Manchester City will be looking to continue their impressive Premier League form after crashing out of the Carabao Cup midweek, where they host Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Manchester City currently sit in third position while Patrick Vieira’s Palace side are 15th after drawing six of their nine games played.
Guardiola’s men suffered their first Carabao Cup defeat in five years having won the trophy in each of the last four successive seasons, with David Moyes’ West Ham leaving the London Stadium victorious via penalties to send them through to the quarter-finals.
Despite the minor blip, City have been in sensational form in their quest to retain their Premier League crown, having convincingly beaten high-flyers Brighton at the Amex Stadium 1-4, with the goal conceded being only the fourth in nine games.
Though the customary quadruple talk has been drawn to a close earlier than usual, Guardiola and his side have the tough task of keeping pace with the impressive Liverpool side who are yet to be beaten and Chelsea who sit on top of the league.
City do have an impressive record of their own however, after going unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games – the last coming on the opening day of the season against Tottenham.
Additionally, their home record is something to be fearful of for visiting teams with the Cityzens being the only side in the league who are yet to concede at home.
Despite Patrick Vieira suffering a last-gasp draw on his return to his former club – Arsenal – last weekend thanks to a goal from Alexandre Lacazette with effectively the last kick of the game, it has been an encouraging start from the Frenchmen and his side.
After four successive draws for Palace, reaching stalemates against Brighton, Leicester, Arsenal and Newcastle, three of those games involved last minute equalisers which cruelly took away all three points in each game for Vieira.
Palace’s last victory at the Etihad came in December 2018 thanks to the memorable wonder-goal from Andros Townsend.
Since then, it’s been two consecutive wins for City though Vieira will take some encouragement that a victory away to the Champions can be done.
City remain without Ferran Torres who continues on the side-lines for the next months due to a foot injury, however the Spaniard is the only absentee ahead of the fixture for Guardiola.
Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez look set to drop to the bench in favour of Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus all taking a starting role which has been the preference of the City manager in the last weeks.
As for Palace, they remain without Eberechi Eze who has no set return date following his injury back in May – and like the home side – they have no new injuries to report ahead of the trip north.
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace – kick off at 3pm (UK time) on Saturday 30th October 2021
Written by Joel Tudor