Manchester City vs Crystal Palace live Soccer: Watch Online Game, how to watch Online Live Stream, TV Schedule, Online TV Channel, Odds, Game Time and more info. Date: Saturday, May 6, Time: 12:30 p.m. BST, 7:30 a.m. ET.
Ilkay Gundogan (knee) remains sidelined for City and will only play again next season, while goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (calf), Sergio Aguero (groin) and John Stones (muscle) will all miss out as well, with the latter suffering an injury against Manchester United.
David Silva (leg) is also a doubt and will face a late test to see if he can play a part against the Eagles. Other than that, Pep Guardiola does not have any fresh injury concerns or suspensions to deal with.
City will definitely be looking to attack as they absolutely need a win at this stage but they will need to be extremely wary of the pace of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, who have been lethal on the counter recently.
They will also need to overcome their set-piece issues as well as their problems with dealing with balls into the box, as the aerial threat of Christian Benteke has been one of the main focal points for Palace since Allardyce took over.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Caballero, Zabaleta, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure, De Bruyne, Sane, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus
Yohan Cabaye (knock) is a slight doubt, while James Tomkins (ankle) and Pape Soure (leg) are major doubts and are unlikely to feature. Scott Dann (knee), Connor Wickham (ACL) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) are likely to miss out.
Allardyce has tightened up Palace’s defence as he tends to do when he takes over teams that are fighting relegation, but with both Dann and Sakho missing, he will have to rely on the likes of Kelly and Delaney to put in good performances against City’s potent attack.
Palace will be looking to get Wilfried Zaha on the ball at every opportunity, and Allardyce will be well aware of City’s deficiencies at the back – particularly their weakness from balls over the top and crosses – and will look to hit them on the counter and put their defense under pressure.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Delaney, van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend, Benteke
Manchester City’s hopes of UEFA Champions League qualification rest on their final matches in the Premier League this season, as the hosts prepare to welcome Crystal Palace to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The Sky Blues lie only one point ahead of Manchester United in the standings, and any slip at this point could see them miss out on their European objective.
Palace have produced a magnificent run of form against superior opposition in recent weeks, and the Eagles are now six points above the relegation zone.
Crystal Palace have been impressive against the big sides recently – most notably handing Chelsea a shock 2-1 defeat – and will be looking to add another name to their list as they travel to the Etihad on Saturday.
The Eagles are six points above the relegation zone with three matches left and will be looking over their shoulder at Swansea, especially since Sam Allardyce’s men also face a trip to Manchester United on the final day. Palace have beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool over the last few months and have shown that they can step up when needed but will be coming up against a Manchester City side that will be full of determination.
City are coming into the game on the back of two consecutive draws against Manchester United and Middlesbrough and are rather precariously only one point ahead of City rivals Manchester United, who face Arsenal on Sunday.
Guardiola’s men will be looking for a win and Crystal Palace will have to be at their best come Saturday night. This is sure to be an open, exciting game with both teams still having plenty to play for.
The opening season of Pep Guardiola’s tenure as City manager has been an inconsistent affair, as the Spanish coach learns to balance his tactics against the power and pace of English football.
The Sky Blues have appeared motivated in attack as they slice through teams, but they have not been consistent in defence despite the high-profile capture of John Stones last summer.
Palace could provide a perfect storm at the Etihad, with their direct style exposing City’s biggest weaknesses.
Eagles boss Sam Allardyce has again produced a magical response to the threat of relegation.
Christian Benteke has found his best form, and the Belgian striker has scored 14 times in the Premier League this term, per WhoScored.com.
Palace have a long list of injuries ahead of the fixture, with Yohan Cabaye, James Tomkins and Pape Souare all doubtful, per City’s official website. Scott Dann, Connor Wickham and Mamadou Sakho will not make the trip north.
The return of Gabriel Jesus gives Guardiola a fresh option at the point of the attack, and the Brazilian is a real prospect who could take the league by storm next year.