Manchester City will be taking on Crystal Palace in the premier league game on Sunday, 31st December 2017 at Selhurst Park in London, you can tune in here to watch live action of the match as well as match highlights after the game is over. City will be looking to keep continue their absolute top notch form and register 17th straight win in the league. Crystal Palace are coming into this game on the back of 3-1 defeat in the hands of Arsenal and they will fancy their chances at home against current league leaders City to get something out of this match. Match starts at around 12:00 uk time and we will have live links right here on this page.
Match Preview & Team News: Crystal Palace are 6 points clear from the relegation zone and Sam Allerdyce will be hoping to wrap up the survival with a positive result against City on Saturday. However it will be a big task for Palace as City are playing some great football and with Jesus back in the squad and scoring goal again we might see a goal fest at Etihad Stadium. City has struggled at home for best part of this season having won only 8 of the 16 home games drawing 7 and losing 1. Palace on the other hand are pretty solid away from home and they will fancy their chances of getting some from this game if they can frustrate City and keep the game 0-0 till halftime.
City will be without Claudio Bravo who is out injured due to calf injury which means Wilfredo Caballero to start in goal. Jesus to start upfront inplace of Sergio Aguero who is also sidelined due to groin injury. David Silva is a major doubt while Jesus Navas is likely to start at right back yet again with Bacary Sagna struggling for match fitness after recovering from injury.
Palace on the other hand will be without their central defenders in James Tomkins and Scott Dann which gives Martin Kelly an oppertunity to impress. Benteke, Zaha and Townsend to start upfront. This is how I expect both teams to lineup.
Match Predictions: Hard to see Palace getting anything from this game, however City has struggled to put away teams at Etihad this season and combine that with Crystal Palace’s knack of picking up points on the road it might turn out to be another a surprise result. However, looking at the quality City posses I am going with a routine win for Pep Guardiola’s men.