015
CITY SUBS: Caballero, Demichelis, Otamanedi, Garcia, Roberts, Iheanacho, De Bruyne. #palacevcity— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 12, 2015
Interesting lineup for City as it appears Manuel Pellegrini has opted for the 4-4-2 in the absence of David Silva, who misses out due to injury. Wilfried Bony steps in, while Samir Nasri gets the nod as Raheem Sterling is not amongst the substitutes. Kevin De Bruyne is on the bench, however, alongside a slew of youngsters in Iheanacho, Roberts, and Manu Garcia. Might we see them get some time today? Bacary Sagna also retains his position despite a midweek withdrawal in France's match, which allows Otamendi to remain on the bench.
Thoughts on the lineup? Prediction for the match? Comment away!