The Premier League is back, and the leaders Manchester City have a big opportunity to get another big win and stay on top of the table when they welcome bottom of the league Crystal Palace to the Etihad.
Palace began the first team in the history of English football’s top flight to end the first five matches of the season with zero goals and zero points, and new manager Roy Hodgson hasn’t had time to change things yet. The Eagles won’t be looking to fly at the Etihad; they’ll sit deep and park a bus for 90 minutes, looking for a set piece or freak mistake from City to get a shocking result.
This could be a shocking Saturday for the Blues if they take the game 99% seriously and don’t work their absolute hardest for the victory. This looks like an easy game on paper, but this is Manchester City and literally anything can happen. This is Typical City for a reason.
MATCH INFO, TV/STREAMING
Date/Time: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 3pm (UK & Nigeria), 10am ET, 7am PT (USA), 7:30pm IST (India)
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Television: Not Televised (UK), NBCSN (USA), SuperSport 2 (Nigeria), Sportsnet (Canada), Star Sports Select 2 (India)
Online streaming: NBC Sports Live (USA), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)
(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)
There’s a giant Typical City potential in this game, so Pep Guardiola will make sure he puts out a really strong lineup to secure the win as soon as possible. Thanks to the rotations against West Brom in midweek, the biggest stars in the squad were rested and will all come back, including David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Agüero. Expect a very similar lineup to the team that battered Watford FC last week, with the only likely change being Leroy Sané in place of Raheem Sterling.
Manchester City (4-3-3)
Éderson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; G. Jesus, Agüero, Sané
Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1)
Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Sakho, Schlupp; McArthur, Cabaye; Townsend, Loftus-Cheek, Puncheon; Benteke
This game screams Typical City, but we’ll take this game seriously and get a very good win: 3-0 to the Blues.