Manchester City has one hand on the Premier League title this weekend when they travel to Crystal Palace. The match schedules for Saturday at Selhurst Park, with kickoff at 2:30 pm.
The hosts are recovering from a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Leicester City on Monday night. In contrast, Man City overcame Paris Saint Germaine by a similar scoreline in the first leg of the Champions League.
Crystal Palace looked set on giving Brendan Rodgers another setback in their hopes of a top-four finish last week. Despite boasting of a 1-0 lead before the halftime whistle, Palace soon found the victim to two almost identical goals from Timothy Castagne and in-form Kelechi Iheanacho.
Even though the Eagles are mathematically safe from the relegation battles, they are 11 clear from the dropzone with a game in hand on the bottom three. So despite reassuring their Premier League status, Hodgson will be looking to end the season on a good high note.
In contrast, Pep Guardiola saw a game of two halves at Parc des Princes with a 2-1 triumphant win over Paris Saint Germaine. In the meantime, the Citizens can temporarily forget their continental endeavors.
Moreover, City could wrap their Premier League title if they won at Selhurst Park while Manchester United loses to Liverpool. The results will open up an unassailable 13 point lead with four games remaining.
Crystal Palace vs. Man City Head to Head
Both games have 18 games against each other with Crystal Palace taking two wins while Man City with 14 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Leicester City 2-1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea
Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom
Tottenham 4-1 Crystal Palace
PSG 1-2 Man City
Man City 1-0 Tottenham
Aston Villa 1-2 Man City
Chelsea 1-0 Man City
Dortmund 1-2 Man City
Crystal Palace Team News
Roy Hodgson contends with a highly packed treatment room with Gary Cahill, Mamadou Sakho, Nathan Ferguson, and James Tomkins. Connor Wickman and James McArthur are unavailable for this match. However, James McArthy is pushing for fitness to drop Jairo Riedewald.
Manchester City Team News
John Stones will serve the second two-game domestic suspension after seeing a red card against Aston Villa. However, Guardiola enters on the back of a fully fit squad. Fernandinho is a candidate set to replace Rodrigo in the middle of the park.
Prediction and Odds
The squad rotation from the visitors gives the home side hopes, but their recent form has been deteriorating.
Manchester City Win
Goals Under 3.5
No Score: Away