Competition/Round: 2019/20 English Premier League Season – Matchday 23
18th January 2020, 15:00(UK); 10:00 EST, 7:00 PST (USA)
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, UK
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Neil Davies, Derek Eaton
Fourth official: Jeremy Simpson
VAR: John Brooks
Assistant VAR: Adam Nunn
TV Info: NBC Sports Network (USA), DAZN (Canada)
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Manchester City welcome Crystal Palace to Manchester with more than keeping on Liverpool’s tail in mind. The Eagles recorded a shock 3-2 victory at Etihad Stadium and the bleus will be eager to prevent a repeat scoreline.
The blues sit fourteen points behind Liverpool in the Premier League and find themselves in the fans nightmare position of relying on neighbours United to take points of the Merseysiders. Some will say United will lose on purpose to stop City winning the league, but others say they will do everything possible to stop Liverpool winning it, so it’s a matter of which team they hate the most!
The blues have won every game in 2020 and go into the match on the back of battering Aston Villa 6-1 at Villa Park and beating United 3-1 at Old Trafford. By comparison, Palace have drawn both their Premier League games in January and suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Derby County in the FA Cup.
Last December’s 3-2 ended a run of 13 matches without a win in Manchester, but Palace have never won two games in a row in this fixture.
The good news for City is they have no new injury worries ahead of Saturday’s match. Defender Aymeric Laporte is now in full training but is still likely to miss the match. Winger Leroy Sane is still out injured.
Luka Milivojevic is serving the second of a three match ban and misses the match, while Max Meyer suffered an ankle injury in last weekend’s draw with Arsenal, but defender Joel Ward is available again after injury.
City have gone into full-on goal scoring mode and that cannot be good for Palace, considering they have conceded five goals on three occasions in recent visits. I want to predict that sort of scoreline but feel it will be too disrespectful to Palace. Ah, to hell with it.
City 5-0 Palace